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How are Dental Savings Plans Different from Insurance?

March 13th, 2019

Understanding any type of medical or dental insurance can be a challenge, especially for uninsured folks trying to find a plan on their own. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, about 74 million Americans had no dental insurance coverage at the end of 2016. One possible solution is dental savings plans (also called […]

Malocclusion: Sometimes It Bites

February 27th, 2019

Malocclusion is the dental term for misaligned teeth, a common condition affecting about 200,000 people in the United States every year. Many seek cosmetic solutions to feel better about their smiles, but there are also negative health consequences including pain and discomfort that result from improperly aligned teeth. The most severe cases may require surgical […]

Dental Inlays & Onlays

February 13th, 2019

Bite. Crack. Ouch! A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown.  All versions of the […]

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

January 27th, 2019

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Chad and Dr. Emily can offer Pleasant Hill patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Veranda Dentistry, we would like to […]

Botox® Cosmetic: A Perfect Finishing Touch for Your Smile

January 13th, 2019

Botox at the Dentist!? Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medication injected strategically into specific facial muscles to temporarily soften the appearance of moderate to severe forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows. This minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatment has become extremely popular and is offered at many types of businesses that cater […]

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

December 27th, 2018

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Pleasant Hill dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Pleasant Hill residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, […]

Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

December 13th, 2018

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard! Functions of Mouthguards Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help […]

Stop Brushing After You Eat – Do This Instead

November 27th, 2018

For a long time, we’ve been told to brush our teeth right after we eat, but conventional wisdom might be changing on that. Thanks to your mouth’s powerful and natural ability to clean itself, rinsing with water might actually be the best way to freshen your breath and prevent cavities after you eat. In addition […]

Can Bleeding Gums Cause a Heart Attack?

November 13th, 2018

What is the Oral-Systemic Link? You’ve always heard that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and see the dentist for good oral health. But did you know that your oral health could directly affect your overall health? And the road goes both ways—problems with your overall health show […]

Dental Insurance Trends

October 27th, 2018

Above any other medical need, people are more likely to skip a seeing the dentist because they can’t afford it. Many people choose not to buy dental insurance because it’s an added cost without a lot of perceived value. For some reason, people simply feel more comfortable taking this risk because they don’t fully understand […]