Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Open Enrollment is in Full Swing

The Albany Democrat-Herald recently ran an article on open enrollment time for dental insurance coverage. This article touched on some important points that we would like to review here. Please refer to the full article by clicking on the link above for more detailed information.

1) Dental policies are designed to encourage people to get regular dental care that prevents tooth decay and more serious problems from occurring.

2) Dental plans have limitations. It is important to review each policy that your company provides to ensure you are choosing the best options available.

3) Benefits vs. Cost: For many families, it is much easier to manage a small monthly policy price instead of facing the full cost of dental procedures that could set the family back financially.

Dr. Clark is very willing to go over treatment plans for you and your family members. Our team can answer any questions you may have in regards to the upcoming year and benefit options.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Use It or Lose It - Dental Benefits Reminder

It is that wonderful time of year - leaves are beginning to fall and the crisp air reminds us that winter is approaching. October is a great time to review your year-end dental benefits.

Every year millions of dollars go unclaimed in dental benefits simply because Americans don't take the time to review their current policies. We can help you make sure that you are taking advantage of your hard earned dollars before the end of the year approaches. 

Call us today!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Age Appropriate Dental Habits - Six and Under

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts.

Ages 6 and Under

At this age, your child might want to do all the brushing himself but doesn’t have the fine motor skills needed to do a thorough job. Let them start and jump in when needed. “During that age, the mouth is changing so much that children who are 5 or 6 are often brushing their teeth in the way they were when they were 2 or 3,” Dr. Hayes says. “They’re not accommodating the new molars, and they’re not accommodating the fact that the mouth is growing.”

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Leave Your Dental Anxiety At the Door

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts

Leave Your Anxiety at the Door

If your heart races at the very thought of the dentist, your child can probably tell. “Kids pick up on parents’ anxiety,” Dr. Hayes says. “It’s important with kids, especially at 4, 5 and 6, because I believe the phobic adults are the ones who had bad experiences when they were that age.”

The younger your kids are, the more you need to be aware of how you’re communicating with them. For example, if your child asks about getting a cavity filled, don’t say, “It will only hurt for a little bit.” Instead, encourage your child to ask the dentist. “With any child, you want them to be able to feel successful at accomplishing a good visit and link that positive feeling with the idea that their teeth are strong and healthy so they have that message going forward for the rest of their lives.”

Keep Cool If Your Child Won’t Cooperate

If your child gets upset during her visit, the worst thing you can do is swoop them out of the chair and leave. “The next visit is going to be harder,” Dr. Hayes says. “You still have to help them get through part of the visit.”

First, assess why your child is acting out. Are they truly afraid, or are they trying to test the situation? “One of the reasons I think a 4, 5 or 6-year-old gets upset is because they think they’re going to be asked to do something they can’t be successful at,” she says. “They’re in an environment they feel they can’t control and that makes them upset, so we try to break it down into small steps.”

Then, work as a team with your dentist to keep the visit going. Let the dentist lead the conversation. Jump in where you think it helps most, while still allowing the dentist and your child to build a good relationship. “Give the dentist every opportunity to turn the visit around,” she says. 

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Poor Dental Health = Missed School Days

The National Institute of Health conducted a study that found poor dental health in children impacted their ability to perform well in school. The children with poor oral health status were nearly three times more likely to miss school than their peers. Absences caused by pain resulted in poor school performance.

Give your child every advantage of being successful in school. Maintain great oral health habits at home, and schedule your regular semi-annual cleanings to keep them healthy and happy!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Exams Required in OR

Today's blog post is a reminder that the state of OR requires all entering Kindergartners to have a dental exam prior to school starting. 

Please call to schedule your appointment today before spots fill up: 541-451-1440.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Age Appropriate Dental Habits - 12 to 18

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts.

Ages 12-18
Dr. Hayes says this is a critical time for dental health. “When you look at research for when caries appear in kids, it tends to be in young kids. But another bump-up time is teenage years and early adulthood,” she says. “Part of this has to do with the fact that teenagers may have gone for many years and never had a cavity. They don’t necessarily take care of their teeth because they don’t see the consequence of not.”

Don’t let your teen’s habits become out of sight, out of mind. “The behaviors of the teenager are going to translate into the 20-year-old. We want to be able to support them and be respectful of them because they’re not kids anymore.”

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!