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STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR SPRING CLEANING! (teeth whitening)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 21, 2019 , Comments Off on STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR SPRING CLEANING! (teeth whitening)

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Happy Spring Equinox! Now that winter is finally over, do you start to think about spring-cleaning your house? Not only is this a great time of year to take care of that dreaded chore, it’s also the perfect time to freshen up your smile! Regular dental cleanings are so important to the health of not only your teeth but in the fight against periodontal (gum) disease. This is especially important for patients with or at risk for chronic systemic diseases. We consistently educate our patients about the links between periodontal disease and conditions like stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Here is a different angle to consider:
A study titled “The Mouth – the Missing Piece to Overall Health and Lower Medical Costs” included data on average yearly medical cost savings and reduced hospital stays for patients who followed through on periodontal treatment and maintenance versus those who did not. The results are striking so here is a summary:
ANNUAL MEDICAL COST SAVINGS:
$5681 – for patients with cerebral vascular disease (stroke)
$1090 – for patients with heart disease
$2840 – for patients with diabetes
$2433 – for women who were pregnant
ANNUAL HOSPITALIZATION REDUCTIONS (not applicable to women who were pregnant)
21.2% for patients with stroke
28.6% for patients with heart disease
39.4% for patients with diabetes
*Click here to read the entire study.
These are significant savings! And this is not the first study to show savings in medical expenses associated with keeping gums healthy. Remember signs of gum disease include bleeding/puffy gums, gums that look red and inflamed, and chronic bad breath. It can be prevented and treated with good oral care at home and keeping up with regularly scheduled cleanings and maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to get back on track so don’t wait! Click here to schedule at one of our conveniently located offices. Click here to learn more about how we view overall wellness and it’s relation to oral health.
Credit: 2014 White Paper: The Missing Piece to Overall Health and Lower Medical Costs
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WEAR WHITE YEAR ROUND! (Beavercreek general dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on September 17, 2018 , Comments Off on WEAR WHITE YEAR ROUND! (Beavercreek general dentist)

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and we are committed to helping our patients achieve the brightest and best-looking smile ever! KoR Whitening is a superior method of whitening teeth and we are excited to have it available for our patients.

The KoR Whitening System works by restoring the teeth’s youthful ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from the whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving and removing stain molecules. Unlike other whitening methods, with easy periodic home maintenance, KoR Whitening delivers long-lasting results. Sometimes, it is possible to experience pain and sensitivity during whitening treatments. KoR utilizes a whitening gel that, in most cases, produces little or no sensitivity. As a result, most patients have no discomfort when using this system.

The ideal age to begin whitening teeth is about 14 because the permanent teeth are usually all in place by that age. The younger the teeth are the more they whiten. However, KoR Whitening rejuvenates older teeth back to their youthful ability to whiten, even if you are a senior citizen! KoR Whitening lightens teeth dramatically up to 16 shades or more…even teeth stained by antibiotics (such as tetracycline) will be whitened significantly! If you are afraid your teeth will look too white or unnatural, fear not! Real teeth don’t look unnatural, they just look amazingly white. With Kor Whitening, you will get the perfect shade for you. Like most of us, you probably enjoy beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine and you may be worried that they could affect your teeth after whitening. With the easy home maintenance provided included with Kor, these staining beverages will have no effect on the long term brilliant color of your teeth.

So if you want to turn heads with a whiter, brighter, and overall stunning smile, look no further than Brilliant Smiles. Contact us today! To learn more about us “like” us on Facebook…you’ll be glad you did because we are VERY social…you might even win a prize! (Hint: It’s a gift card!)

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WE WANT YOU! (beavercreek ohio dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on August 2, 2018 , Comments Off on WE WANT YOU! (beavercreek ohio dentist)

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For the past 30 years, Dr. Austria and his team have been committed to guiding our patients to optimal oral health and wellness in a gentle and comforting environment. We treat patients of all ages and provide services that range from routine professional cleanings and simple fillings to the most comprehensive care, including:
Dental Implants
Invisalign and Orthodontics
– Sleep Disordered Breathing Assessment
– Tooth Replacement
– Cosmetic Dentistry
– Emergency Dental Care

Over the last several years, our focus has incorporated what we call “Complete Health Dentistry”, a philosophy that has led us to become advocates for your overall health and wellness. In our practice today, you will get a team of excellent clinicians and dedicated dentists; all who want to see you live healthier and have a better quality of life.

We are accepting new patients…Contact us today to schedule your appointment and visit us on Facebook to learn more about our practice.
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WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (dayton dentist greene county dentist beavercreek dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 1, 2018 , Comments Off on WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (dayton dentist greene county dentist beavercreek dentist)

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You may think that cavities are the number one problem dentists address with their patients.  Would you believe that GUM DISEASE is a huge problem as well?  In fact, a large number of the American population has some sort of gum disease with an early indicator being gums that are swollen, sore, and bleeding.  This condition is called Gingivitis.  If that sounds scary, it’s because it is.

DON’T IGNORE BLEEDING GUMS!  You would be worried if you were brushing your hair and your scalp was bleeding…well, you should be worried if you see blood in the sink after brushing your teeth.  Gum disease is serious business and is a major cause of tooth loss.  Like so many other afflictions, the early signs of gum disease are not painful at all so many times patients ignore those early symptoms because their daily routines are not affected.  It is so important to talk with your dental professional if you notice changes in your teeth or gums because getting the problem diagnosed and treated early can make a huge difference later on…not only in your mouth but in the rest of your body…think HEART DISEASE (that’s scary too.)  Make no mistake, there is a definite link between the two – here’s why:

When a person has gum disease and the gums bleed, the bacteria from the mouth can reach the rest of your system by going into the bloodstream.  Once there, the bacteria can access the arteries near your heart and wreak havoc.  This is why gum disease is so closely linked to heart disease.  Studies show that the plaque that builds up in arteries and leads to heart attacks is found in only one other place in the body -you guessed it:  The mouth.  So the moral of the story is: When you take care of your gums, you take care of your heart too.

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(dentist in beavercreek oh) DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? HOW ABOUT A WHITE SMILE?

by Lee Anne Austria on December 14, 2017 , Comments Off on (dentist in beavercreek oh) DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? HOW ABOUT A WHITE SMILE?

(dentist in beavercreek oh) DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? HOW ABOUT A WHITE SMILE?

For a limited time, we are offering the following AMAZING specials on our whitening products!

  • Complete KoR Whitening Kit – $249.00 (A savings of $150.00!)  KoR is the most sophisticated whitening product on the market today.  Includes the office visit, impressions, trays, whitening material, and desensitizer.  Impressions for trays must be taken by December 31st.  Gift certificates are available!  Contact us to make your appointment.
  • KoR Whitening Maintenance – $100.00/tube.  If you already have KoR trays and are just in need of a touch-up, then this product is for you.
  • Natural Elegance Touch-Up – $49.00 for 2 tubes.  This product is for patients who have previously had ZOOM whitening and are in need of a touch-up.

These offers are available only while supplies last so don’t wait!

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TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS – A MESSAGE FROM AN EXPERT

by Lee Anne Austria on August 16, 2016 , Comments Off on TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS – A MESSAGE FROM AN EXPERT

As evident by the numerous numbers of patients who have asked me this question during the last couple of weeks, obviously the news story stating there are no benefits to flossing was heard/read by many, many people.  I have to hand it to our media (and we already know this,) they sure know how to twist a story to make news!

Apparently, the federal government has been recommending flossing since 1979, but when recently asked by The Associated Press to provide the scientific evidence of flossing’s benefits, the government quietly slipped the recommendation out of its latest dietary guidelines.  When the AP followed up, the government confessed that the effectiveness of flossing had not actually been researched to the extent required.  The AP then hit the stands with the message that flossing isn’t necessary because the government no longer listed it in its guidelines.

This article is not really about the ineffectiveness of flossing but having the proper supporting to research to legally make the recommendation in the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans report from the surgeon general.  In order to include flossing as part of the guidelines, the law states there must be evidenced based science to support it.  When the flossing literature was reviewed the studies were weak, poorly done, unreliable, biased, very low quality or lacked efficacy and it was decided the available scientific evidence was not really there.

As a practitioner of 30 years, currently working with 4 associate doctors and ten dental hygienists, we evaluate the periodontal health of many people every single day.  Our responsibility is to evaluate for the presence of gum inflammation and disease.  Comprehensive and very costly studies wanted by the government aside, it is easy for us to determine for most patients who has been flossing, or more importantly, who hasn’t, by the condition and health of their gums.

The fact of unavailable evidence should not be confused with the concept that it is not worthwhile to clean in between your teeth.  The government simply said the research to prove the effectiveness of flossing has not been done to satisfaction and if flossing is going to be listed in the Guidelines, the supporting research needs to be there.  So the press did what they do best; take a nothing story and twist the words a bit to create a media splash that suggests to the world that something we thought to be helpful is a waste of time.  It is ultimately your call to floss or not, but if you don’t manage your biofilm load (a fancy phrase for oral bacteria,) and if you are disease susceptible, rest assured your health WILL suffer.  For me, I floss because I want to closely manage my periodontal health.  Regardless of what the media says, it will remain a part of my everyday regimen.

Dr. Gregory J. Austria, Owner, and Founder of the Brilliant Smiles Dental Offices

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE dentist beavercreek

by Lee Anne Austria on April 28, 2016 , Comments Off on CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE dentist beavercreek
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It seems strange to place middle-aged adults in the same category as BLT’s and PB&J’s.  But instead of 2 slices of bread, adults are finding themselves financially “sandwiched” between 2 generations:  Their children and aging parents.  This dual responsibility isn’t new but it’s now more costly than ever.  On one end, parents are supporting their children past the age of 18.  On the other, seniors are living longer but may not have the savings to match their longevity.  And this means the middle generation is footing both bills – including dental costs.  Here are some tips to help reduce dental costs:

INVEST IN YOUR CHILDREN.

Keep ahead of any future costs by focusing on preventive care.  Instill good oral health habits at a young age, schedule regular dental exams anduse your benefits to help avoid any future restorative costs.

ENCOURAGE ADULT CHILDREN TO BE INDEPENDENT.

As your children get older, it’s important to set expectations.  This includes their dental care and determining who will be responsible for co-pays, dental bills and overall benefit costs.  Although adult children are eligible to stay on your benefits until they turn 26, it may make financial sense if they sought out their own plan sooner.  Talk to them about their options and financial capabilities.

CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS FOR YOUR PARENTS

Aging seniors often have a hard time accessing dental care.  Some possibilities to get them covered:

  • Look at a long-term health plan.  If your parents are not yet dependent on your financial assistance, have them consider a long-term plan as a safety net.
  • Supplement their Medicare plan.  Medicare does not cover routine dental care, but certain supplement plans and resources can help lower costs.  Learn what these resources are and if they financially make sense for your family.
  • Seek out an affordable individual plan.  Many providers have affordable coverage for seniors over 65.  Learn about some options here.
  • Claim them as a dependent.  The IRS will allow you to claim an elderly parent if the meet certain criteria.  But this option is not always guaranteed for insurance purposes.  Check with your provider to see if this is an option.
  • Don’t forget about yourself.  By being both a caregiver to your children and your parents, it’s easy to neglect your needs.  Be sure to take care of yourself by maintaining your health, using your insurance plan, and keeping up-to-date with your dental appointments.  If possible avoid dipping into your retirement savings to pay for your family’s health costs.  Your financial future could depend on these costs and spending this money could mean passing on financial loss to your children.

Remember:  BE GOOD TO YOURSELF.  Love, honor, and value yourself.  And seek support from others in the same position.  There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

(reprinted in part from www.deltadentalnjblog.com/2016/4/caught-middle-insurance-tips-sandwich-generation/

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