X-Rays Are an Important Tool for Modern Dentistry

X-Rays Are an Important Tool for Modern Dentistry

If you have ever visited a new dentist or gone to your current dentist's office after being away for a while, one of the first things the dental technician probably did was take a set of X-rays of your teeth. In medicine, X-rays are used to see the bones inside your body to look for fractures, deterioration, and other issues. In dentistry, however, X-rays are a fast, effective and unobtrusive way to see inside your mouth. They let the dental tech and the dentist identify problems such as cav...

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Dental Care for the College Freshman

Dental Care for the College Freshman

The summer between high school and college is a time for saying goodbye to old friends and looking forward to new adventures in the grownup world. It's both exciting and scary. For many young people, it's often the first time in their lives that they have to start taking responsibility for their own lives. Their parents are going to stay at home while they go off into the wild, wonderful world and make their own path. Dental Care for Grownups That includes arranging for their own dental...

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There’s No Dental Problem That Can’t Be Fixed

There’s No Dental Problem That Can’t Be Fixed

Teeth Whitening Procedure Dentistry has come a long way in just the past 50 years. Not that long ago, the most common approach to solving a serious dental issue was extraction. Today, many problem teeth can not only be saved but made to look better than ever. It's fair to say that thanks to modern dental technology there isn't any dental issue that can't be repaired, resolved, or made to look better. This includes things like misshapen or malformed teeth, crooked or bent teeth, chipped or...

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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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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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How to Tell Somebody They Have Bad Breath

How to Tell Somebody They Have Bad Breath

Do you know somebody who has bad breath all the time? Maybe it's a co-worker or a classmate. Or perhaps it's a friend or a member of your own family. When people have chronic bad breath, they usually don't realize it themselves. And too often, the people who are close to them are too embarrassed to tell them. Or perhaps they don't want to hurt their feelings. So the person with the awful breath continues to offend others in blissful ignorance. It's Your Duty to Tell Them Strangers with ...

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