We Are Fluent in Dental Insurance-ese

We Are Fluent in Dental Insurance-ese

What does your dental insurance cover? Does it allow you to see your dentist whenever you want? Or are there only a limited number of annual visits allowed? And what about which procedures it covers? If you get cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening or laminates will you have to pay out of pocket? And if so, how much? Questions such as these are baffling for the average person. But at McCosh Family Dentistry, we deal with dental insurance providers all day every day. So we can usually ...

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Getting Ready for Photo Season

Getting Ready for Photo Season

When you think about it, springtime probably is the most popular time of year for picture taking. Annual events like proms, graduations, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations, and quinceaneras often are scheduled during the spring. The months of April and June also are one of the most popular for weddings. It's no accident that spring is the season for celebrations. Flowers are in bloom, the weather usually is fair, and people often are ready to celebrate after a long winter. So it's only n...

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Blowing Off Your Dental Appointment a Bad Idea

Blowing Off Your Dental Appointment a Bad Idea

In dental offices, there is always a certain percentage of patients who will miss their dental appointments. But lately, more people are skipping their appointments without calling, rescheduling, or notifying staff that they won't be showing up. Not only is this annoying for the dental office, but it's also disrespectful to other patients who may have been denied an appointment time in order to accommodate this thoughtless patient. But there are other consequences to "blowing off" a dental ap...

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This One Weird Trick Can Eliminate Bad Breath Permanently

This One Weird Trick Can Eliminate Bad Breath Permanently

Most people who have bad breath don't realize it. Their family, their friends, and the people they work with are often too embarrassed to tell them. Instead, they simply avoid talking face-to-face with them so they don't have to be exposed to their halitosis. That means that you could actually have bad breath and not even know it. But the good news is that most cases of bad breath are relatively easy to resolve. Causes of Bad Breath There are lots of causes of bad breath. It could be y...

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5 Ways to Avoid Staining Your Teeth

5 Ways to Avoid Staining Your Teeth

Certain foods and other substances are notorious for staining teeth. These include tobacco, coffee, red wine, and even tomato sauce. But now you can enjoy these things and others without having to worry about hiding your smile due to stained teeth. Here are five simple ways to avoid staining your teeth while eating anything you like. Knowledge Is Power Being aware of the stain potential of the foods you eat can help you limit their intake to practical levels. For example, if you know co...

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Regular Dental Care Could Be Good for Heart Health

Regular Dental Care Could Be Good for Heart Health

If you want to avoid heart disease later in life, one effective way might be to see your dentist regularly. Wait a minute, you may be saying. What does treating my teeth have to do with the long-term health of my heart? There is a lot of scientific evidence that suggests that people with gum disease, periodontal disease, and other dental issues may be more susceptible to heart problems when they get older. So seeing your dentist now could be a way to live longer, feel better, and have a he...

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We Can Accommodate Your Busy Schedule

We Can Accommodate Your Busy Schedule

Scheduling a dentist's appointment can be challenging. But at McCosh Family Dentistry, we make every effort to accommodate the busy schedules of our patients. Many dentists require patients to schedule appointments months -- or even years -- in advance. But how are you supposed to know your availability that far in advance? Parents are constantly adjusting their schedules to get their children where they need to be. And working people are often at the mercy of business demands that are out...

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Today Practically Any Dental Problem Can Be Repaired

Today Practically Any Dental Problem Can Be Repaired

Dentistry has made enormous progress in recent years. Even as recently as a decade ago, there were some dental issues that were essentially beyond repair. In many extreme cases, the only solution was extraction. But today, there are very few dental issues that cannot be repaired so that the finished result looks better than the original. Broken or cracked teeth? No problem. Nerve pain or damage? Piece of cake. Crooked or malformed teeth? No big deal. In fact, thanks to advances in modern d...

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Changing Dentists Can Be a Challenge

Changing Dentists Can Be a Challenge

While a dentist's career can span for decades, sooner or later it's time to hang up the drill. If you have been going to the same dentist since you were a child, their retirement probably will be harder on you than it is on your dentist. When your dentist retires, moves away, or shuts down his or her practice, like it or not you are going to have to find a new dentist to provide your dental care. So where should you start? First Things First When your dentist notifies you that they wil...

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Need a Root Canal? Don’t Freak Out

Need a Root Canal? Don’t Freak Out

If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, it's not as bad as you think. It actually may alleviate dental pain and sensitivity in the affected tooth permanently. And it probably won't be as painful as you imagine. Root canals are routine dental procedures that are intended to help you save your natural tooth. Thanks to modern, more painless dental techniques, they are more common today than they were in the past when the damaged or diseased tooth probably would more likely just ...

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