Dr Dental – Smiles for Everyone


What is Smiles for Everyone?

Smiles for Everyone has a mission to provide free dental care to those in need, both in the US and worldwide. They provide free dental services to underserved and marginalized communities.

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Dental Clinics – Dr Dental


Are Dental clinics suitable for low-income families?

Dental clinics are an excellent way to get free to low-cost dental care when needed. They can be hard to find in your area, but your state or local health department may know of free or reduced-cost dental care programs.

Low-Income Individual Dental Insurance – Dr Dental


Looking for a Low-Income Individual Dental Insurance Plan.

I only work odd jobs when I can find them, which has been rare lately. I have bad teeth that I have been putting up with for a few years now since I can not afford to have dental care. Are there any low-income dental plans I could get that will help me?

Reply: You should review HMO insurance plan options as they are typically more affordable, running around $7.00 – $20.00 a month.

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Individual Dental Insurance Alternatives – Dr Dental.


Question: I have been looking for dental insurance for myself, but I am quickly finding out that the plans I see online are just costly for me now. I would like to know if getting a low-cost dental discount plan is a good alternative to dental insurance.

Reply: Dental Discount plans do work to help you save money on your dental care at plan providers of the program. It is much like having a coupon for your dental care. You should also review any HMO insurance plans as they are the lower-cost option.

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Best Dental Insurance – Dr Dental


Question: How Do I Find the Best Dental Insurance Plan?

Reply: This is a question that always comes up, but I will tell you there is no one sure answer. The reason is that no one knows the condition of your teeth except you and your dentist. The second thing is what “best” means to you. Is it the best price or deductible, or maybe you need coverage for orthodontics? Using the website to compare dental plans would be your best start. That way, you will have many dental plans to compare to your dental care needs. 


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Short-Term Dental Insurance – Dr Dental


Short-Term Dental Insurance 

Question: Right now, I have a toothache, but with my job, I will not receive my dental benefits until another four months. I would like to find dental insurance on a short-time basis. I have been trying to hold out until my benefits kick in at work, but I can’t make it. Do you have any dental plans I do not have to keep for a year or more?   

Reply: Most insurance plans you pay monthly will let you cancel the insurance with a 30 notice. For example, if you want to cancel your plan on April 1st, you need to send the request to cancel by March 1st so the company can cancel in April. With that said, you want to avoid any PPO insurance plans as they will typically have waiting periods that will affect your immediate dental care needs. 

Dental Care – Dr Dental


Expose your kids early on to dentistry care. 

The American Dental Association advise a child should see a dentist by the time they are one or before their first birthday. Even though this is the best advice, many children do not see a dentist until they are much older. Having your child see a pediatric dentist early on can help avoid dental fear later on in life.

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Dr Dental – Weight and Gum Health


Weight Loss May Improve Gum Health. 

A study done by Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear. The pilot study of 31 obese people with gum disease. Half of the group with an average body mass index (BMI) of 39 had gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from the abdomen removed. That half fared better than a control group of obese people with a BMI of 35 who also were treated for gum disease but did not have the gastric bypass surgery or fat removed.

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Gum Disease Causes Bad Breath – Dr Dental


Treating periodontal disease makes for a healthier mouth and freshens breath. Researchers treated 102 people with gum disease—everyone in the study also had bad breath. Dentists used a device that measured the levels of three chemicals that commonly cause bad breath. In the study, some people were randomly assigned to get periodontal treatment first, followed by tongue cleaning. The rest of the people got tongue cleaning first and then periodontal treatment. Everyone’s breath was tested twice. This was done after the first type of treatment and again after the second. Tests showed that both types of treatment helped bad breath. For patients with periodontal disease, the periodontal treatment improved people’s breath more than tongue cleaning did. This study appears in the July 18th issue of the Journal of Periodontal Research.

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Dr Dental – Oral Health and Depression


Oral Health and Depression in the Homeless. 

According to Scottish researchers, homeless people with tooth decay or missing teeth are more prone to depression than those with healthy teeth. The study was done on about 850 homeless. The research found that people with poorer dental health were more likely to be depressed. In addition, homeless people with decayed and missing teeth also tended to have a lower quality of life and more dental anxiety. Both of these could lead to depression, said the authors.

Dr Dental – Asthma and Dental Care


Children who have Asthma may have a high risk of having more Cavities. 

According to a Brazilian study that included 160 Children ages 3 – 15, children with Asthma had higher levels of S. mutans. Those with a long history of Asthma tended to have higher levels of these bacteria. The study did not find that levels of S. mutans were linked with asthma drugs or other treatments. Researchers also did not find a link between higher levels of S. mutans and more tooth decay.

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Dr Dental – Dental Sealants are Still Underused by Dentists.


A study suggests that more dentists should be using dental sealants to help protect back teeth. Temple University’s dental school researchers who did the study surveyed 595 general dentists and 176 pediatric dentists. The dentist was asked whether they would use sealants on teeth with different signs of early decay. They also were asked how they felt about using sealants with different groups of people. In 2008 the ADA endorsed the use of sealants n teeth with the earliest stages of decay. In these stages, a molar or premolar is discolored on its chewing surface, but the tooth has no cavity yet. Research has shown that sealing teeth like this can prevent cavities. However, the new survey found that many dentists need to learn about the ADA panel’s advice or the dentist that does know disagree with it. It also shows that Pediatric dentists were more likely to follow the recommendations than a general dentists. This study appears in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Health Concerns – Dr Dental


Gum Disease is an Emerging Health Concern. 

Two more studies have strengthened the evidence linking periodontal disease with other health conditions. One study focused on atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The researchers took samples of diseased arteries from 53 people. They also took samples of healthy arteries from 21 other people. They tested the arteries for bacteria that cause periodontal disease. The study found that 53% of the diseased arteries had periodontal bacteria in them, and only 24% of the healthy ones did. The other study focused on people with type 2 diabetes which included 60 people. Twenty had periodontal disease and diabetes. Another 20 had the periodontal disease but not diabetes. The last 20 had diabetes but not a periodontal disease. People with diabetes and periodontal disease had higher blood sugar levels and poorer blood-sugar control than people who had diabetes only. The people with both conditions also had more of a protein called C-reactive protein. Higher levels reflect more inflammation in the body. This group also had the lowest levels of HDL. The study is in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

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Gum Disease – Dr Dental


Gum Disease may put Seniors at risk for Kidney Problems

According to Japanese researchers, older adults with more gum inflammation are at risk for kidney problems. The study was on 317 people who were all 75 years old. At the start of the study, each person had an oral exam. The researchers calculated how much of each person’s gum tissue was inflamed. They Followed the people for two years. During that time, 45 of them developed kidney problems. Those with the most inflammation were more than twice as likely to develop kidney problems as those in the study. Other studies have suggested a link between periodontal disease and kidney disease. A 2010 study focused on people with both conditions. It found that periodontal treatment also improved kidney disease symptoms. This study appears in the October 14th issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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Dry Mouth – Dr Dental


Dry Mouth is more common in those over the age of 50. 

A long-term study suggests that Dry Mouth is common in those over fifty, particularly older women. In the Swedish study, which started in 1992, researchers sent questionnaires to every 50-year-old in 2 Swedish counties. Fifteen years later, they sent the same questions to every 65-year-old in those counties. They also sent them to a sample of 75-year-olds. The study showed that dry Mouth was more common in women than in men in every age group. The authors speculate that the higher prevalence of dry Mouth in women may result from decreased saliva production in the Mouth following menopause. Dry Mouth occurred more often as people got older and more at night than during the day

Healthy Teeth and Gums – Dr Dental


Keep your Teeth and Gums Healthy

Did you know that your diet can play a significant role in the health of your teeth and gums? Here are some tips suggested by the American Dental Association (ADA) for maintaining teeth and gums healthy. Limit the number of sodas and fruit drinks sweetened with sugar, and limit your consumption of cookies, candies, cakes, and other desserts with added sugar. Eat nutritious snacks that are low in sugar. Brush and floss daily and drink water often throughout the day.

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Denture Care – Dr Dental


Keeping your Dentures Clean. 

It is vital to keep your dentures clean to help maintain a healthy mouth. The ADA suggests how to take care of dentures properly. Dentures are fragile, so ensure you hold them over something soft such as a towel, while cleaning them. You want to make sure you thoroughly brush your dentures daily using a denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food particles and plaque. Clean your dentures with gentle hand soap or mild dish detergent. Never with bleach or abrasive powdered cleaners. Store your dentures in water or a dental cleansing solution in a safe place and out of reach of kids and pets.

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Dental Fear – Dr Dental


An Innovative Device Helps to Combat the Fear of the Dentist Drill

Dental fear is a significant issue that prevents many people from getting and receiving the necessary dental care needed for good oral health care. A new innovative device that helps to cancel out the noise of the dental drill could help end some people’s anxiety and fears about going to the dentist. The device prototype works similarly to noise-canceling headphones but is designed to deal with the very high pitch of the dental drill. Simply plugging the device into an MP3 player or mobile phone and then plugging the headphones into the machine allows a person to listen to their music while completely blocking out the unpleasant sound of the drill and suction equipment. The patient will still be able to hear the dentist and other dental team members speaking to them, but the device filters out different unwanted sounds.

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Teeth Whitening – Dr Dental


Tooth Whitening at beauty salons and clinics can be Dangerous

Dentists warn consumers about the safety of tooth whitening, now being offered at many beauty salons and clinics. The risk of teeth whitening procedure is manifold when it is performed by unqualified staff. The BDA and the General Dental Council have both reiterated that tooth whitening should be done only by registered dental practitioners.

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Dr Dental – Poor Oral Health


Poor Oral Health Tied To Chronic Disease And Worse Overall Health. 

In Ontario, 45% of people 65 and older did not see a dentist last year. Studies show a lack of regular dental care increases their risk of chronic diseases and reduced quality of life. Poor oral health can contribute to many severe medical conditions and affect a person’s ability to chew and digest food properly. With dental services not covered under the universal health-insurance program and many older adults not visiting dentists regularly, the study findings suggest that there should be more thought given to services provided to seniors to keep them healthy as they age.

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