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5 Commonly Misunderstood Dental Insurance Terms Defined

Dental Insurance Terms and Definitions by Wayne NJ dentist Dr. Frank V. Maldonado

Are You Confused With Dental Insurance?

Sometimes reviewing and understanding your dental insurance policy can seem like you’re trying to decipher the tax code.

If the terminology of your dental insurance benefits confuses you, you’re not alone.

While it may help to have a dental dictionary on hand, it’s not too practical to carry with you to the dentist.

According to Delta Dental, a 2016 survey found that only 4% of Americans could identify basic insurance terms and definitions.

So let’s get back to basics.

To help you better understand your dental insurance benefits, let’s put the confusion to bed and define five of the most commonly misunderstood dental insurance terms.

But first, an important reminder… Read the rest of this entry »

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How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health & Appearance

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health & Appearance

Are You Missing One or More Teeth?

If you have experienced tooth loss, you already know how this can make you feel about your appearance.

When you’re teeth & gums are in great shape, you have no problem smiling.

But when you’re missing one or more teeth smiling is not something you want to do, and when you feel self-conscious about your smile it lowers your self-confidence

Beyond all of the aesthetics and the emotional impact, missing just one tooth can have a major impact on your oral & overall health.

Tooth loss can lead to the shifting of the surrounding teeth, your teeth will actually begin to migrate toward the empty space.

The misalignment and empty space where natural tooth structure should be will often result in increased tooth decay & gum disease issues.

Furthermore, a missing tooth can result in major issues with overall health due to the associated loss of jawbone. Read the rest of this entry »

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DIY Teeth Whitening: Facts Vs. Fiction

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares DIY Teeth Whitening Facts Vs Fiction

DIY Teeth Whitening

Have you ever considered undergoing some teeth whitening to shape up your smile?

If so, then you know there are plenty of options available to you.

Teeth whitening may very well be one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, in particular around the Holidays, on Valentine’s Day, and for Prom season.

Invariably around those times, we get a lot of questions about teeth whitening, but these are two we tend to hear most often.

“What is the most effective way to whiten my teeth?”

“Do those whitening strips sold at the supermarket really work?”

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4 Ways Seeing Your Dentist Saves You Money

4 Ways to Save Money at the Dentist by Wayne Dental Arts

Going to the Dentist Can Save You Money?

Your dentist can help you save money, but first, you have to actually schedule – and keep – your appointments.

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least once every six months.

Depending on the condition of your teeth & gums, existing health issues, habits, or genetics, your dentist could even recommend up to three or four times a year.

So how does visiting your dentist help you save money?

Not because your dentist dishes out financial advice while they’re toiling away on your teeth, but because by seeing your dentist you are proactively monitoring & treating any potential minor dental health issue that will only turn major by delaying treatment.

Think of it as preventative maintenance, like an oil change with your car.

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National Tooth Fairy Day Happens Twice A Year

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares National Tooth Fairy Day News

When Is National Tooth Fairy Day?

National Tooth Fairy Day is actually observed twice a year, on February 28th & again on August 22.

But why is the Tooth Fairy so special, and does she really deserve two entire days of national celebration?

If you’ve been a loyal reader of our blog then you’re already familiar with our take on this Tooth Fairy.

From running a global tooth trade syndicate to employing kid-friendly characters to do her dirty work, we believe the Tooth Fairy’s ultimate aim is to manipulate children out of their teeth – and parents out of their cash.

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4 Times Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work

4 Times Teeth Whitening Won't Work Wayne NJ Dentist Frank Maldonado DDS

Teeth Whitening Is Very Popular

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular Cosmetic Dentistry procedures at our office, hands down.

A recent survey showed 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%.

And 6 out 10 people believe a whiter, brighter smile would boost their self-confidence especially in the 18 to 24 age range.

Americans reportedly account for more than $1.4 billion of the $3.2 billion dollar global cosmetic tooth bleaching industry.

Everyone wants a healthy looking dazzling white smile, but there are times when you won’t get the desired results with teeth whitening.

When Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Get Results

Whether you plan on using an over-the-counter teeth whitening product or you elect to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, there are times when you will not be happy with the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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FDA Issues Benzocaine Warning for Parents With Teething Babies

Benzocaine Puts Teething Babies At Risk

Got a teething baby?

Don’t give your baby anything that contains benzocaine!

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,

“The FDA is committed to protecting the American public from products that pose serious safety risks, especially those with no demonstrated benefit,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
“Because of the lack of efficacy for teething and the serious safety concerns we’ve seen with over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products, the FDA is taking steps to stop use of these products in young children and raise awareness of the risks associated with other uses of benzocaine oral health products.”
“In addition to our letters to companies who make these products, we urge parents, caregivers, and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain. We will also continue working with Congress to modernize our over-the-counter drug monograph regulatory framework as part of our mission to protect and promote public health.”

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4 Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Non-Surgical Root Canal Treatment in Wayne NJ by Frank V. Maldonado DDS

When Is A Root Canal Necessary?

Despite the fear-inducing reputation, root canal treatment preserves the dead or infected tooth.

Root canal therapy is recommended when there is a need to repair and preserve a severely damaged or infected tooth.

Here at Wayne Dental Arts, we perform non-surgical root canals when there is a need to remove an infection from the nerve or tooth pulp – the collection of tissue & blood vessels inside the tooth structure.

Infection of the tooth pulp can be caused by trauma, tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, or repeated dental procedures.

In order for the infection to be removed, root canal treatment is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steph Curry’s $25,000 Mouthguard Is For Sale

Steph Curry's Mouthguard Could Sell for $25,000

Steph Curry’s Mouthguard Could Sell for Over $25,000

Steph Curry’s mouthguard from Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals is up for auction.

Which begs the question, would you really want someone else’s mouthguard?

Even though Steph’s mouthguard spends a lot of time out of his mouth, there are more bacteria in our mouths than there are people on the planet.

And I get that some of us love to collect sports memorabilia, but a used mouthguard?

Yes, the mouthguard in question is Steph Curry’s, arguably one of the greatest pure shooters to ever play in the NBA.

And yes, Steph’s mouthguard is from the final sweep game of Golden State Warriors 2018 NBA Title winning season.

But someone is really going to pay upwards of $25,000 for it?

That looks to be the case considering that the game-worn mouthguard could fetch upwards of $25,000 on the auction block. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Coffee & Tea Are Good for Your Teeth

Are Coffee & Tea Good For Your Teeth

Coffee & Tea Can Be Good for Your Teeth

It’s common knowledge that drinking coffee or tea is one of the most popular ways to begin your morning, and you probably also know that regular coffee & tea consumption can lead to stained or yellowing teeth.

But what are the dental health benefits of coffee & tea?

Recent research points to yes, in moderation that is. As with most things, there are both positive & negative factors to consider, whether we’re talking about food, drinks, or medications.

If you have any questions about how coffee and tea affect your teeth, talk with your dentist.

Before we get into how coffee & tea is good for your teeth, let’s first examine why these morning beverages of choice can have negative effects. Read the rest of this entry »

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