Main Street Dental Clinics News

Month: October 2017

What is (and What is Not) Covered Under My Dental Insurance ?


Whether you have dental insurance or not, it can be a confusing topic. There are many vocabulary terms and types to choose from that all cover different things. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect from a typical dental insurance policy.

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Are You Scared of the Dentist? Here are 5 Ways to Stay Calm During Your Next Visit

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Do your palms sweat when you visit the dentist? You're not alone. Between nine and 15 percent of the American population are seriously scared to see the dentist. That's around 30 to 40 million people!

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What Dentists REALLY Think During Your Exam and Other Reasons Not to Be Embarrassed at the Dentist

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If you are like many Americans (30 to 40 million adults, or roughly 15 percent of the population to be exact), you have skipped necessary dental treatments or preventive care due to fear and anxiety about going to the dentist.

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Help, I Broke a Tooth! Should I Make an Emergency Dental Appointment?

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Like bones, teeth are incredibly resilient and built to withstand the pressure and wear and tear that come with everyday activities like biting and chewing food. But they are not immune to damage, and anything from biting into a piece of hard candy to the impact from a fall or a sports injury can cause a tooth to break.

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The Truth About Getting a Root Canal

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Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Pulp is made up of soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves, and it can become infected or inflamed due to tooth decay, trauma, or leaking fillings.

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What You Need to Know About Cavities

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More than 90 percent of adults aged between 20 and 64 have at least one cavity — even though these are nearly 100 percent preventable. Cavity-causing bacteria is the culprit — it attaches to your tooth enamel and multiplies — but it's sugar that creates this bacteria in the first place. If you suspect you have a cavity, don't panic. Here are four things that you need to know about this type of tooth decay.

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Mouthguards, Kids, and Contact Sports

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Mouthguards shield the teeth during contact sports. Research shows that these small protective devices significantly reduce sports-related injuries, preventing chipped and broken teeth. Here's how a mouthguard can protect your children when they play sports.

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The Ins and Outs of Dental Pain

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If you suffer from tooth pain or discomfort, rest assured, you're not alone. Twenty-nine percent of people suffer from dental pain, which ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. Tooth decay — the destruction of your tooth enamel from bacteria in plaque — is the biggest culprit. However, nerve damage and loose fillings also cause sensitivity. Here are some of the main causes of tooth pain and sensitivity.

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The Top 4 Ways to Avoid a Tooth Extraction

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When a tooth decays, becomes structurally unsound, is fractured, or needs to be removed due to overcrowding issues, a dentist will typically rely on a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth is removed to keep your overall oral health in tip-top shape. While cases of overcrowding and accidents resulting in a fractured tooth aren’t exactly preventable, there are certain measures you can take to avoid a tooth extraction due to teeth decay. Here are the top four.

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6 Do's and Don'ts of Dental Care During Pregnancy

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When you're pregnant, you have a long list of things to add to your routine and a list of things to avoid. This is no different when it comes to dental care. The hormonal changes can affect your gums and teeth, so it is important to know what you can and can't do while you're pregnant. Here is an essential list of the do's and don'ts to follow to keep your teeth happy and healthy during and after pregnancy.

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