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

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Root Canals Save Teeth!

Save A Tooth Month Root Canals Save Teeth

May is Save Your Tooth Month

Root canals don’t hurt, they actually relieve the pain.

When your teeth show signs of infection or disease following a dental exam, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment – or refer you to an Endodontist.

But that’s not bad news, because root canals save teeth. A root canal is generally considered a healthier alternative to extracting the infected or diseased tooth.

While not very common, even kids get root canals.

When your natural teeth are removed, jaw bone loss will result if not replaced by a dental implant.

According to Dr. Karl Maloney, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Branchburg, NJ: Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happens When You Lose A Tooth?

What Happens When You Lose A Tooth- These 6 Things by Wayne Dental Arts

Are You Missing A Tooth or Multiple Teeth?

Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons)

Missing even just a single tooth can have serious consequences, both from a health and quality of life perspective.

Whether you are missing a single tooth or several of them, the consequences are sometimes misunderstood. Missing just a single tooth greatly impacts your speech, ability to eat, and even your self-esteem.

While there is any number of ways in which you can lose a tooth, there are only a few options to replace missing teeth, with dental implants being the best – meaning the healthiest, most permanent option.

Tooth loss is generally a result of gum disease, tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, genetics, or trauma.

When you lose a tooth, problems start immediately, your teeth are part of your body, they are supposed to be there.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common consequences people with one or more missing teeth experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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#ThankATeacher In Wayne NJ During National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week takes place during the first full week of May each year, for 2019 that’s May 5-11th.

Since 1984, the National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

PTA events at the national, state and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make.

Teachers around the country tackle the tough task of educating millions of kids every day, and they often don’t get the appreciation or recognition they deserve.

But not during National Teacher Appreciation Week – or Teacher Appreciation Day for that matter!

That’s right, Teacher Appreciation Day falls on Tuesday of the first full week in May, another chance to show some love to our teachers. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Criteria For A Properly Fitting Mouthguard

5 Criteria For A Properly Fitting Mouthguard

National Facial Protection Month

The Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association are teaming up to remind parents, coaches, and athletes, to play it safe when suiting up for recreational and organized sports.

“More than 5 million teeth are avulsed each year; many during sports activities, resulting in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.” – Journal of the American Dental Association

“An estimated 12 million people ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.” – Academy for Sports Dentistry

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation, finding that,

“an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.”

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4 Keys To Preventing Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Awareness Month 4 Keys To Prevention

“Approximately 53,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.” – Oral Cancer Foundation

Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Despite the efforts of the Oral Cancer Foundation, primary care physicians, celebrities, athletes, insurance providers, and dentists across the country, oral cancer awareness in the American public is pretty low.

That’s why every April we choose to help spread the message and build awareness about the risk factors, symptoms & treatments of oral, head & neck cancer.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

According to the Mayo Clinic, oral, head & neck cancers form when Read the rest of this entry »

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