Children's Oral Health

Can Children’s Oral Health Affect School Performance?

If your child is struggling or falling behind in school, you may investigate why. Perhaps they aren’t studying long enough? Or maybe they are having attention issues or other behavioral problems. What if, however, their poor academic performances weren’t due to bad behavior, but rather bad health? And what if their poor health was dental related? Confused? Ask yourself this – can children’s oral health affect school performance?

Why Oral Health Affects Grades

Dental care and school performance may not seem like they go hand and hand, but the reality is that proper oral health and care are essential to a child’s educational success.

In fact, according to studies published in the American Journal of Public Health, students with tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low-grade point average than those students with proper oral hygiene and care. In addition, 11 percent of students who lacked access to proper dental care missed school, in comparison to just 4 percent of students who had access to dental care. The studies concluded that “Children with poorer oral health status were more likely to experience dental pain, miss school, and perform poorly in school. These findings suggest that improving children’s oral health status may be a vehicle for enhancing their educational experience.

The reality is that many children, regardless of their access to dental care, are not great at communicating with parents about their dental discomfort or pain. This is especially true if they believe that they may face discipline for their behaviors – such as not brushing their teeth or eating too much candy. In addition, children may not fully understand why they do not feel well, and may not associate it with dental problems. If a child avoids discussing their pain, they may go to school in agony – meaning their performance may suffer a noticeable decline.

What You Can Do

One of the best ways to help your child avoid the worries of declining school performances due to tooth pain is to help them practice proper oral hygiene techniques. Regular brushing and flossing is the best preventative measure your child can take to avoid cavities or other dental ailments. It’s also crucial that you provide your child with a healthy, well-balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in processed sugars. Scheduling frequent, regular dental check-ups and cleanings is another excellent way to ensure your child doesn’t suffer as a result of poor dental care.

Contact Care One Dental Today

It is essential that your child visits the dentist as soon as tooth pain begins. Only an experienced dentist can properly diagnose and treat an infected or broken tooth, take care of a cavity, or other dental problem which is bothering your child.

Toothaches are painful. Visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to help your child say goodbye to tooth pain – and hello to better grades – give us a call today at 561-894-4299.

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Composite Fillings Vs. Amalgam: Which is Better?

Getting a dental filling is no fun. Neither is deciding which type of filling to get: amalgam or composite. There are, however, differences between the two which make choosing the right one an important decision you shouldn’t neglect. So, composite fillings vs. amalgam: Which is better?

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are silver in appearance and are the time-tested fillings that are familiar to most people. Amalgam refers to a mixture of metals, which in the case of fillings are copper, silver, tin, and mercury. In fact, mercury amounts for half of the make-up of amalgam fillings, as it acts as a bonding agent for the other metals, creating a strong, durable filling material. There are several pros and cons associated with traditional amalgam fillings:

Pros

  • Amalgam fillings have been used for over one hundred years, meaning they have been proven effective with time.
  • Amalgam fillings last on average 10 to 15 years, meaning you do not have to replace them as often as composite fillings.Amalgam fillings are much less expensive than composite fillings.

Cons

  • Amalgam fillings are much more noticeable than composite fillings, as they are metallic in color.
  • Because of the combinations of metals found in amalgam fillings, some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to them.

Composite Fillings

Composite, or resin, fillings are a compound of plastic and ceramic. Composite fillings, also known as white fillings, blend in with the natural tooth, providing an invisible appearance. Like amalgam fillings, composite ones have many benefits and drawbacks:

Pros

  • Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are the same color as your natural teeth, meaning they are practically invisible.
  • Composite resin is much more flexible than the metals in amalgam fillings, meaning that less drilling is required and more of the original tooth is retained.
  • Resin easily bonds to teeth.

Cons

  • Composite fillings require replacement more often than amalgam fillings. Composite fillings usually last between five and seven years.
  • The process of installing a composite filling is much more time consuming than an amalgam filling.

So, Composite Fillings Vs. Amalgam: Which Is Better?

Still not sure what the best option is – amalgam or composite? The answer depends on a variety of factors. One element to consider is the location of the filling. If it is on a back tooth, amalgam fillings may be advantageous, as they last longer, are less visible to others, and are cheaper to get. For more visible teeth, composite fillings may work better, as they blend into your natural teeth. Another factor is insurance. Some insurance plans may not cover composite fillings – though this is much less common nowadays – as they are a deemed a cosmetic fix. The best way to decide for yourself if you should choose an amalgam or composite filling is to talk to your dentist.

If You Need Dental Work, Care One Is Here to Help

Cavities and damaged teeth can be painful. However, visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to say goodbye to dental problems, then give us a call today at (561) 894-4299.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Financing

For many, a trip to the dentist is a worrying thought – and not just because dentists have gotten a bad wrap as purveyors of pain. Dental treatments often scare patients because of the costs associated with them. Also, since many insurance policies offer limited coverage, individuals can find themselves paying out-of-pocket with huge bills to worry about. At Care One Dental, we aim to make a trip to the dentist as painless and pleasurable as possible – and that includes our pricing! Unfortunately, however, some procedures are more costly than others. We strive to provide our patients with as much information as possible so they can make the best decisions for their health. Here’s everything you need to know about dental financing.

Insurance

When it comes to dental financing, your best bet to reduce your dental costs is to enroll in a dental insurance program. Usually offered by employers, dental insurance is a great way to cover the typical costs of preventative dental procedures and visits. This usually means that for things like checkups or cleanings, all you need to do is cover your copay or premiums.

Insurance programs usually grade dental procedures on a scale of cost and necessity, meaning more expensive procedures may only be partially covered. Usually, complicated procedures are limited to a maximum dollar amount of around $1,500 per year, although this can change depending on the provider.

CareCredit

The associated costs with necessary or cosmetic dentist procedures often put many people off from getting the work done they badly need. Fortunately, CareCredit is there to cover what insurance may not. Available at many dentists, including Care One Dental, CareCredit overs qualified patients a line of coverage on deductibles, copays, or any costs that dental insurance may not cover.

What makes CareCredit a great choice is that it offers no interest on purchases from $200 to $999 depending on the procedure – if the balance is repaid in full within six to 24 months. To find out if they qualify, patients simply apply at the dentist’s office. If approved, they don’t need to re-apply again, giving them the peace of mind that their future dental needs are covered just in case.

Paying Out-of-Pocket

Paying out-of-pocket for dental procedures is another way to cover the costs of dental care. While obviously not ideal for the patient, in many instances’ dentists are willing to work with individuals so that they are able to receive the care they want – and need. If you need to pay for a dental procedure out-of-pocket, always discuss your options with your dentist. Depending on your history with the dental practice or your personal situation, they may be able to help set up a payment plan, offer a discount, or something else to make sure you aren’t denied care.

If You Need Dental Financing, Care One Is Here to Help

Damaged teeth can be painful. However, visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to say goodbye to dental problems, then give us a call today at (561) 894-4299.

 

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Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Enamel?

When someone realizes they have discolored teeth, they can feel embarrassed, have a loss of self-esteem, or any number of other negative reactions. Fortunately, teeth whitening can return both their brilliant smile and their confidence. But are there any side-effects? And does teeth whitening damage your enamel?

A Common Teeth Whitening Myth

One of the most common concerns when it comes to tooth whitening is if these products can cause damage to the tooth’s enamel. The answer to this question is really quite simple: no. It absolutely will not.

Right now, I can almost hear you screaming at your screen, “this can’t be right! Whitening hurts my teeth, so surely there’s damage being done!”  But there is plenty of reasons why professional teeth whitening is perfectly safe, which we’ll discuss now.

Tooth Enamel

First and foremost, tooth enamel is incredibly durable. Tooth enamel is the outer covering of the tooth – almost like its protective shell. Enamel, which covers the visible tooth, is considered to be the hardest tissue in the human body and is exceptionally rugged. This enamel, however, isn’t what causes discoloration of teeth. Enamel is translucent and composed of tiny tubules, which allow stains to permeate the dentin, which lies beneath it.

Dentin

Dentin is the main portion of a tooth – and is responsible for the color of it. This layer of tissue is what absorbs much of the tooth’s stains – from things such as sodas, tea or coffee, wine, tobacco, or other products. In order to successfully whiten your teeth, products must bypass the enamel, through the previously mentioned tubules and remove stains from the dentin. This is why tooth whitening is virtually harmless to your enamel. In fact, according to WebMD, products which utilize 10-percent carbamide peroxide showed no effect on the mineral content or hardness of a tooth’s enamel surface.

Tooth Sensitivity

One reason why people believe that tooth whitening must damage the tooth’s enamel is that of pain and sensitivity. According to Reader’s Digest, 78-percent of those having their teeth whitened experience sensitivity. While this discomfort would seem to imply that damage is taking place, this is not the case. As the whitening products begin to take effect, the tubules of the enamel are left open and exposed to bleaching agents, like peroxide-based whiteners – which causes sensitivity to the dentin.

Fortunately, this discomfort is temporary, and will not cause any lasting damage to either your enamel or dentin. However, when the tubules are opened, and the dentin exposed, the dentin often becomes dehydrated, and as such, susceptible to further staining. For this reason, it is best to avoid any food or beverages which might discolor the teeth further during the whitening process.

Care One Dental Can Give You Back Your Smile!

Discolored teeth can be embarrassing and cause great mental anguish. Fortunately, getting your teeth whitened back to their pearly brilliance is an easy process! Visiting a dentist, however, shouldn’t be painful or stressful. At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you re looking to say goodbye to unsightly teeth and give us a call today at (561) 894-4299.

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Invisalign 101

Invisalign is quickly gaining popularity as an effective way to realign teeth. More discreet than traditional braces, whose metal hardware can irritate gums and embarrass wearers, Invisalign’s nearly invisible aligners give patients effective results – without the eyesore. Here’s Care One Dental’s guide to this amazing system: Invisalign 101.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a popular, modern dental solution to straightening teeth without conventional metal braces. Smooth, durable – and nearly invisible – plastic is custom molded into a set of aligners that snap into place over the user’s teeth. Every two weeks, the user exchanges the old aligners for a new set that slowly straighten the patient’s teeth to their correct positions.

Invisalign, which has grown greatly in popularity in recent years, is not for everyone. For those with severe straightening or re-spacing issues, traditional metal braces may be more effective. Your dentist will be able to scan your mouth with Invisalign’s 3D Imaging Technology to see if Invisalign is the right option for you.

How Long Does It Take?

As with traditional metal braces, the length of time a patient will have to use Invisalign to get the results they desire can vary greatly. Generally speaking, the average length of an Invisalign treatment in about 12 months. The overall time frame, however, is dependent on the severity of the alignment issues with the teeth, to begin with. For a more accurate estimation of the length of treatment, it is best to consult your dentist.

What Are the Benefits?

Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional metal braces. These include:

  • Comfort – Invisalign, while uncomfortable with initial usage, is usually considered much more comfortable than traditional braces, which can cause irritation to the gums.
  • Removable – Invisalign aligners are removable, which allows users the chance to remove Invisalign for meals or any other reason.
  • Invisible – Like the name implies, Invisalign is nearly invisible, meaning patients can have all the benefits of traditional braces, without the unsightly metal and rubber bands.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

While Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional braces, that does not mean that they do not have any drawbacks to their metal counterparts. These drawbacks include:

  • More Expensive – Invisalign offers users the chance to straighten their teeth without the unsightly appearance of traditional braces. Unfortunately, however, this benefit comes with an added cost. Traditional metal braces generally cost around $3,000-5,000; whereas Invisalign can cost between $3,000-8,000. While the disparity isn’t too great, many dental insurance policies will greatly reduce the out-of-pocket expense for patients using metal braces. While more and more providers are beginning to consider Invisalign a comparable treatment to braces, not all offer the same coverage – so it’s best to consult with your dentist.
  • Not Suitable for Everyone – As mentioned earlier, for patients with severe alignment issues, traditional braces may be more effective than Invisalign.

Is There Any Discomfort?

When beginning Invisalign treatment, patients may experience discomfort. As the aligners fit over the top of the teeth, they can take some getting used to – users may find themselves subconsciously try to remove them in their sleep. In addition, as the teeth begin to shift, users may experience pain and discomfort – this is normal and is similar to metal braces. The pain will subside over time.

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At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to say goodbye to crooked teeth, give us a call today at 1-561-894-4299.

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