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5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance

5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits by Frank V Maldonado DDS

Your Dental Insurance Expires December 31st

Do you know how to save hundreds of dollars on dental insurance?

It’s easy to do, by maximizing your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year.

Most dental insurance plans operate on a calendar year, some work on a fiscal year, but virtually all dental insurance benefits expire…whether you’ve used 100% of the funds or not!

5 Ways To Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

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Dental Crowns: What, Why & How They Restore Your Smile

Dental Crowns- What, Why & How They Restore Your Smile

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown, also known as “cap,” is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.

Dental crowns are a healthy way to fill gaps in teeth and to restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth.

A crown can also help you bite and chew better, which can improve not only the physical appearance of your smile but your overall health & wellness too.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Vaping Safer Than Cigarettes?

Is Vaping Safer Than Cigarettes

Vaping Is Growing In Popularity

In case you haven’t noticed those plumes of smoke emanating from the car in front of you, it seems like vaping is everywhere these days.

Despite their recent popularity, vaping – and e-cigarettes – have been around for a while.

What’s of particular concern to dentists, doctors, and other healthcare providers, is the popularity of vaping amongst young people.

According to CNN, citing a U.S. Surgeon General report indicated a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.

Deceptive marketing & advertising tactics aside, is vaping actually safer than smoking cigarettes? Read the rest of this entry »

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7 At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods That Work

7 Effective At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

What Are The Most Effective At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods?

Do you find yourself shying away from selfies or hiding your teeth with a closed-lip smile due to your less than white teeth?

You’re not alone, having confidence in your smile does a lot for your self-esteem.

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

We all want a healthy-looking smile, but we also don’t want to go to some extreme length to do so.

And while getting your teeth whitened at the dentist is the most effective method, at-home teeth whitening can be effective.

All the trendy teeth whitening tricks aside, there are a few tried & true ways to whiten your teeth at home. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Ways To Pull A Child’s Loose Tooth

4 Ways To Remove A Child's Loose Tooth

Do You Remember Pulling Your First Loose Tooth?

Losing your first baby tooth is one of many childhood experiences that was both terrifying, then relieving.

Whether your parents chose the old-school handkerchief grip & rip extraction, or one of the more popular tooth removal methods you’ve surely seen on social media, losing your baby teeth was always a memorable experience.

And one that kids sometimes dread.

Once the anticipation of dread over how it’s going to feel and if there’ll be blood turned to the realization that it really wasn’t that bad, the next thought was probably how much money you’re going to rake in from the Tooth Fairy.

Baby teeth usually begin to loosen and fall out generally around age five or six.

With the hope of saving parents and kids from having to deal with all despair over yanking out that loose tooth, we’ve decided to poll our member dentists and compile a list of easy & painless loose tooth removal methods.

4 Easy Painless Ways To Remove Your Child’s Loose Tooth

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When Kids Get Cavities…Here Is What To Expect

What to Expect When Kids Get Cavities

Kids & Cavities

Do you remember when you had your first cavity?

Maybe you’ve always been super diligent with your daily dental hygiene regimen and managed to get through your childhood without experiencing a cavity, or the filling to repair it.

If so, you deserve a lollipop!

Just remember to rinse your mouth out with water after eating that sucker, and wait at least thirty minutes before brushing your teeth.

For those of you that have had cavities as a kid, or have kids now that may have a cavity or two, we wanted to explain the process of how we go about treating children’s tooth decay – and a few points on how to prevent them. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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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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