From Cavities to Stress-Grinding, the Pandemic Has Been Hell on Our Teeth

By |2021-03-07T10:22:19-05:00March 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

On March 26th, at the start of the first pandemic shutdown, Montgomery County resident Cathy Belfield was working from home while her two kids played in the driveway, rolling around on skateboards. While skateboarding isn’t a typical activity for her son, who is “extremely cautious,” it was a nice day outside, and without anywhere to

9 Tips For a Healthier Smile

By |2021-02-28T17:11:20-05:00February 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|

An AACD survey revealed that 99.7% of people who were surveyed believed a healthy smile is important socially. Whether we are nervous about other people's perceptions or because we become self-conscious when our smiles aren't perfect, our smiles are important. That's why it's so important to make sure you have the healthiest smile possible. Here

How to Treat and Prevent Dental Root Cavities

By |2020-10-08T23:05:39-04:00October 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What causes root decay? Typically, tooth decay causes all cavities, including root cavities, to develop. The process occurs over time, and it starts with a sticky film called plaque that develops on your teeth when bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and starches that are left behind from the foods that you eat. The

How to Care for Your Teeth in Your 30s

By |2020-10-08T22:56:01-04:00October 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

When you’re a kid, dental care boils down to one simple task: don’t get cavities. Following this directive is equally simple. Brush your teeth twice a day, go light on soda and candy, and put up with an annual dental cleaning. After which, if your dentist is cool, you go home with a lollipop. (Sugar-free,

The Current Health Crisis Threatens to Increase Disparities in Teen Oral Health in the U.S.

By |2020-09-16T15:32:00-04:00September 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The current pandemic is affecting African Americans and Latinos particularly hard, reports U.S. News, particularly in the realm of dental and oral health. On the whole, oral health has improved in children and teens alike significantly over the past half century, owing to actions such as water fluoridation and school-based sealant programs. But youths with minimal access

The Silent Epidemic in Oral Health

By |2020-02-28T11:12:07-05:00February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

TRANSCRIPT JULIE FLAHERTY:  In 2007, Alyce Driver was a mom in Maryland scraping together a living working at a grocery store and caring for the elderly. One of her struggles was trying to find a dentist for her kids—one who would take Medicaid—but despite countless phone calls and even the help of a pro bono

How small businesses can leverage benefits as a recruiting tool

By |2020-02-28T10:34:01-05:00February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

It’s harder than ever for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to compete for top talent. This is a result of a combination of factors (i.e. budgeting, worker qualifications, etc.) and greater influenced by the fact that unemployment rates are at an all-time low. In a workers’ market, salaries rise and larger companies get creative in

Quip, an Instagram-Friendly Toothbrush Company, Is Going After the Dental Insurance Industry

By |2019-07-10T13:42:52-04:00July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Quip, an online subscription platform that ships dental supplies to consumers, is expanding its service to help members book professional care for their mouths. Called Quipcare, the app-based platform allows those using the company’s service to browse nearby options at set rates, pay for their care and manage treatment notes or reminders. These visits, according

Not on my watch! A Warning about DIY

By |2019-06-26T13:15:21-04:00June 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A 26-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PRESENTS for a new-patient exam. She had already been seen for a limited exam and subsequent extraction of a wisdom tooth. She was diagnosed with generalized Class II periodontal disease and multiple restorative needs, including gross apple-core and interproximal caries. It is highly likely that several teeth will end up needing crowns

Often lost in health care debate, lack of dental insurance impacts millions

By |2019-06-21T14:37:08-04:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The severe pain struck when Christian Ortega’s lower left molars decayed, causing one molar to break. The pain was so bad that one day he had to skip his shift as a cook. Lacking dental insurance, Ortega had previously scheduled an appointment at a Western Dental office, where he says the quote he was given