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Heard These 5 Myths About Gum Disease? The Truth Could Save Your Life

September 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 8:36 am
Illustration of the stages of gum disease

The Centers For Disease Control estimate that nearly 65 million Americans have some form of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Most people know how important it is to have healthy teeth but don’t spend much time thinking about their gums. This common condition causes inflammation of the gums and underlying bone that surround the teeth and can have serious consequences, including tooth loss. The first step to overcoming gum disease is having the right information about it, so keep reading to learn the truth about 5 common myths you may have heard. 


Have Dental Anxiety? Laughing Gas Might Be Just What You Need

August 31, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 3:44 pm

girl afraid of dental tools

Does the thought of dentists poking around in your mouth make you break out in a cold sweat? Have you ever avoided a dental procedure you know you need because it makes you anxious? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of adults in the U.S. have avoided going to the dentist out of fear. That’s why they use laughing gas, or a form of sedation dentistry designed to soothe your dental worries. How does it work? Are you a good candidate for laughing gas? Read more below to find out.


How to Spot Gum Disease

August 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 3:40 pm

person pointing to red gums

Have you ever spat after brushing or flossing to find a splash of blood in the sink? Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Are your gums red and sensitive? If so, you may need gum disease therapy. Gum disease is a serious condition that has been linked to other health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and even dementia. Continue reading below to learn more about how to spot the early stages of gum disease.


Don’t Let Your Insurance Benefits Expire Before You Visit Your Dentist!

June 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 12:56 pm

person holding a tooth and moneyHave you read the fine print of your insurance policy? Do you know what it covers each time you visit your dentist? If not, this can keep you from utilizing all the services you’ve been investing in each month. Most insurance plans expire at the end of the calendar year, which is why you should see your dental professional for your semi-annual checkup and cleaning before it’s too late! Read on to learn what your insurance covers and what’s so special about preventive care. (more…)

Your Dentist Reveals 5 Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Their Oral Health

May 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 5:31 pm

family brushing teeth togetherGetting your children excited to brush and floss twice each day seems like an impossible task. It’s exhausting having to repeat yourself every 5 minutes in the morning while you’re trying to pack lunches and clean up the house so you don’t have to come home to a mess. Wouldn’t it be nice if your son or daughter brushed and flossed without being reminded? You know their oral health is worth the hassle, but you’d like to make it less of a battle. Your dentist offers 5 ways to encourage your child to get excited about their oral hygiene below. (more…)

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