Care Credit

CareCredit

CareCredit: What Is It & How Can It Help You?

CareCredit is a health, wellness and personal care credit card that makes it easier to pay for care for the entire family—including pets—today. It gives you a convenient, flexible way to cover a wide range of health and personal care costs, including deductibles, copays, coinsurance and other costs not covered by insurance.

CareCredit is accepted at over 200,000 providers nationwide for LASIK and Vision Care, Cosmetic and Dermatology Procedures, Dentistry, Veterinary, Hearing Care and other specialties.

How It Can Help You

CareCredit gives you more than just a way to get the care you want and need without spending your cash or typing up cards you want to reserve for life’s other expenses. Today, more than 10.5 million cardholders use their CareCredit card for everything from basic healthcare needs to unplanned expenses, elective procedures, prescriptions, equipment and more. Plus, you can use CareCredit to pay your health bills online.

Using CareCredit for Dental Financing

Being proactive about your mouth health will have you smiling for years to come. That’s because regular dental check-ups by qualified dental professionals can improve your overall health and well-being by catching problems before they start. Here are just some of the many dental care procedures and treatments you can use your CareCredit healthcare credit card for you or your family.

Preventative Dentistry

• 6-month check-ups

• Endodontics

• Periodontics

• Periodental scaling

• Periodontal disease prevention

• Gingivitis prevention

• Fluoride treatment

• Ceramic Fillings

• Sealants

• Teeth cleaning

• Mouth guard for sports​

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry

• Dental implants

• Ceramic crowns

• Root canals

• Braces or retainers

• Invisalign teeth straightening

• Lumineers

• Six Month Smile

• Veneers

• Bite plates

• Headgear

• Tooth repair

• Teeth cleaning

But Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

“Thanks to Care Credit, I was able to get my son’s wisdom teeth removed. Since I did not have the money upfront, this was a great way to pay overtime… I always recommend Care Credit to anyone that needs to finance a medical procedure…”

Karen C.

“My best 30 was the first 30 days after getting my life back, after CareCredit’s approval, as I was suffering tremendous tooth pain… I had been hopeless and in pain for some time but after receiving the care, I was able to once again enjoy time with my family, chewing without pain, and planning my future instead of dreading a life on pain medication. Thanks, CareCredit! My Best 30 are still going!”

Jason M.

Or by visiting any Neighborhood Dental location!

Dental Radiation

The Reality of Dental Radiation

Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays have very low doses of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in one day of natural background radiation. When these x-rays are performed properly, there’s very little cause for concern. A routine examination with four bitewing x-rays exposes you to roughly the same amount of radiation you will experience during a short one to two hour airplane flight.

Who Needs Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are used diagnostically to help dentists detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. Adults receive dental x-rays so dentists can better identify and treat various issues. Using these x-rays, your dentist can see:

  • Areas of decay, including those in between teeth or under a filling
  • Bone loss associated with gum disease
  • Abscesses, which are infections at the root of the tooth or between the tooth and gum
  • Tumors
  • Changes in the root canal

Without an x-ray, many of these problems could go undiagnosed. With an x-ray as a reference, dentists are also better equipped to prepare tooth implants, dentures and other similar treatments.

Children and Dental X-Rays

Many parents are concerned about the impact of dental x-rays on children as they are more sensitive to radiation. However, the amount of radiation in a dental x-ray is still considered safe for a child. Younger patients may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing, and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. These x-rays help dentists to:

  • Ensure the mouth is large enough to accommodate incoming teeth
  • Monitor the development of wisdom teeth
  • Determine whether primary teeth are loosening properly to accommodate new permanent teeth
  • Identify decay and gum disease early

It’s important for children to visit the dentist regularly, and to get x-rays as recommended by the dentist. The exact schedule for these x-rays will vary depending on the child’s individual needs.

Pregnancy and Dental X-Rays

Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid dental x-rays. Though the radiation is minimal, it’s best to avoid all exposure when possible for the health of the developing fetus. For this reason, it’s important to tell your dentist if you are or may be pregnant.

However, there are some instances where pregnant women should still have dental x-rays performed. If you have a dental emergency or are in the middle of a dental treatment plan, you may still need x-rays during your pregnancy. Discuss the issue with your dentist to determine the best way to proceed. It’s crucial that you balance both your dental and prenatal health. Women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, so you shouldn’t neglect your teeth during pregnancy.

If your dentist deems an x-ray is necessary, there are certain precautions they follow to keep you and your baby safe. Keeping your dentist informed at all times is the best way to proceed.

Determining Whether X-Rays are Necessary

It’s up to the dentist to make an informed decision as to whether the patient needs x-rays based on:

  • Age
  • Stage of dental development
  • History of oral health
  • Risk factors for various conditions
  • Presenting symptoms

To further minimize your need for x-rays, if you have x-rays from a previous dentist, make sure to transfer these to any new provider to eliminate the need for repeat procedures.

Dental x-rays are considered extremely safe. Don’t hesitate to discuss the need for dental x-rays with your dentist to better understand how he or she can help protect and improve your oral health.

Same Day Crowns

Same Day Crowns

Why Patients are Choosing Same Day Crowns

Dental crowns can give you a smile that hides a lot of dental issues, including gaps, cracks, discoloration and crooked teeth. In the past, the procedure was complicated and would require two appointments and several weeks to get your new smile. However, thanks to technological advances, you can now get same-day crowns, which basically means that your new teeth are designed and fitted on the same day.

This innovative technology allows the dentist to use an in-office machine to create quality crowns on the day of the dental appointment. Like traditional crowns which are fabricated at a laboratory off-site, same day crowns are protective caps used to restore a cracked tooth, to cover a dental implant or to restore a tooth after a root canal.

However, there are a lot of people who are skeptical of new technology. One of the major questions people ask is whether there is any a dental difference between traditional and same-day crown procedures. The answer is yes.

1. Time and Convenience

A traditional procedure requires two appointments and a few weeks of waiting. The first appointment involves a consultation during which the dentist will get an impression of your tooth. professionals at a dental lab will use this impression to create a crown that resembles the structure of your natural tooth. The process can take several weeks. However, a same-day crown uses CAM/CAD technology to fabricate a crown in the dentist's office. Therefore, you do not have to wait to get your new teeth.

2. Material

Same-day crowns only consist of ceramic. However, traditional crowns can consist of several materials, including ceramic, porcelain, metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Dental crowns that contain metal are very durable, as metal fuses very well to dentin.

3. Strength

While professionals in a lab construct the traditional crowns, the end-product is a lot stronger than same-day crowns. Furthermore, materials such as leucite-reinforced ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal can only be used to fabricate traditional crowns, making them stronger and more durable. Unfortunately, these materials are not as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic. Therefore, they are not ideal for a dental crown on your front teeth.

4. Temporary Crowns

When a patient chooses traditional crowns, the dentist will give them temporary crowns while they wait for the lab to fabricate their permanent dental caps. These temporary crowns have a lot of disadvantages. They are quite uncomfortable, especially if they shift a little in your mouth. Most of them do not fit properly, and they can actually increase the likelihood of tooth decay, because food debris may get under the crown. Same-day crowns on the other hand, has eliminated the need for temporary crowns as you can get permanent crowns in a single appointment.

5. Attention to Detail

Same-day crowns are very aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking. However, if you want a front tooth that perfectly matches the next tooth, a traditional crown made from ceramic or porcelain may be ideal. This is because the traditional crown is fabricated by hand by an expert in a lab who applies more nuanced details to get a better match.

Call Us Today!

Same day crowns have a lot more advantages over traditional crowns, but they are not ideal for everyone. If you want a dental crown, talk to a dentist to help you decide which option is best for you. Contact us today for more information from Neighborhood Dental or to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implants

High-Tech Teeth

High-Tech Teeth

People are living longer than ever. While regular brushing, flossing and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. In fact, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss—mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures, but dental implants are available today.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Think of them as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When placed in your jawbone they become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth. They allow you to live the way you want to without worrying about your teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages, including:

Improved appearance.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

Improved speech.

With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

Improved comfort.

Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

Easier eating.

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

Improved self-esteem.

Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

Improved oral health.

Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.

Durability.

Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

Convenience.

Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering form uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

To better understand what makes dental implants the definitive solution for missing teeth, please feel free to visit us for a free consultation. Schedule yours today. You’ll be amazed at what our dental technology and expert care can do for you!

Earth Day

Green Your Dental Routine

Green Your Dental Routine

Earth Day began in 1970 as an event to raise awareness of our environment. What began as a single day in April is now recognized worldwide to encourage people to “think green” and promote the importance of being environmentally friendly.

In celebration of Earth Day, Neighborhood Dental would like to share a few simple eco-friendly tips that will help keep your teeth clean and healthy, all while helping to save the environment – and your finances!

Turn Off the Faucet

It may be hard to believe, but water is not an unlimited resource. Only 1% of the Earth’s water can be safely used. Therefore, it’s important to use water efficiently. By turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day. That’s over 200 gallons a month! Turning the water off while you brush will greatly reduce wasted water.

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Recycle/Reuse Toothbrushes

It’s estimated that 50 million pounds of toothbrushes are thrown into U.S. landfills each year. Since toothbrushes and flossing sticks are made primarily of plastic, many are considered recyclable. Using a toothbrush with a replaceable head or one that is biodegradable or made of recycled materials also reduces the amount of waste when it needs to be replaced. Once your toothbrush has reached its life expectancy (3-4 months), reuse it for cleaning around the house, jewelry–even your shoes.

Do Not Flush Floss

Non-biodegradable nylon floss cannot dissolve in water and will not break down like other disposable products. When floss is flushed down the toilet, it works its way through the water system, polluting the water and potentially killing birds, animals and fish through accidental indigestion. This is avoidable by simply throwing the floss into the garbage.

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Conserve Energy

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom getting ready. So, switch out old bulbs for LED ones or, if you can, just use natural light. Turn off the bathroom fan as soon as the moisture from the shower has dissipated. Since bathroom fans suck air outside, they suck out air you’ve paid to heat or cool. Unplug your electric toothbrush charger. It isn’t necessary to charge your electric toothbrush every day, all day – or to leave the charger plugged in. Even though it’s turned off, it is still very likely consuming electricity.

Brush Your Teeth Together

Not only will this tip cut down on water waste, it will also help make sure everyone in your family is staying on top of their oral health. Instead of having the entire family brush their teeth separately, make it a family event. This works great with young children as well, because it helps promote the importance of oral care as they age.

 

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

One of the easiest ways to participate in Earth Day is by simply reducing the amount of refuse that ends up in landfills. Many communities have recycling programs for paper, plastic and metal refuse. Doing so reduces the need for new disposal space, the amount of energy needed to burn refuse and helps conserve the resources used to make new products. Additionally, many products can be repurposed to create a new item. Old furniture can be remade into a new piece. Old clothing can be used for craft items. If you can’t find ways to reuse your old items, donate them to a charity.

 

Using these eco-friendly toothbrushing tips every time you brush your teeth can help dramatically decrease your environmental footprint. If you’d like to learn more about how to maintain a healthy smile, contact Neighborhood Dental to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

Ways to Start Giving Back

6 Easy Ways to Start Giving Back

The month of April is a great time to get involved and help make a difference in your community. Here are 6 easy steps to get you started giving back.

  • Pick A Cause
Ways to Start Giving Back

First, choose a cause or charity that you’re passionate about and start advocating for it in your daily life through social media, conversations with friends and family, adjustments to your habits, etc.

  • Donate – Time or Money
Ways to Start Giving Back

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  • Help A Neighbor
Ways to Start Giving Back

A great way to give back is by helping a neighbor in need. Cook a meal or mow the lawn for someone in your community who could use some help.

  • Gather Your Friends
Ways to Start Giving Back

The more people you’ve got behind you, the bigger impact you can make! Get a group together and tackle a cause one Saturday each month.

  • Spread the Word
Ways to Start Giving Back

When you’ve found a group that does good in your community, don’t keep it to yourself. Spread the word to colleagues, family and neighbors and encourage them to participate.

  • Make It A Habit
Ways to Start Giving Back

Giving back really does feel good. And once you start, you may never want to stop. So, do your best to volunteer or donate on a regular basis – it’ll become a habit in no time.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is divided into two categories – those occurring in the oral cavity (your lips, the inside of your lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue and the floor and roof of your mouth) and those occurring in the oropharynx (middle region of the throat, including the tonsils and base of the tongue).

Early detection may result in better treatment outcomes and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is approximately 60 percent.

Where Can Oral Cancer Appear?

The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue, as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

It’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms and to see your dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks. 

  • A sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Some people complain of a sore throat, feeling like something is caught in their throat, numbness, hoarseness or a change in voice. If you have any of these symptoms, let your dentist know, especially if you’ve had them for two weeks or more.

What Are the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?

Research has identified a number of factors that increase the risk of developing oral cancers. Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer than women. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers older than 50 are the most at-risk. 

The human papilloma virus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted, has also been associated with throat cancers at the back of the mouth. HPV-positive head and neck cancers are related to the rise in throat cancers in non-smoking adults. HPV-positive head and neck cancers typically develop in the throat at the base of the tongue and in the folds of the tonsils making them difficult to detect. Although people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers, early diagnosis is associated with the best outcomes. Regular dental check-ups that include an examination of the entire head and neck can be vital in detecting cancer early.  

How Can My Dentist Help Detect Oral Cancer Early?

During your regular exam, your dentist will ask you about changes in your medical history and whether you’ve been having any new or unusual symptoms.

Then, your dentist will check your oral cavity. This includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, the floor of your mouth and the roof of your mouth. Your dentist will also examine your throat (pharynx) at the soft part at the roof of your mouth, including your tonsils, the back section of your tongue and where your tongue attaches to the bottom of your mouth. The dentist will then feel your jaw and neck for any lumps or abnormalities.

What Happens If My Dentist Finds Something Suspicious?

Stay calm. Your dentist won’t be able to tell right away if what he or she is looking at is cancerous, so he or she may refer you for testing. Your dentist might also reexamine you a week or two later to see if questionable spots are healing on their own before recommending additional follow-up. Together, you and your dentist can create the best strategy for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

What Can I Do to Prevent Oral Cancer?

The most important thing is to be aware of your risk factors. Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer as they get older. If you smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol or have a poor diet, changing these habits can decrease the chances of developing oral cancer.

Certain strains of HPV can also put you at risk. The CDC recommends that 11 to 12 year old boys and girls get two doses of HPV vaccine to prevent cervical and other less common genital cancers. It is possible that the HPV vaccine might also prevent head and neck cancers – since the vaccine prevents an initial infection with HPV types that can cause head and neck cancers – but the studies currently underway do not yet have sufficient data to say whether the HPV vaccine will prevent these cancers.

If you have had oral cancer before, you may be more likely to develop it again so keep up those regular visits.

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The Art of Dentistry

The "ART" of DENTISTRY

Dentistry is often referred to as an art.  However, the art we’re referring to here cannot be acquired at your dentist’s office. Here are 15 dental-inspired pieces for your home we think you’ll like!

By Neighborhood Dental 

Illustrations

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Looking for a fun art piece for your kid’s room? Well, this limited-edition illustration by Oliver Lake is printed on 11.6” x 16.5” archival matte canvas. The print is part of a limited edition of 150 and comes numbered, signed and hand titled by the artist.

Get one from Etsy for $20.00.

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This numbered edition Giclée Art Print, designed by Grégoire GUILLEMIN, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Printed on 100% cotton, acid-free, heavyweight paper using HDR UltraChrome Archival Ink. Available in various sizes from 8”x11” to 40”x56”.

Get one from Etsy for $89.00+.

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This handmade original illustration by Micaela Riva features the Patroness of Dentistry and those suffering from toothaches or dental problems. It was inspired by old traditional Italian prayer cards call “Santini.”

Get one from Etsy for $9.36+.

Abstract

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This bright, modern abstract would brighten up any room. This print by Renee Leigh Stephenson is available as either a 12”x16” or 24”x24”.

Get one from Etsy for $24.25+.

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This abstract piece by Katie Vernon has been printed on archival bamboo fine art paper with archival pigment ink. Each print is signed and is available as either an 8”x11” or 11”x14”.

Get one from Etsy for $18.00+.

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This stretched canvas print by Kaitlin Walsh was inspired by how the terrain and negative space in a tooth cross section are reminiscent of nature. In Kaitlin’s words, “In a simple cross section, I see bottomless lakes, harsh valleys, regal mountains. That the majesty of nature can be echoed in this tiny, plain, functional thing is exhilarating.”

Get one from Etsy for $89.00+.

Surreal-ish

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This piece is downloadable and can be used in a multitude of ways, i.e. printed and framed, printed and placed on a clipboard, made into a canvas or used as a screensaver or background. It’s entirely up to you!

Get one from Etsy for $6.20+.

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This surrealistic etching by Jean-Philippe Paumier is inspired by a Chinese landscape. Both the original etching and 14” x 21” prints on canvas are available for sale.

Get one from Etsy for $135.00+.

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Very creative if we don’t say so ourselves! This print by Heather Galler is available in multiple sizes and is currently on sale!

Get one from Etsy for $19.15+.

Mixed Media / Collage

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Andy Warhol-inspired, this mixed-media print is on an authentic antique page from an 1881 German illustrated magazine – Gazebo. It is handmade and signed by Jaroslav Seibert. And in case you missed it, the skull is flossing!

Get one from Etsy for $12.00+.

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This 8”x8” archival print on Kodak Endura paper was created by Michael and Amy Monko. The collage was made by using antique medical book drawings that they took photos of, layered with photos of film and other backgrounds.

Get one from Etsy for $30.00+.

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This mixed media piece by Erin McGill was handmade using acrylic, cut paper, glue, ink and colored pencil on canvas. Plus, it’s coated with matte varnish so it’s safe for the kid’s bathroom!

Get one from Etsy for $24.00+.

Vintage-Inspired

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This made-to-order piece is digitally reproduced on canvas with archival UltraChrome Ink and sprayed with protective UV coating and hand-stretched around a 1.25” thick wood frame.

Get one from Etsy for $76.95+.

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Reproduction of a vintage poster. This ready-to-frame wall art is printed to order on heavyweight semi-gloss photo paper. Available in various sizes from 8”x10” to 11”x14”.

Get one from Etsy for $19.99+.

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An antique advertisement for The Ideal Felt Tooth Polisher. Printed over an upcycled book art page by Neece. You can upgrade to a variety of other book pages or request a custom order.

Get one from Etsy for $13.00+.

Dental Assistants

What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Dental Assistants

Do you ever look around at your dental office and wonder, “Who is that person assisting the dentist?” Well, we are Dental Assistants.

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants are those who help the doctors take care of their patients’ treatment. They make sure that you are comfortable while being treated and aid the doctor with whatever he/she needs while your treatment is being completed. They play a big role in the smooth running of the dental office, checking on others to help and making sure the dentist has what they require in order to attend to your dental needs. Here are some of the tasks that dental assistants do on a regular basis:

Prepare instruments for upcoming procedures

Greet patients and show them to the exam room

Assist the dentist with procedures by handing them needed instruments (chairside assisting)

Handle lab procedures such as cleaning dentures, taking impressions, and processing orders

Provide patients with home care instructions

Update dental records and other administrative tasks

The exact duties of a dental assistant will vary depending on the job. Some dental assistants spend more time in the lab, while others may have administrative duties such as scheduling appointments and organizing paperwork.

With dental assisting, no two days are ever the same! Many dental assistants like the variety of tasks they get to handle. While a hygienist spends the majority of the day providing teeth cleanings, a dental assistant tends to have a wider variety of tasks throughout the day.

So, the next time you are at the dental office, you will know who is assisting the doctor and be sure to know that we are all here to make your dental experience as pleasant as it can be. Your dental health is our main priority and we want you to leave our office smiling!

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

NCDHM began as a 1-day event in 1941, which then became a week-long celebration in 1955 and has now become a full holiday. Most states and dental clinics participate in NCDHM with activities and free screenings for kids.

Each year the American Dental Association promotes a different campaign targeting a new dental health goal. This year’s campaign gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of maintaining a health smile.

Part of a child’s development and overall health includes the health of their teeth and gums. The mouth harbors a lot of bacteria throughout the day and night, which eventually leads to tooth decay if your child’s smile isn’t regularly brushed and flossed. Without proper dental care, children will fall victim to cavities and gum disease, which can cause pain, discomfort, lack of nutrition intake and missed school.

However, there are several things you can do to help set your children up for good oral and overall health for life!

Brush for 2 Minutes, 2 Times a Day

Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is recommended—especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Try making up or finding a 2-minute song about brushing to make it more fun.

Drink Fluoridated Water

Skip the fruit juice. Fruit juices and sodas are packed with sugar. When paired with proper brushing and flossing, fluoridated water is your child’s best bet for a cavity-free smile!

Use Fluoridated Toothpaste

Toothpaste with fluoride is proven to be more effective for cavity protection. Many brands have fluoridated toothpaste for kids with fun flavors!

Eat A Balanced Diet

We all love the occasional sweet treat! With that said, you want to make sure your child’s diet mostly contains a healthy mix of fruits, veggies and proteins. When they do indulge in sweets, be sure they have a glass of fluoridated water to rinse with until it’s time to brush!

Floss Before Bed

Flossing is essential to your child’s dental health. You can begin flossing your child’s teeth when they touch together. Your dentist can show you how to floss your child’s teeth until they have the manual dexterity to do so themselves.

Visit the Dentist

Visit a dental professional every 6 months to maintain healthy teeth and a bright smile!

Education is one of our most important practice values, and we love getting parents and kids excited about dental care! Contact us to set up an appointment at 1 of our 7 friendly Neighborhood Dental locations today!

Looking for other fun dental-related activities for your kids? Download the following American Dental Association (ADA) activity sheets!