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Question: I am living in Los Angeles and have very bad teeth. I have been to a dentist that gave me a free consult but the cost of having all the dental work needed is more then I can afford right now.  However I can not afford to continue to delay the needed dental care. I am looking for a dental PPO plan that will let me stay with the dentist I seen and can help me with my dental needs    

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Dentist are worried that teenagers are putting their teeth and oral health at risk by trying dangerous do-it-yourself teeth-whitening techniques found on the Internet.  Too many teenagers uses  online tips of do it yourself teeth whitening since money and access to proper dental whitening care may not be in their reach.  

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Question: I been looking for dental insurance for myself but I am quickly finding out that the plans I seen on line are just costly for me at this time.  What I would really like to know is if getting a low cost dental discount plan really a good alternative to dental insurance?  I see you offer a few dental discount plans on your site so can you advise which may be the best one to get?  

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Question: I just shopping for dental insurance and want to know how to get the best dental insurance plan.  

Answer: This is a question that comes up quite frequently, however I will tell you there is no sure answer. The real reason why is because no one knows the condition of your teeth except you and your dentist. The second thing is what “best” means to you?  Is it the best price, or deductible, or maybe you need coverage for orthodontics. Anyway I found if you use the web site to compare the dental plans that would be your best start. At least you will have a bunch of dental plans to compare.  Also we provide a member service line at 310-534-3444 if you have any questions about any of our plans they will be happy to help you pick the best plan for yourself.

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There are good benefits to fruit juice, however just like soda they can still be harmful to your child teeth.  According to the head of a leading Dentistry University in Australia, juices, contain citric acid which can dissolve the hard structures of your teeth, especially the exposed roots and the enamel, which leaves the inner parts of teeth exposed. This, in turn, leads to tooth sensitivity.  The healthiest drink you can give your child is water but you do not have to stop all other drinks. Give limited amounts of fruit juice and soda and have your child drink out of a straw to limit contact on there teeth.

 Many children like to be able to show their independence by doing tasks, such as brushing their teeth, on their own. Even if your child is still not correctly brushing you should let them brush their teeth either before or after you have correctly brushed their teeth. 

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Did you know that cheese can help you protect your child teeth from tooth decay?  By offering your child a piece of cheese after a meal or snack the cheese helps neutralizing the harmful acids from the mouth. In addition, cheese helps to make tooth enamel stronger and becoming a perfect barrier that will protect from tooth caries.

Babies can start teething as soon as three months but normally for most babies teething beings around six to seven months.  The first teeth that will usually appear will be the lower incisors (front teeth).  As your child grows and develop more teeth, you can use a toothbrush that is designed for your child’s age. Avoid using toothpaste that contains fluoride until your child is old enough to understand that swallowing the toothpaste should be avoided.

Oral hygiene is just as important to infants as to children and adults.  Even though a baby may not have teeth you still need to provide for daily oral hygiene for your infant.  Infants require daily oral hygiene, because the tissues in the mouth require cleansing to prevent irritation and infection.  Thrush is a treatable fungal infection caused by yeast that often appears in areas of the mouth that may have torn tissue, due to the constant sucking of a pacifier, bottle, or during breastfeeding. The tiny tears remain moist, and if not removed, the yeast can cause this painful condition.

Parents can normally have very busy day and so it easy to forgot things at time.  Kids can be just as busy doing their kid stuff and forgetting to brush often happens. By using a brushing chart it will help your kids to remember to brush and floss their teeth on a daily basis, plus it will also give you a little reassurance that this important task is not being forgotten. You can find tooth brushing charts free on line or you can make them yourself.

It is estimated that the average American drinks nearly 600 cans of soda person per year. Studies shown that soft drinks is a causing factor to adult’s and children’s tooth decay. The problem with soda in regards to dental health is that many sodas contain acids and sugars that could erode tooth enamel over time. Even diet soda contain phosphoric acid and/or citric acid and still cause dental erosion — though considerably less than their sugared counterparts.  

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Many parents try and limit the amount of soda their child drinks, but sports drinks can be just as harmful to their children’s  teeth.  Most sports drinks are quite acidic (pH 3-4) and if taken to excess, may lead to dental erosion and demineralization. One study found that 57% of 11-14 year-old’s had evidence of some dental erosion.

In Washington a two and a half year old had to under go dental surgery, after dental x-rays showed that 11 of his 20 baby teeth had cavities. The pediatric dentist extracted two incisors, performed a root canal on a molar, and gave the rest fillings and crowns.  

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 It is never good to do anything in excess, when it comes to whitening your teeth dentist warns that over bleaching your teeth could harm your health.  Dental health professionals have coined the term Bleachorexia to describe a person with an addictive obsession with bleaching their teeth to the point that it’s affecting their dental heath. Beaching your teeth correctly can provide you with a smile you want.

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If your child is fussy about brushing their teeth is can be that they do not care for the taste of the toothpaste in use. There are many kid friendly toothpaste that may make your child want to brush or brush longer.  Colgate has Colgate Kids in strawberry as well as watermelon flavors. 

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A dental abscess begins as a tooth infection or cavity and can turn into an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat if left untreated.   Bacteria form tooth decay can extend into the gums, cheek and throat, beneath the tongue, or even into the jaw or facial bones.  Periodontal abscesses are the result of an infection that has moved deeper into gum areas, and a periapical abscess refers to a tooth with an infection of the pulp. 

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Whitening your teeth at home with Over The Counter Teeth-Whitening Kits.  

There are many over the counter teeth whitening products that are available.   Teeth whitening strips are what some dentist will advise if you are going to whiten your teeth at home, since you are less likely to swallow bleach or damage your gums with those type if whitening products.  Over the counter whitening products are normally the least expensive teeth whitening option however a down side is the bleaching solution used in over-the-counter products may be too mild to yield dramatic results or to whiten severely stained teeth.

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