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December 11, 2017
Use it or Lose it!
Do you have money left on your annual Dental Insurance Plan? Have you checked it lately? If not, you can check, or you can have us check for you. Most insurance plans are run on a calendar year and if you don’t use all your benefit each year you lose those funds.
So, what does that mean for you? It means that it’s a great time to maximize your dental insurance benefits and make sure that you use your yearly maximum amount allowed according to your plan. If whatever dental work you need to have done is completed before 12/31/17 and billed on or before that date, that work will be applied to this year’s maximum amount that is allowed according to your plan. Most insurance plans cover 2 cleanings per year and cover 100% of any preventative work. You should make sure that you get your full value out of the benefits that you work hard and pay for.
We have openings in our schedule for the rest of the year and are even open three days the week of Christmas. If you have dental work that you need to have done or just want to have your teeth cleaned before the end of the year, give us a call. We will do our best to make sure that your dental insurance coverage is maximized for you and you are able to get the full amount of your plan for the year.
We are also having a Whitening Special in December. Insurance won’t pay for teeth whitening, but if you’d like to have a brighter smile for the holidays, come in and take advantage of this great special. For $150 (normally $200) you will get custom whitening trays and a tube of whitening gel (for up to 6 whitening treatments) to take home. You can whiten your teeth in an hour at your own time and in the privacy of your own home. This special is good until 12/31/17.
Call for an appointment today before we are all booked up through the end of the year: 303-759-0731.
Happy Holidays from the McGlone Dental Team!
November 1, 2017
Smoking and Your Oral Health
While most people are aware of the impact tobacco use has on their overall health, some might not consider its effects on oral health, including:
- 50 percent of smoking adults have gum (periodontal) disease.
- Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers.
- Cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely to need root canal treatment.
- Smoking leads to reduced effectiveness of treatment for gum disease.
- Smoking increases risk of mouth pain, cavities and gum recession (which can lead to tooth loss).
- Tobacco reduces the body's ability to fight infection, including in the mouth and gums. Smoking also limits the growth of blood vessels, slowing the healing of gum tissue after oral surgery or from injury.
- Smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) is associated with cancers of the cheek, gums and lining of the lips. Users of smokeless tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop these cancers than non-users.
- Cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff and unprocessed tobacco leaves (used as cigar wrappers) contain tiny particles that are abrasive to teeth. When mixed with saliva and chewed, an abrasive paste is created that wears down teeth over time.
Tobacco Use and Children
All parents, even those who do not use tobacco, should educate their children about the dangers of smoking:
- 3,000 children and teens become regular users each day (including chewing tobacco).
- Nearly one-quarter of all high school students smoke.
- Some tobacco companies target children with cherry-flavored chewing tobacco sold in colorful containers.
- Children exposed to tobacco smoke may have delays in the formation of their permanent teeth.
- Women who smoke may be more likely to have children born with an oral cleft (cleft lip or cleft palate).
What You Can Do
If you are a smoker or a parent with a child or teen who you suspect may be using tobacco, you can start by understanding that tobacco dependence is a nicotine addiction disorder.
There are four aspects to nicotine addiction: physical, sensory, psychological and behavioral. All aspects of nicotine addiction need to be addressed in order to break the habit. This difficulty can mean that tobacco users may need to try several times before they are able to successfully kick the habit.
*Content provided by Delta Dental
October 22, 2017
No Dental Insurance? We Have the Solution!
At McGlone Dental Care, the customer always comes first – and we know that many of our friends and neighbors don’t have dental insurance. We also know that not having dental insurance makes dental care decisions more stressful – How much is a filling going to cost? Can I afford getting a new crown?
We understand, and we want to help. For our friends and neighbors who don’t have dental insurance, we are offering a simplified way to think about dental care – and to help make those tough decisions a little easier – a flat fee of $300 per hour for ALL routine dental work, including fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal deep-cleanings, extractions and complete and partial dentures.
To put it in perspective, we can usually complete 2 to 3 fillings in ONE HOUR, using highly rated materials and careful techniques.
Of course, some procedures simply take more time - crowns, bridges and full or partial dentures require help from an outside lab. Together, we will choose the appropriate lab and proper material to be used. We will work with you to establish an accurate cost estimate, and the lab fee will be charged with zero mark-up.
Your dental health is as important as any other health decision you make. And we believe it should be available to ALL our friends and neighbors.
Call us today to find out how simple and affordable your dental care can really be – without all the stress and unknowns. We’re here for you and look forward to visiting with you soon.
October 15, 2017
- Oral piercing of the tongue, lip, cheek, or other soft tissues is a form of body art and self-expression. Oral piercings are more typically seen in adolescents and young adults, and the tongue is considered the most common site for oral-piercing placement.
- Complications associated with oral piercing include: swelling, bleeding, infection, chipped or damaged teeth, gingival recession, lacerations/scarring, embedded oral jewelry (requiring surgical removal), airway obstruction, hypersalivation, palatal erythema, keloid formation, and purulent or unusual or discharge from the pierced region.
- Tongue splitting is a less common form of body modification within the oral cavity. By definition, the tongue-splitting process is one in which an individual’s tongue is severed into two pieces using various techniques. The procedure is inherently invasive and dangerous, with significant risks of severe bleeding, infection, inflammation, lingual nerve damage or other complications.
- The ADA advises against the practices of cosmetic intraoral/perioral piercing and tongue splitting, and views these as invasive procedures with negative health sequelae that outweigh any potential benefit.
Oral piercing is an ancient practice of body modification and self-expression that is also common in modern society.1, 2 Oral piercings may be placed intraorally (most commonly on the tongue) or periorally on the lips, cheeks or a combination of sites.3-5 Oral piercings are more typically seen in adolescents and young adults, and the tongue is considered the most common site for oral-piercing placement.1 There are two primary forms of oral piercing: the term intraoral piercing describes a piercing in which both ends of the oral jewelry (device or apparatus) reside in the oral cavity, as seen with tongue piercings. Similarly, the term perioral piercing describes a piercing in which one end resides in the oral cavity and the other end penetrates the skin surface in the perioral region (e.g., the cheek, upper or lower lip, chin or associated tissues).
Common forms of oral jewelry include studs, barbells, rings and hoops, which are fabricated using a variety of metals, such as stainless steel, gold, titanium and various alloys or synthetic materials.
While some individuals may consider oral piercings to be popular or trendy, numerous studies and case reports have shown that oral piercings can lead to a wide range of oral and systemic complications, including chipped teeth, gingival recession, embedding or aspiration of jewelry and other potentially severe infections, such as Ludwig’s angina6 or infective endocarditis.7
Tongue splitting is another, less common, form of body modification that literally splits, or bifurcates, an individual’s tongue from front to back, creating a “forked” appearance down the anterior midline. Tongue splitting is an invasive and dangerous procedure that directly compromises the intact physical barrier of the tongue surface, rendering it susceptible to severe bleeding and pain, bacterial infection, lingual nerve damage and other adverse effects.8
As with any puncture wound or incision, oral piercings can cause pain,5, 9, 10 swelling,4, 5, 9-11 and infection.9, 10, 12 Other complications of intraoral and perioral piercings include increased salivary flow;10, 13gingival injury or recession;2, 9, 11, 14, 15 damage to teeth, restorations or fixed prostheses;2-4, 10, 11, 15, 16 lingual abscess;17 interference with speech, mastication or deglutition;3, 5, 9 scar tissue and keloid formation;13, 18 and allergic contact dermatitis.19, 20 Because of the tongue’s vascular nature, prolonged bleeding can result if vessels are punctured during the piercing procedure.21 Purulent, unusual and/or colored discharges from oral piercings have also been reported.22
The technique for inserting tongue jewelry may abrade or fracture anterior dentition,3, 4, 10, 16 and digital manipulation of the jewelry can significantly increase the potential for infection.9, 11, 12 Airway obstruction due to pronounced edema4 or aspiration of jewelry poses another risk, and aspirated or ingested jewelry could present a hazard to respiratory or digestive organs.5, 11 Oral jewelry can compromise dental diagnosis by obscuring anatomy and defects in radiographs. There are also reports of the jewelry becoming embedded in surrounding oral tissues, requiring surgical removal.2, 11, 23 Studies have also shown that lip or tongue piercings can harbor periodontopathogenic bacteria,24, 25 and that piercing jewelry made of synthetic materials (e.g., polytetrafluoroethylene or polypropylene), rather than steel or titanium, have lower levels of bacterial colonization.26
Oral piercing complications are relatively common. According to one systematic review, gingival recessions were identified in up to 50% of individuals with lip piercing and in 44% of those with tongue piercing; tooth damage was also seen in 26% of individuals with tongue piercings.27 Complications can arise either during the oral-piercing procedure, immediately after its completion, or over the long term (after initial placement).2
Several case reports in the published literature have described severe or life-threatening complications related to oral piercing.6, 28 In one case, a 25-year-old British woman developed Ludwig’s angina, a rapidly spreading cellulitis involving the submandibular, sublingual and submental fascial spaces bilaterally, four days after receiving a tongue piercing.6 Intubation was necessary to secure the woman’s airway, and when antibiotic therapy failed to resolve the condition, surgical intervention was required to remove the barbell-shaped jewelry and decompress the swelling in the floor of the mouth.
Like oral piercing, tongue splitting is an invasive, albeit uncommon, procedure with inherent risks of severe bleeding, pain, infection and nerve damage.8 Reports describing the morbidity and mortality associated with tongue splitting are relatively sparse in the research literature, but the risk of complications secondary to surgical procedures (including pain, swelling and infection) is well known.
As a matter of ADA policy, the Association advises against the practices of oral piercing and tongue splitting. The latter practice may be performed using a variety of techniques, which are typically provided in a non-sterile setting (e.g., body-piercing parlor or similar establishment). The practice of tongue splitting entails the deliberate alteration of an individual’s tongue for nonmedical purposes, often without the presence of health professionals and without standard infection control practices, proper sterilization or the provision of safe, appropriate after-care.29 The tongue’s anatomic location, high vascularity and proximity to diverse oral microflora and biofilms present significant potential risks for viral infection or transmission of pathogenic organisms.
In the U.S., dentists commonly encounter and treat patients, particularly younger adults, with various forms of oral piercing or oral jewelry (e.g., studs, rings, hoops, barbells) in the intraoral/perioral region. Piercings of the tongue and other oral sites are associated with increased risk of orodental trauma, gingival recession and potentially traumatic lacerations.5 Pierced individuals are also at increased risk of infection due to vast number of bacterial species in the oral cavity.
Individuals who receive oral piercings can expect pain and swelling within the first few days after the procedure.2 Use of an alcohol-free mouthrinse is advised for use after oral piercing to cleanse the mouth and site of the oral piercing.30 After the swelling subsides, the piercee will need to visit their piercer after the piercing procedure to replace the original, longer piece of jewelry with a shorter piece, which should help minimize damage or irritation to oral tissues.31
To reduce risks of oral infection after piercing procedures, pierced individuals should be advised to maintain a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes: twice-daily tooth-brushing using fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush; regular use of floss or another interdental cleaner; and use of alcohol-free mouthrinse during and after the healing period.30
Dental patients with an oral piercing or split tongue should be advised to keep their piercing site clean, avoid playing with oral-piercing jewelry and monitor their oral cavity for signs of infection, including swelling, pain, tenderness or unusual discharges (particularly those with an offensive odor).30, 32 All forms of intraoral or perioral jewelry (e.g., tongue barbell, lip ring or stud, etc.) should be removed before participating in athletic and other physical activities, particularly contact and collision sports.33
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Reviewed by: Scientific Information Subcommittee, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs
Last Updated: September 18, 2017
Disclaimer: Content on ADA.org is for informational purposes only, is neither intended to and does not establish a standard of care, and is not a substitute for professional judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. ADA is not responsible for information on external websites linked to this website.
October 1, 2017
Maximize Your Annual Dental Insurance Benefits
This is our favorite time of the year in Colorado. The temperature is cooler and you can sleep with your windows open. The leaves are changing colors and are beautiful with gold and red hues. It also means that year end is fast approaching and benefits will be resetting come January.
That brings us to the point of this post. It’s a great time to maximize your benefits and make sure that you use your yearly maximum amount allowed according to your plan. If whatever dental work you need to have done is completed before 12/31/17 and billed on or before that date, that work will be applied to this year’s maximum amount that is allowed according to your plan. Most insurance plans cover 2 cleanings per year and cover 100% of any preventative work. You should make sure that you get your full value out of the benefits that you work hard and pay for.
We have openings over the next few months, so give us a call and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled and take great care of you!