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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New digital smile makeover case added.

New digital smile makeover.

Here's yet another smile makeover we've added to our collection.

This one is a fairly straight orthodontic case. Although, the lateral incisors in crossbite make it more of a challenge, as does the fact that this person has a high decay rate. You can find it here.

What's next?

You can always use this page to check on the status of our pending and access our most recent makeover cases.


Monday, March 10, 2014

New digital smile makeover case added.

New digital smile makeover.

We've added a new smile makeover to our collection.

This one makes use of dental crowns and veneers to make the transformation. You can find it here.

As an alternative, this person's case could be treated via the use of orthodontic treatment. Our page discusses both approaches.

What's next?

You can always use this page to check on the status of our pending and most recent makeover cases.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pending digital smile makeover case.

Our next digital smile makeover.

[Update: This case has now been completed and posted. You can find it here.]

We've select the next case to add to our digital smile makeovers database.

This person used to have a gap between their front teeth and had dental crowns placed to close it. However, they feel that the crowns make their teeth look oversized (which we agree they do).

Our makeover will figure out an approach that can be used to resolve this situation.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Our next digital smile makeover.

Our next digital smile makeover case.

Next makeover case.

[Update: This case has now been completed and posted. You can find it here.]

We've selected our next case for a smile makeover.

We should have it completed and posted within the week. It will be announced here when it has been.

If you'd like to see some of our most recent cases, use this link.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

New dental sealant infographic.

We just posted a new infographic. It's titled: The state of dental sealants in the United States.

It covers the topic of dental sealants, and how their utilization rate in the USA is relatively low.

If you'd like to embed the infographic on your website you are welcome to (see the instructions at the link above).

If you can think of a dental topic that you think warrants an infographic, please leave a suggestion below.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Do wisdom teeth cause tooth crowding?

We ran across a fairly recent article (Karasawa 2013, see link below) that evaluated the topic of lower front tooth crowding and third molars (wisdom teeth).

Topic: Wisdom teeth

This study found no relation between the two, which is the stance we've always taken on our pages.

Whereas a site like ours only has reason to dedicate a few paragraphs to this subject, this paper in its discussion did a nice job of outlining what it felt was the state of research findings related this topic.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The ins and outs of filling fees.

We've added a new page to our Dental Procedure Fees series. This one covers dental fillings.

New Page: The ins and outs of filling fees.

The tooth surfaces of a molar: occlusal, facial, lingual, mesial and distal.

As you would expect, this page provides price estimates for different types of fillings (white/sliver fillings for front/back teeth).

It also outlines how the cost of a filling is generally determined. (This includes an explanation of what tooth surfaces are.)

Dental insurance coverage is also discussed, including common coverage levels and restrictions.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Infographic: Water Fluoridation in the USA.

We've just completed a new infographic. It shares some facts about community water fluoridation in the United States.

It breaks the data down by state, and tells you where you can go to find out if your specific city or town's water system monitors its fluoride content.

Infographic: Water Fluoridation in the USA.

Anyone can embed our graphic on their own website (see our page above for specifics and the embedding code).

If you've done so, we'd love to hear from you so we could view your page.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baby teeth information.

A retained baby tooth due to no permanent replacement.

We've improved our pages about baby teeth. We've added new information and a number of new graphics too.

This page is a good resource about tooth types, eruption and exfoliation schedules, explanations about common complications and links to our baby tooth quizzes section.

And this second page provides illustrations that explain the importance of baby teeth and how space maintainers help to prevent problems.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dental Quizzes for students of all ages.

Every grade school teacher knows that February is National Children's Dental Health Month.

And we can always tell when it rolls around because of the increase in website traffic to our Dental Quizzes for Students section.

This collection of quizzes is designed for students of all ages. And this part of is always kept advertising-free.


Also for student's use, we have an Infographic outlining things to look for in a toothpaste. Sometimes classes embed it in a project website or blog.

Hopefully later this week we'll have a second infographic completed and posted.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tooth Fairy eCards for Adults.

We had a website visitor leave a comment a few days ago asking if we had any Tooth Fairy themed eCards for adults who had had a tooth pulled.

At the time, we didn't but, per the request, now we do. You can find them at the link below.

Tooth Fairy eCards for Adults.

While the cards are intended to be lighthearted, we know that the number one reason for post-extraction complications is not following the dentist's instructions. So, each card links to our Tooth Extractions Aftercare page for the recipient's reference.

Have we overlooked any other topics for dental eCards? Please leave a comment if you think we have.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Tooth Fairy eCards - New feature.

We've started to look back and analyze's 2013 year-end web statistics. And as we would have guessed, our Tooth Fairy eCards were our most-sent category last year.

We've spiffed things up.

In an attempt to make these cards a little more fun for kids, we've added an interactive feature where the child can click the image and get an additional message from the Fairy.

Nothing especially earth shattering or profound. But then again, we're not in an age group where loosing a tooth and getting older are exciting, good things.

How about you?


Thursday, January 23, 2014

New interactive graphic: The dental sealant procedure.

We've just added an interactive graphic to our page that outlines the steps that a dentist follows when they place tooth sealants.

Here's the link: Tooth Sealant Steps

This graphic works well with all platforms (mobile to desktop) and can even be sent as an eCard.

Our goals with this graphic.

Placing sealants can be such an easy and quick procedure, if the dentist just has the child's cooperation.

We're hoping that before their dental appointment, parents and their children will sit together and read through our page that explains this procedure. And then, as soon as they've finished, use our graphic to reinforce what's just been learned.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Are sealants really cost effective for most children?

This is a question that most dentists, and probably parents too, think they know the answer to. But when updating our pages that discuss sealing teeth, it became obvious to me that this issue isn't so clear cut.

Value vs. Cost effectiveness.

Like so many other practitioners, I had probably recommended the placement of sealants on thousands upon thousands of children's teeth. And each time I did so it was with zeal, because I knew as a dentist the value they offered.

I also just assumed they were also a very cost-effective measure. After all, why else would so many dental insurance plans provide benefits for them? Blog