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Beating Dental Insurance

Click here to see video. I think there are two big mistakes people make when working with their dental insurance. First, because the policies are complicated (by design in my opinion) many decide, because they have no pain, to postpone dental visits. Big mistake, because disease usually begins as a silent problem — for years […]

Flossing and Dental Insurance

To watch video click here. Script Outline: Confused? You’re not alone. Obviously the fact that I have put the two subjects in a single title implies they have some things in common, and they do. Many things, actually. For one thing, they have ME in common. I’m interested in both and yet most people are […]

Flossing and Dental Insurance

 Here’s the video. Here’s the script: Confused? You’re not alone. Obviously the fact that I have put the two subjects in a single title implies they have some things in common, and they do. Many things, actually. For one thing, they have ME in common. I’m interested in both and yet most people are not […]

Dental Care and Dental Insurance

This is a long video but I don’t apologize. That’s  because if you have dental insurance, but really don’t understand how it works, this information will be both helpful and unique. The reason I say this is because you will be getting the perspective of a dental provider whose primary professional purpose is to help […]

Why Flossing is Important

  A book about flossing your teeth? Really? I am a periodontist, which means I am a dentist with additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases. Yes, some of it is pretty complicated, but not all of it. After years of study and after treating thousands of patients, I have come to […]

Why Some Periodontists Use Lasers

This is a good video and describes why certain lasers work for gum disease and others do not. It also describes how periodontists like me have to work through the pros and cons of certain procedures before (1) deciding on additional training and (2) changing office procedures. Some periodontists have not moved to using lasers in […]

What causes gum recession?

What causes gum recession? Answer: It’s a bit complicated. To put this in scientific jargon, it’s multifactorial – meaning there are many possible possibilities. So let me list a few for you. Thin bone. If teeth are crowded with some of them may be sitting outside of a complete thickness of bone surrounding them in […]

Three Reasons You Might Want to See a Periodontist

A periodontist is a specialist in dentistry with advanced training in problems involving the tissues that surround the teeth. This includes things familiar to people, like the gums (its fancy name is gingiva) and bone; but also things most people outside of dentistry have never heard of, like cementum and periodontal ligament. To become a […]

Orthodontics and Periodontal Disease

Does having periodontal disease mean I can’t or shouldn’t have braces to straighten my teeth? Periodontal disease, when active, results in bone loss around teeth. Orthodontics involves moving teeth through bone to relocate them in better places for both appearance and function. The process of moving teeth activates bone cells to remove bone in front […]

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part 5

Frankly, I have no illusion that I can single handedly change the quality and nature of periodontal therapy in every dental office in the world – at least not over night. There will come a day when dentists and dental hygienists train patients in ways very similar to how they perform clinical procedures today, because […]