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New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Smile Healthy

It’s a long-held tradition to make a few New Year’s resolutions to help improve your life quality. While many people resolve to get into shape or lose unwanted weight, your Scottsdale dentist wants to remind everyone that making a few resolutions for the new year to keep your smile healthy is a very good idea. Here are a few suggestions for New Year’s resolutions you may wish to consider making in 2017 so you can reap all the benefits that come with having a healthy and attractive smile.

Visit Your Dentist in Scottsdale Regularly

It’s important to see your family dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. Many people neglect to schedule these important dental visits for all types of reasons. To help you achieve and maintain excellent dental health, promise yourself you’ll visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Floss Daily

Many people don’t floss their teeth because they don’t think flossing is important. But flossing removes tiny bits of food left behind after brushing as well as plaque that builds up on the teeth after eating. By flossing every day, you can reduce your risk for developing common oral problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Make Water Your Beverage of Choice

When you drink water instead of other beverages like soft drinks and juices when you’re thirsty, you will not be subjecting your teeth to regular sugar attacks. Plus water helps flush away tiny particles of food debris you miss when brushing. Drinking lots of water every day can also help keep your breath fresh so you can avoid bad breath, which is something nobody wants to have!

Get the Dental Care You Need

Instead of ignoring that broken tooth or the tooth that is showing signs of decay, call your Scottsdale dentist today to get the dental treatment you need. If you avoid going to the dentist because you’re afraid, you should know that dentists today are making use of all the latest available dental technologies to make sitting through a dental visit easy. Losing a tooth because you’ve neglected to see a dentist is never a good idea as the more healthy teeth you have, the better!

Contact your Local Scottsdale Dentist

If it’s time for you to schedule a dental visit, contact our practice today to set up an appointment time. We offer all the dental services you’ll ever need to keep your smile healthy and bright! Dr. McCargar and his team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we hope 2017 offers you everything you’ve been wishing for and more!

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

While many people look at insurance as a means to protect them and their families from unforeseen loss, dental insurance plans don’t quite work that way. The typical dental insurance plan can be looked at as a way to save money on the dental treatments and procedures you need. Most dental plans are offered through employers, wherein the insurance provider pays for a portion or sometimes the entire cost of treatment, based on a specific fee schedule that is stated in the policy.

A dental plan’s benefits depend on what the insurance provider offers to cover and what level of coverage your employer (or you) are willing to pay. Typically, the more items covered under a policy, the higher the premium. And the deductibles, or the amount you must pay yourself before you can receive any plan benefits, can also affect your premium.

When you visit our general/cosmetic dentist in Scottsdale and wish to use your insurance benefits, our first priority is making sure you get the best course of treatment that meets your particular dental needs, which may not align perfectly with what your insurance plan covers. Because we understand that you may face some limitations with your dental coverage, Scottsdale Dental Arts offers our patients financial options through CareCredit.

Contact Our Scottsdale Dental Office

While some things in life can be delayed, getting the dental care you need should never be one of them. We do not want finances to ever prevent you or your family from getting the dental care you need to keep your smiles healthy and beautiful. We strive to provide our patients with top quality, affordable dental care that’s tailored to meet each patient’s unique dental needs. If you have any questions about dental insurance or the financing options we offer, give us a call at (480) 860-8282 or contact us online and we’d be more than happy to help!

7 Great Teeth Tips for Back-To-School

7 Great Teeth Tips for Back-To-School

Its Back-to-school time and most kids want to make a good first impression with the right backpack, clothes or haircut. But since the first thing most people notice is your smile – Scottsdale Dental Arts has a few tips to get one of you most important tools ready for Back-To-School…your smile.

1. Let Children Choose: Make sure it’s the proper size and soft-bristled, but kids that choose their own toothbrush are much more likely to want to brush. (Switch out brush every 3 months and after an illness)

2. Taste Test: Most kids don’t like the taste of adult brands, instead select a flavor of dentist recommended children’s toothpaste they like.

3. A 2 Minute Timer: In the rush to get ready for school, most kids don’t spend the recommended 2 minutes brushing. Try a fun egg or brushing timer.

4. Pack Your Lunch. Send kids to school with teeth-friendly snacks and lunches. Try fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese. Avoid fruit juices and sodas that are acidic and erode enamel or sticky foods that will cling to teeth all day.

5. Smile Guard – Wear a properly fitted mouth guard to help active kids protect their teeth during sporting fun.

6. Floss Picks – much easier for kids to use, floss picks come in fun flavors and help you encourage the recommended 2x a day flossing.

7. Set a Good Example – brush teeth as a family after breakfast and dinner. These extra 4 minutes could save you thousands in preventable tooth care.

Why are these tips so important:
•Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, the #1 most common chronic childhood disease.
•Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning
•Over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness!

Start preventing tooth decay today!