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Educating Patients on their Oral Health Options


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Dental Implant Care

Dental implants cannot decay, but the supporting bone and gum around the implant must be carefully maintained to protect against long term failure.  And although they are visually indistinguishable from natural teeth, they need to be cared for in a slightly different manner.  As a consequence, it is important to maintain healthy gum tissue and supporting bone by building an effective plaque removal routine and practicing it two to three times a day.  We encourage patients to visit our dental hygienist for professional maintenance visit three to four times per year, depending on the prosthesis design and the patient’s abilities to perform adequate home care.

Electric toothbrushes disrupt biofilm better than a manual brush due to the ability to generate more brush strokes than the human hand. Regardless of the toothbrush chosen, you should brush for a full two minutes with a soft bristle brush.

We recommend interproximal cleaning products that promote gingival stimulation such as soft picks, rubber tip stimulators, and proxabrushes with plastic wires.

And finally, the dental hygienist plays an integral role in determining what professional maintenance schedule is best suited for your implant based on the type of implant prosthesis, dexterity, and overall health.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Adults Need Convincing

scheinfeld2Educating patients about the importance of regular dental treatment is an important obligation of our dental practice.  But often it’s a very difficult task because many patients have been socialized that their oral health is secondary to their global health.  Unfortunately, research has proven just the opposite.

According to the Health Policy Institute of the American Dental Association, the percentage of children who’ve had a dental visit in the past year has risen between 2000 and 2013. While for adults (age 19-64), the percentage has seen a sharp decline.

A little more than 35% of adults feel the need to visit the dentist annually. This is bad for overall oral health for people in the US.

 One survey found that Millennials (which make up much of the adult population today) are most likely to seek out dental treatment using “daily deals” sites based on cost.  Another point is the fact that people who live in households that make less than $35,000 are more likely to rely on an emergency department for treating their teeth than consumers from higher-income households. While it makes sense logically, it’s not a good trend for any of the parties involved.

We offer affordable care and invite you to come in and see practice and its services.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Under and Uninsured Children

smiling-mom-3Most health insurance plans sponsored by the “Obamacare” do not include dental insurance. In fact, most insurance plans before Obamacare provided minimal coverage.  However, Obamacare did affect patient care and their oral health, particularly in terms of children’s dental insurance.

Specifically, Obamacare plans offered to children must include dental coverage. As a result, demand for pediatric dental services have increased, but it is complicated to submit dental services under health insurance plans in many cases.

Given the election of Donald Trump and the potential repeal and replace of Obamacare, the trend may be heading in the other direction.  President Trump has already started signing executive orders to roll back aspects of Obamacare.  So far, children’s dental insurance hasn’t been affected, but most likely in a competitively designed healthcare market it will.

Regardless of the politics, if they have coverage or not, most parents should be keen to take care of their child’s dental needs. In our Sandy Springs office we see our job is to make it as easy as possible for them to do this. If we can be of help please give us a call or drop us an email.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com