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Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?

October 3, 2019

Filed under: Sage Blog — tntadmin @ 9:03 am

father and daughter brushing teethWe all know we need to brush our teeth twice a day. Anything less than that can harm our oral health, but what about the opposite end of the spectrum? Is it OK to brush more than twice a day?

It’s something we’re all familiar with—that gritty feeling in our teeth. It feels uncomfortable, and we know it must not smell very pleasant. But what if you already brushed your teeth that morning?

The good news is, you can’t brush too often! However, you can overbrush, which isn’t about how often you brush, but the techniques and tools you use.

Check Your Toothbrush’s Bristles

Next time you unwrap a new toothbrush, take a look at the bristles. The ends will look rounded, perfect for gently massaging your gums and teeth.

As you use your toothbrush, the ends will start to get jagged and worn. That’s how you know it’s time for a new brush. Your dentist will also give you one during your 6-month visit, but it’s quite possible that you’ll need a replacement brush sooner than that.

Not All Brushes Are the Same

toothbrushesWe know it’s hard, but try not to be intimidated by the enormous wall of toothbrushes at the store! The only thing that really matters is that you select a brush with soft bristles, not medium or hard. After you rule out the stiff bristles, just choose one in your favorite color!

It’s easy to believe that a firm bristled brush will do a better job, but soft bristles clean your teeth just fine, and they don’t damage your gum tissue or enamel.

Refine Your Technique

Things that can result in overbrushing are too stiff or damaged toothbrush bristles and improper technique. So how about that proper technique?

Most people could stand to back off on the amount of pressure they use during brushing. It might help to change the verbiage you use. Instead of “scrubbing” or “brushing,” try thinking of it as “massaging” your teeth and gums.

While it is a good idea to brush extra if you’ve eaten something particularly sugary, be sure to wait 60 minutes before you brush. This gives the PH balance in your mouth time to return to normal. After you eat, your mouth tends to be a little more acidic, which temporarily softens your enamel. Brushing your teeth while they’re in this state can cause damage.

In short, feel free to brush your teeth as often as you like, just don’t overdo it with pressure and be sure you’re using the right toothbrush.

Paying for the Dentist Without Insurance: Dental Insurance vs. Dental Discount Plan

August 26, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry — tntadmin @ 2:20 pm

regular oral health careDental care is a crucial component to good health, but what if you don’t have dental coverage? Unfortunately, many people end up letting their oral health fall to the wayside simply because they don’t have dental insurance.

Many uninsured people falsely assume that they’re forced to choose between paying for expensive dental treatment or going without dental care. But that isn’t true! And if you skip preventative dental care, you could in fact end up with a bigger bill in the long run.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a special type of health insurance that you use to pay for dental visits. Most plans operate by collecting a monthly fee in exchange for partial or total coverage of dental costs.

When considering your options, your first step should be to look into dental care from your employer (or from your spouse’s employer). If you work for a company that offers dental coverage, it probably makes sense to pay for your dental care that way.

Most dental plans cover 100% of preventative dental care, which typically means having the following procedures each year:

  • 2 dental cleanings
  • 1 set of dental x-rays
  • 2 dental exams

However, coverage levels are greatly varied, so do your research. Many plans have maximum spending limits, and others don’t. Some cover treatments completely, while others will require a copay.

What is a Dental Discount Plan?

Many dental offices have in-house dental plans. Usually, those plans operate under an annual flat fee in exchange for discounted rates for services. Many patients like to think of it the same way you would a club membership at a wholesale store.

This is another situation where costs vary greatly, but most annual fees are between $150 and $350. Most patients who are in relatively good dental health find that discount plans are a better value than out-of-pocket expenses for an individual dental health plan. One consideration is the level of care you need. If you need to see multiple specialists for more than just regular cleanings or occasional fillings, the discount plan may not be your best bet.

However, patients who have basic dental needs usually save money by going with an in-house dental plan.

An In-House Dental Plan From Sage Dental Care

Gloss Dental Discount PlanAt Sage Dental Care, our goal is to provide quality dental care to as many people as possible. It’s important to us that patients are able to afford the care they need. That’s why, in addition to accepting most dental insurance plans, we offer options for paying for the dentist without insurance.

Our options for paying without insurance include our own in-house plan, called Gloss Dental Discount Plan. You can click here to learn more about the benefits of our Gloss Dental Plan.

Contact Your Dentist in Westminster

Sage Dental Care is committed to providing great dental care to our patients at an affordable rate. If you have any questions, check out our new patient information page, or contact our office.

Common Reasons To Visit Your Emergency Dentist in Westminster

May 31, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 8:05 pm

woman at the dentistNo matter what you do, dental emergencies are impossible to completely avoid. Knowing when to visit your emergency dentist in Westminster could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Save your oral health and smile by learning what the most common dental emergencies are and how to react when they happen. Read on to know when it’s time to visit your dentist, and when it’s time to phone 911.

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Questions To Ask While Searching For A Cosmetic Dentist In Boulder

May 20, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 6:27 pm

Smiling young woman receiving dental checkupAre you looking to fix cracks, gaps, and chips that are making your smile unattractive? Are you searching for an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces? While you’re on the prowl for a new cosmetic dentist in Boulder, be sure to choose wisely. Knowing what to look for in a dental professional can ensure that you get the quality of treatment you deserve. Read on for some questions you’ll want to ask while you begin your journey for a straighter seamless smile.

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Your Dentist In Lafayette Weighs In On Whether Dental Implants Are Worth It

May 10, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 7:10 pm

smiling woman in gray sweaterAre you having a difficult time performing basic tasks like chewing because of gaps in your mouth? When left unreplaced, missing teeth can have a detrimental impact on your oral health and affect your day-to-day life. Dental implants are one of the newest and most advanced solutions to replacing teeth and repairing your oral health. Although they’re known to be a costly procedure, but patients agree that implants are well worth the time and money. Read on to learn what your dentist in Lafayette has to say about investing in your smile by getting the procedure.

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Maintain Your Braces: How to Take Care of Your Invisalign in Westminster

April 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 3:14 pm
a set of Invisalign aligners

It’s not always easy learning how to live with a new fixture in your mouth. You’ve become accustomed to how your mouth works on a normal day-to-day basis, so don’t expect to have two pieces of plastic put in and not experience some difficulty adjusting. Yes, Invisalign in Westminster is a much more flexible option than traditional braces, but because you can easily remove them, ensuring you wear and take proper care of them comes with much more responsibility. To guarantee a successful treatment, here are some ways you can maintain your braces.

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A Cosmetic Dentist in Boulder Shares 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Smile

April 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 2:39 pm
a woman at the dentist smiling

Situation #1: Your best friend just told you she’s getting married next year and wants you to be her maid of honor. You hesitantly accept, but you frantically wonder what you’ll do about your crooked teeth. Situation #2: You’ve been asked to speak at an upcoming conference for work, and the attendance will be in the thousands. It’s a great opportunity, but your smile is stained from years of early morning coffee binges. Whether or not either of these situations sounds familiar to you, there’s a good chance you probably don’t like something about your teeth. A cosmetic dentist in Boulder shares 4 solutions to upgrade your smile.

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Getting Dental Implants in Lafayette? What You Should Know Before Surgery

March 24, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 10:27 pm
dental implant surgery

Any kind of dental procedure can be daunting. The anesthesia and post-operative care are nerve-wracking, and you just want everything to be over as quickly as possible. When it comes to having dental implants in Lafayette, there are some important things you should know before undergoing the procedure. Let us help you prepare with these useful bits of information.

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Do You Want to Improve Your Bite? Invisalign in Westminster Can Help

March 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 8:50 pm
a woman with Invisalign braces

Did you know that Invisalign braces can do more than just improve the look of your smile and overall appearance? Maybe it’s not crooked teeth that have you searching for cosmetic dentistry options, but instead, it’s your bite that’s keeping you from being satisfied with your smile. You might be surprised to know that getting Invisalign in Westminster not only improves your bite, but it can give you that added boost of confidence. Find out how.

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5 Tips From Your Dentist in Boulder on How to Maintain a Bright Smile

March 10, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 2:11 pm
person smiling

Maintaining a bright smile that you’re proud of is important to you. Your friends know you best for lighting up a room every time you grin from ear-to-ear, and you don’t want to lose that. But lately you’ve noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, and you’re not exactly sure why. There are so many reasons your teeth could be stained that you’re not sure why this is happening. What can you do about it? Your dentist in Boulder offers you 5 ways to naturally maintain healthy white teeth. 

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