Dental Insurance FAQ: the Basics

At Incline Dental Care, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Milligan wants every Incline Village resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

Dental Insurance

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Milligan reminds us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Incline Village residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Incline Dental Care. Read more ›

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Essential Oils for Oral Health

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.  As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest, and some may hurt you if applied directly to your skin.

Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly with one ingredient per bottle, although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy.

Using Essential Oils for Oral Health

Those in the natural health field are concerned that dangerous chemicals in conventional health products may hinder natural bodily functions, especially the endocrine system. The attraction to using essential oils in dentistry is that they may not pose such a risk to the body. Cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, myrrh, clove, and tea tree essential oils are all believed to be antimicrobial, which means they kill germs that cause pain, disease, and decay. Myrrh oil may also soothe and heal gums by increasing blood flow to the tissue, and clove oil may aid in numbing pain. Read more ›

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Incline Village are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Milligan would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding. At Incline Dental Care, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

Bruxism and Headaches

You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point and to some degree. It’s a natural reaction to stress. During the day, you might catch yourself doing it and make a conscious effort to stop, but during the night, you are unaware of it and will naturally grind much harder. Unfortunately, some people in Incline Village have such problems with bruxism that they may experience:

  • Frequent, painful headaches
  • Damaged, worn-down teeth and surrounding tissues
  • TMJ/TMD

According to Dr. Noshir Mehta, chairman of general dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and director of its Craniofacial Pain Center, the upper and lower teeth come into contact for as much as 40 minutes of each hour. The force exerted on some teeth, such as the first molars, can be about 250 lbs, as opposed to the 20-40 lbs involved in regular daily chewing.

If you grind your teeth and have frequent headaches, don’t panic. Bruxism is easily treatable with custom-fit night guards that Dr. Milligan will personally fit for your teeth. To find out more about how we can make your headaches disappear, call us at Incline Dental Care at (775) 298-5455 today.

Sources

http://www.medicinenet.com/teeth_grinding_bruxism/article.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/health/13grin.html

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Veneers Can Give You Back Your Smile!

Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone in Incline Village should enjoy. The confidence that comes from having genuine pride in your pearly whites is irreplaceable. However, many of us struggle with imperfections in our teeth. Broken, chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile. At Incline Dental Care, we know how much a healthy, happy smile means to Incline Village residents, so we’d like to talk about how Dr. Milligan can help get you the smile you deserve with veneers.  Read more ›

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Choosing the Right Dentist

It’s no secret that Incline Village residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. We at Incline Dental Care understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, Incline Dental Care is always happy to help! Read more ›

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5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Incline Village, so Dr. Milligan is here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point- you’re not the only one-but do make sure to give us a call at Incline Dental Care if you have any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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Stop Tooth Pain and Sensitivity Now!

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are a ton of specialized toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes available to Incline Village residents suffering from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Incline Dental Care would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Dr. Milligan wants everyone in Incline Village to enjoy a pain-free mouth, so feel free to give us a call with any questions or to set up a consultation. Read more ›

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Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but in rare cases can also affect children. Dr. Milligan, dentist at Incline Dental Care in Incline Village cares about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Read more ›

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Smile: It’s Good For You!

Your smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know.

Dr. Milligan in Incline Village loves a good smile and wants to help you smile more. Read on to let us convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine. Read more ›

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