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Preventive Dentistry is Affordable Dentistry. Neglect is Expensive!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

 

 


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The cost of preventing oral issues is minimal compared to the cost of having to treat them. We believe that each penny saved on dental health is a penny that can be spent on something you can enjoy. Here are several ways that you can save money through taking an active role in your preventive dentistry.

Proper Nutrition Is Vital

A vital part of optimizing the lifespan of your teeth is through nutritional education and the dental consequences of eating certain foods. Proper nutrition is critical to maintaining overall health, as well as oral health!

  • Sugar: It is pretty common knowledge that sugar can have adverse effects on teeth and it is in a lot more products than you think! The trick is knowing how to read the label. Many companies don't use the word "sugar" in the packaging even though a form of it is included. Any word ending in "-ose" on the label is a sugar ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that we cap our sugar intake at 12.5 teaspoons a day (that's about one can of soda.)
  • Foods: Foods that benefit your oral health are calcium-rich (dairy, leafy greens, and almonds), protein-rich (like meat, seafood, and eggs), and water-rich (vegetables and fruits.) These kinds of foods provide healthy minerals that aid in strengthening tooth enamel, cleaning plaque and bacteria from teeth, and increase saliva to wash away particulates.
  • Water: Hydration is vital! Water cleanses your mouth of food particles, acids, and sugars. Water also increases the saliva content in your mouth, which is the front-line warrior in the battle against cavities.

Visit Your Gettysburg Dentist Before There's a Problem

Your family dentist doesn't just exist to provide relief when you have a dental problem. Your dentist is there to assist you in maintaining the best dental practices and oral health for life. They offer some preventative services that can preserve the health of your mouth. Sometimes it is essential to spend a little money now to save a lot of money down the road. According to the American Dental Association, the cost of restorative dental procedures can cost up to ten times more than investing in some standard preventative dental services.


  • For example, the national average cost of an annual cleaning is around $60 for a child and $80 for an adult, along with a roughly $50 examination fee. A root canal can be close to $1000 excluding the finishing touches of a crown! Definitely worth the preventive dental visits, such as cleanings.

Prevention is everything. See your dentist and hygienist regularly and save a bundle!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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Gettysburg dentist discusses mercury free fillings

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

 

Gettysburg mercury free fillings

 

 

Modern dental fillings are usually made of mercury free, composite or ceramic materials first created in scientific laboratories. A wide range of white colorings are available to mimic the shade of a patient’s natural teeth. These modern fillings look and feel similar to the rest of the tooth and can be molded and bonded to fit perfectly. They have no heavy metals or metals which could cause allergic sensitivity. Modern advances in dental treatment make fillings nearly undetectable. Examining the history of dentistry provide some interesting facts about dental fillings.

• One of the earliest materials used is still with us today: gold. Teeth with gold filling have been dated as far back as the Roman Empire. Gold was an obvious choice because of its relative softness when compared to other metals.  It is still one of the best materials to use on back molars where the gold can be made very thin, yet still last and perform as a chewing surface about as well as natural enamel.  It is very biocompatible and virtually non-allergenic.

• Archeologists have found evidence from the Middle Ages that show cork and small stones were used to fill teeth. Cork’s malleability made it a viable option but, being a wood it is porous, and it almost certainly worked to trap liquid which would lead to further tooth decay.

• Around the time of the Renaissance European dentists developed a procedure to fill teeth with various metals. They soaked the metal in acid to dissolve it and poured it into a hole in the tooth they made with tiny metal picks. The metal would then solidify but not before causing burns to the patients mouth and further damage to the tooth.

In the mid 1800s dental amalgam (a mixture of mercury and silver) became widely used. Amalgam can be easily shaped to fill cavities and even rebuild an entire tooth.  Although not very esthetic, it is still widely used today.

• The 20th century saw the birth of electricity and modern dentistry. The first electric drills made removal of decay much faster and more precise. Around the same time came the first silicon based fillings. These fillings were the first esthetic materials in that they could be made in various tooth shades.  Unfortunately they were not very strong or durable and could only be used on front teeth.

Today our composite materials look and feel like real teeth.  They have no mercury or metals, are very durable, and have an advantage in that they can be bonded to teeth.  We can use composites to veneer teeth to improve a smile or to fix cavities in front teeth or molars.  Unfortunately, many insurance companies will still only pay for amalgam (silver-mercury) in back teeth.

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