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6 Reasons to Smile About Dental Implants

6 Reasons to Smile About Dental Implants

Dental Implant Awareness Month: What’s Your Reason to Smile?

This year’s theme of Dental Implant Awareness Month is, “What’s your reason to smile?”

The mission of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry aims to empower individuals considering dental implants through education and celebrate those who are already living a life full of smiles with their dental implants.

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution to replacing one or more missing teeth.

This is because dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that actually mimics your natural teeth.

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown, if you were to compare natural human teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’d see they are basically the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dental Implant Awareness Month: What’s Your Reason to Smile?

Dental Implant Awareness Month: What's Your Reason to Smile?

September Is Dental Implant Awareness Month

Dental Implant Awareness Month is brought to us by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID),

“Dental implants can inspire newfound life and confidence. When you see the look and smile on someone’s face, it’s truly incredible.”

– AAID President, Natalie Wong, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID.

To celebrate Dental Implant Awareness Month, the AAID Foundation is raising money for its Wish A Smile Program.

Under the program, AAID-credentialed dentists provide free services to individuals who are financially disadvantaged, have a congenital defect, and are in need of dental implants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are School Band Instruments Bacterial Hot Zones?

School Band Instruments Bacterial Hot Zones

The Band Is Back To School

During back to school season, parents have a lot to worry about, plan for, deal with, and do.

If you have a child who plays in the school band, remember to add some anti-bacterial products to that back-to-school shopping list.

In a study from the journal General Dentistry, published by the Academy of General Dentistry, researchers found 295 different types of bacteria in the 117 spots that were tested, which included the mouthpieces, internal chambers, and instrument cases of school band instruments.

Several different types of infection-causing staphylococcus bacteria were identified in many of the instruments.

Other bacteria — including those associated with diarrhea, food poisoning, osteomyelitis, or bone infection, and other conditions — were also discovered. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Reasons Avocados Are Good For Your Smile

Avocados Are Good For Your Smile Too

Avocados Are Good For You

No, this isn’t another blog post to tout the tasty hipster take on toast, even though it is pretty good – especially with tomato!

Since we’re celebrating #NationalAvocadoDay, we’re focusing on how good Avocados are, for you, and your smile.

But is that really such a secret?

According to this blog post from Delta Dental, Americans eat upwards of seven pounds of avocados each year – this despite being on the more expensive fruits in the produce section.

Did you think that the Avocado was a vegetable?

Avocados are widely considered a superfood by most nutritionists & dieticians, and yes, they are a fruit – a berry actually, according to the California Avocado Commission.

So now that we have them properly categorized, let’s take a look at why avocados are so good for your teeth & gums, aside from being naturally sodium-, sugar- and cholesterol-free… Read the rest of this entry »

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What Are The Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

Gum Disease Warning Signs Dr Maldonado

Gum Disease & Overall Health

Are you walking around with gum disease and don’t even know it?

The warning signs of gum disease often go unnoticed until the advanced stages, this is why millions of people don’t know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth.

The number one cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene.

When you neglect your teeth & gums – by not brushing daily for #2min2x a day or flossing – plaque will build up along the gum line, which leads to the first stage of gum disease, Gingivitis. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ADA Is Taking On SmileDirect Club™

What the ADA Wants You To Know About SmileDirect Club™

The American Dental Association Vs. SmileDirect Club™

On July 11, 2019, the American Dental Association (ADA) announced that it had sent a complaint letter on June 27th to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.

This letter comes about two months after the ADA filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stating that SmileDirect Club™ is placing the public at risk by knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction the agency has placed on teeth aligning materials.

“The ADA took these actions out of concern for patient safety and to enable consumers to take action when negative treatment outcomes occur,” – said Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

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3 Surprising Summer Staples That Can Damage Your Smile

3 Surprising Summer Staples that Damage Teeth

We’ve heard it all before: Summer’s sugary treats can harm teeth. Running on a pool deck can result in dental disaster.

Though they’re important, watch out for these 3 not-so-predictable pearly white pitfalls this summer: Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Things To Know About Dental Insurance

7 Dental Insurance Facts You Need to Know by Frank Maldonaldo DDS

7 Facts About Dental Insurance You Need To Know

Although insurance should never dictate treatment, a lot of us have questions about our dental insurance coverage.

And while insurance is something we should all have, a lot of us have trouble understanding confusing dental insurance terms or paying for much-needed dental treatment.

If you are not on an employer plan, and you pay for your own dental insurance, it pays to shop around and compare the benefits with the cost of the insurance.

Here are seven things you need to know about your dental insurance benefits: Read the rest of this entry »

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National Smile Power Day

Smile Power Day 2019

A Smile Is A Powerful Thing

“Confidence, health, and quality of life are just benefits for the person doing the smiling, the power communicated to the person – or people – receiving the smile is immeasurable.”

Smiles are so powerful that we’ve dedicated an entire month to them, not to mention more than one commemorative “World” day, along with more than one “National” days.

Here are a few of the most widely-known commemorative months & days dedicated to celebrating the ubiquitous smile: Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Invisalign® Payment Options

4 Invisalign Payment Options by Wayne Dental Arts

Invisalign® Payment Options

“How can I learn about payment options for Invisalign® treatment?”

That’s one of the most common questions we hear when patients ask us about Invisalign clear aligners.

No matter the motivation behind asking us about Invisalign, covering the cost of treatment is often one of the biggest concerns.

And according to, the cost of treatment is similar to traditional metal braces. Read the rest of this entry »

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