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It’s Time You Know the Difference Between a Dentist and a Dental Hygienist

When you’re at the dentist, the person that cleans your teeth might not be your actual dentist. Instead, a dental hygienist often takes care of the “dirty work” by cleaning your teeth for inspection by the dentist. So, what’s the actual difference between these two qualified individuals?

Education

The largest and most important difference between a dentist and a dental hygienist is education. Dentists are doctors, meaning that they go to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree and then go to four more years of dental school in order to earn certification. Dental hygienists, on the other hand, only go to school for two for four years. They earn an associate’s or ...

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Is Dental Insurance Right for Me?

If you’re looking for ways to cut down on your dental expenses, you may have considered investing in dental insurance. Generally, this type of insurance is not included in a health care plan, so it must be selected as a separate option. While plan literature might make it sound like a bargain, the monthly premiums may be a turnoff for you. All things considered, is dental insurance really worth the cost?

Types of Dental Insurance

Like like health insurance, dental insurance also comes in a few different levels in order to make it as confusing as possible. Generally, there are three separate forms of insurance: dental indemnity insurance, a PPO, and an ...

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What Happens If You Stop Brushing Your Teeth?

By now, you’re probably aware that brushing and flossing should be essential parts of your daily oral hygiene routine. Without performing these tasks, you will eventually develop cavities, gingivitis, and might even start losing teeth. However, this isn’t something that’s going to happen if you forget to brush one time. But what if you woke up one morning and decided to never brush your teeth again? How long would it take for decay and grime to set in?

One Day After Not Brushing

Only a day after putting down your toothbrush, your teeth will start to collect a film of plaque. While this isn’t harmful on its own, it will quickly allow ...

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How to Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports

Whether you enjoy slam dunking on the court, hitting the game-winning grand slam, or scoring touchdowns on the field, sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun. However, these activities are also known to have a less than desirable effect on your teeth. In fact, it’s estimated that during the course of a single season, an athlete has a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. In order to keep your smile intact, it’s important to take some steps to protect your teeth during game action.

Wear a Helmet

Depending on the type of sport you play, wearing a helmet may or may not ...

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You Might Be Grinding Your Teeth and Not Even Realizing It

Because most teeth grinding happens at night when you’re asleep, there’s a chance you suffer from this problem and don’t even realize it. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding can happen at least two to four times an hour for those afflicted. Unfortunately, bruxism can have disastrous and noticeable consequences on your oral health if not treated in time.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

If you’re not sure if you are grinding your teeth, you’ll probably be able to tell right away after learning more about the symptoms. The most common and prevalent symptom is a headache. In fact, people who grind their teeth are three times as likely to have a headache ...

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Dealing With Your Changing Oral Health Needs as You Age

Taking care of your teeth involves several universal principles: brushing, flossing, and watching what you eat. Beyond that, however, your changing oral health needs may vary depending on how old you are. For example, children have a different set of problems to worry about than older adults. In order to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible, it’s important to know what problems may lie on the horizon for your age group.

Oral Health for Children

Just because a child’s mouth is filled with baby teeth does not mean you don’t have to take care of them. In fact, it’s important to treat them just like permanent teeth. If you don’t, ...

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How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?

By now, you’re probably quite aware that smoking is bad for your health. It has been directly linked to higher rates of lung cancer, throat cancer, and COPD. However, the ways in which smoking can affect your oral health are often overlooked. Unsurprisingly, smoking also has bad effects for your mouth, which is one reason why it’s so important to see a dentist regularly.

Effects of Smoking on the Mouth

If you are a smoker, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your mouth over the years. Probably the most obvious difference is bad breath or yellowed teeth. While these are cosmetic problems, they can definitely be signs of more serious issues. Smoking ...

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The Different Types of Dentures and What They Mean for You

Contrary to what you might think think, there’s not just one kind of denture. In fact, there are three main types of dentures – full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Each of these dentures fits in a different way and accommodates different patients. However, they all have the same end result – providing pearly white and strong replacement teeth.

 

Confused about which type of denture might be right for you? Don’t be, as the differences are easy to understand.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are a removable appliance that can be used to replace teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

Who Can Get Full Dentures?

If you have an entire row of missing ...

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Dealing With Sensitive Teeth: How to Eat the Foods You Love Again

If you have sensitive teeth, you know how painful and frustrating it can be when you try to eat hot or cold foods. Ice cream, smoothies, hot tea, and coffee are all off limits due to the sharp, shooting pain in your mouth. Luckily, there is a way to lessen or even eliminate this pain. By following these prevention and treatment methods, you might be able to regain some of the eating freedoms you had before.

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Understanding why teeth are sensitive can go a long way in fixing the problem. Unfortunately, for some people, the sensitivity is genetic – meaning that they inherited it from their parents. However, ...

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What Really Happens After Oral Sedation?

Thanks to many hilarious viral videos, most people are under the assumption that going through dental sedation results in a hilarious period where you can be duped into thinking the world is undergoing a zombie apocalypse, your race has changed, or that a unicorn has taken you to a new world. While this might be true for procedures that require IV sedation, these extreme reactions are not the norm for what we do here at Mann Family Dental, which is oral sedation. Overall, oral sedation is a very safe procedure that has minimal side effects. Here’s what happens after oral sedation.

How Dental Sedation Works

The most common form of dental sedation ...

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