How to Get the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits

At Family Dentist Tree, we work with dental benefits every day. We know they can be confusing and difficult to navigate. While it’s important to review and understand your specific dental benefit package, here are some general tips to ensure that you are getting the most out of your benefits. Pre-authorizations If you are unsure of what your dental insurance will cover, ask your dental office to submit a pre-authorization. While pre-authorizations do not guarantee benefits, they are usually pretty accurate. If you have questions about your pre-authorization, talk to your dental office and they can help you understand your Read More →

Tips for Choosing Family Dental Care

Changing dental offices can be a real pain in the ……. tooth! With so many dental offices out there, how do you choose which one is best for your family? Each office is unique in the care it provides and the atmosphere they create. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next dental home!  It’s Obvious that They Love What They Do Choose a family dental care office where you can see their passion for dentistry in everything they do. Does the dental office provide a clean, friendly and positive environment and are the staff excited to see Read More →

4 Reasons to Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Appointment

Just as it feels summer is finally in full swing, we are suddenly bombarded with back to school ads and supply lists consuming our mailboxes. Ready or not, we will soon be trading out our shorts and flip flops for our new fall fashions. Back to school can bring a lot of anxiety for all, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. The most important thing we can provide for our kids before hitting the books is making sure they are healthy and able to absorb all of the information their brains can handle! Here at Family Dentist Tree, we Read More →

Which Mouth Rinse is the Most Beneficial?

From Christina, Dental Hygienist: Mouth rinses are a hot topic in dental hygiene. Almost daily, I am asked which mouth rinse is most beneficial. The answer isn’t easy, as more recent research has looked deeper into the active ingredients in mouth rinses and how they directly affect the mouth. Patients come to our office daily with conditions such as dry mouth, gum recession and cavities. These are all factors to take into account when recommending a mouth rinse. Best Mouth Rinses for People Prone to Cavities Recently, mouth rinses such as LISTERINE® have been shown to have a relatively low Read More →

Senior Dental Plans: What They Cover and How to Qualify

So, you’re a senior now. It’s time to retire, spend more time with your family, explore the world and relax, but don’t forget about those dental appointments! As we get older our teeth continue to change and providing care to keep your smile healthy and looking its best is something we at Family Dentist tree love to do! You may find yourself with a pile of options through private insurances for dental coverage and it can be hard to know which option is best for you. We’ve heard the struggles our patients have faced in making these decisions and the Read More →

Top 10 reasons for tooth pain

There are many causes of tooth pain. Sometimes it is directly related to your teeth, such as decay or gum disease. Other times it is indirectly related to your teeth, such as pressure or infection in your sinuses. Our experience has led us to the following top 10 reasons for tooth pain: Tooth decay Tooth abcess Gum disease Tooth fractures Temperature Sensitivity Damaged fillings or sealants Teeth grinding or clenching Improper brushing or flossing Misaligned teeth or impacted wisdom teeth Orthodontic Alignment If you are having pain or sensitivity it is important to see a Dentist right away. Waiting too Read More →

How abrasive is my toothpaste and what’s it doing to my teeth?

All toothpaste has some type of abrasiveness to it especially when coupled with a toothbrush; just how abrasive that can be is measured by RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasion). The ADA created a range of abrasivity that rates different toothpastes and their effect on the teeth. Their list ranges from 0-250 and is broken into 4 sections (Low Abrasive to Regarded as a Harmful Limit). Enamel is not as susceptible to abrasion (the wear on the teeth from a mechanical source, like a toothbrush with toothpaste) because of the hardness of the structure. The underlying structures of enamel like dentin and Read More →

Oral Hygiene and Braces

Many of us have had braces and know how difficult it can be to keep them clean. Especially when eating foods like bread, corn on the cob, foods with seeds and so much more. Here are some helpful ways to continue good oral hygiene while having braces. Brushing: You will want to brush after every meal and before bedtime for at least 2 minutes. It is best to use an electric toothbrush. You may need to replace your toothbrush more often than normal due to the extra wear your braces will place on the bristles. It is a good idea Read More →

Why do you need to Premed?

Have you ever had a joint replaced or heart surgery? There is a possibility you were recommended by your physician, surgeon, or dentist to take an antibiotic prior to future dental treatment. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. During some dental procedures, bacteria from the mouth can be introduced into the bloodstream. The bacteria can then travel elsewhere in the body and cause an infection. In these circumstances, an infection is uncommon but can become serious and life threatening. Those who are at higher risk are suggested to take an antibiotic premedication to help prevent the chance of an Read More →

So, You Don’t Like To Floss?

Flossing is recommended daily to clean plaque bacteria from in between the teeth that brushing alone doesn’t remove. Anytime we leave plaque between our teeth we put ourselves at risk for bleeding, inflamed gums, infection, gum disease and decay. Although flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth, there are other options that can work well and may be easier to use. Here are just a few options that we like to recommend in our office. Flossing Helpers: Flossers make it easier to floss because there is a handle attached to the floss. Floss threaders can help you Read More →