Author: Chris Winters

The Basics of Dental Hygiene With Braces

Getting braces can feel like a hassle. They’re invasive and sometimes uncomfortable. But, by putting up with a few months of annoyance (and learning the basics of dental hygiene with braces), patients can enjoy a great smile for years. While your braces are working their magic, though, you’ll need to step up your dental hygiene habits. “Just having braces makes it harder to keep the gums clean, because there are so many more surfaces to brush and floss around,” says Dr. Samantha Sacchetti, general dentist at Village Dental. This means a greater risk of decay and tooth loss. Here’s...

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Getting Over Your Fear of Contacts

Your eye is designed to keep foreign objects out: Lashes guard it, tears wash away specks of dust and sensitivity lets you know that sticking things in it can be painful. So how do you get past your fear of contacts and used to inserting lenses? Lots of practice. Even if you don’t normally wear contacts, you can take full advantage of your vision benefits by ordering a year’s worth and wearing them occasionally to overcome your fear. “The insertion and removal process can be tricky, but receiving guidance in person from a trained eye-care professional or optometric technician...

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How to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

It can sometimes be a struggle to get kids to brush their teeth, but early life is the time to build good dental-care habits to help keep kids’ teeth healthy, experts say. Even though those baby teeth will fall out, poor dental hygiene early can cause long-term problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of kids ages six to 11 had at least one cavity in permanent teeth in 2011 and 2012. “It’s not fun for the parent or the child to have to undergo local anesthetic to have a tooth filled...

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Is Open Enrollment a Good Time to Get Dental Insurance? Yes!

Open enrollment is all about health insurance to many people. They focus on their coverage options and the needs they might have in the coming year. But open enrollment should inspire you to think about dental insurance as well. Peggy Molero, telesales representative at Starmount, shared her tips on having a great experience in buying a dental insurance plan during open enrollment. Know Your Open Enrollment Situation At open enrollment, you may be losing group coverage or retiring and want to continue with an individual plan, Molero said. Or you may find it more affordable to purchase a standalone...

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How to Pick the Best Toothpaste

The best toothpaste. What does that even mean? With the wide variety of toothpastes available, the choice goes far beyond gel versus paste these days. How can a person choose? Knowing what goes into toothpaste and what those different ingredients do can help you pick the best one for your teeth. “The most important thing is that you find a toothpaste that you enjoy using twice a day for a full two minutes,” said Samantha Sacchetti, D.D.S., general dentist at Village Dental in Kenilworth, Illinois. Here are some tips for looking at the details and picking the toothpaste that...

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