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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 […]

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 […]

Advanced Sites as Parameter #2 in SPT

Well informed patients track the numbers and understand what they mean. They know that their bleeding index should be under 20% and that they should have no pockets greater than 5mm. When we boil this all down, how hard is that?

Using Bleeding Index in Periodontal Therapy

I teach the bleeding index to patients in order to help them better manage daily home plaque control.

Moving Patients In and Out of Supportive Periodontal Therapy

Since SPT is the destination of Periodontal Therapy, it is important that we establish what arriving looks like both for ourselves as well as for our patients.

Supportive Periodontal Therapy is the Endpoint

SPT is the management of healthy, stable patients who have a history of periodontal disease.