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Why You Might Need Digital Imaging

If you’re like most people, you’d rather prevent any teeth and gum problems before they get started. If you do need treatment for a dental problem, catching it early helps ensure a more conservative treatment and cost. Fortunately, this is possible using dental imaging for diagnostics in Lafayette, LA.

Digital imaging, photography, and x-rays are essential tools in preventing, diagnosing, and treating all kinds of dental issues. For example, using precision, high-resolution digital imaging, dentists can see subtle changes in periodontal bone loss and dental decay.

Here’s a look at two common types of digital imaging that provide highly accurate dental diagnoses and treatments.

Digital Dental X-Rays

Intraoral x-rays reveal information about your teeth ...

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How We Make Dentistry Affordable

Has concern over the cost of treatment kept you from visiting the dentist over the years? You’re not alone! Price is a concern for many patients, especially if you don’t have dental insurance.

The truth is, dental insurance only defrays a small portion of the fee when you need significant dental treatment. Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue understand this, which is why we work with third-party financing companies to help make the dentistry you need affordable for your budget.

CareCredit

If you are looking at an elaborate treatment plan that requires multiple phases or complicated procedures, CareCredit can help you break the total cost of your treatment into affordable monthly ...

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Steps You can Take to Protect Your Oral Health and Your Wallet

With the cost of health care continually on the rise in America, it may feel like affordable dentistry is out of reach. However, avoiding the dentist only causes more significant and costly problems. While it may seem counterintuitive, visiting your dentist on a regular basis every six months saves you money in the long run. Here's what you should know.

The Importance of Routine Dental Visits

Your dentist recommends that you visit every six months for a few reasons.

First, routine checkups give them the opportunity to make you aware of any concerns early on when it is much easier and less costly to treat them. For example, if your dentist detects tooth ...

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Can Stress Cause Cavities?

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If you’ve ever worried about you or your children developing cavities, you’re not alone. Cavities have a big impact on quality of life and involve unexpected expense and visits to the dentist. You might be surprised to learn about a potential link between psychological stress and the development of cavities.

A recent review of several studies published by Biomed Central: Oral Health showed a correlation between the development of dental caries (cavities) and salivary cortisol in children ages four to 14. Of the six observational and experimental studies reviewed, four supported this finding. Researchers gathered data for the review from databases such as MEDLINE, PsychINFO, and Embase.

Cavities form when food, ...

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How Do Sweets Affect Your Oral Health?

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With the holiday season upon us (especially Halloween), we find ourselves consuming extra treats (and candy) that we usually wouldn't eat. Your dentist in Lafayette wants to share some tips for protecting your family's oral health so you can have a safe and happy Halloween.

How Does Sugar Affect Your Oral Health?

To understand how to protect your oral health, you first must understand how sugar impacts your teeth. Believe it or not, it's not actually sugar that causes tooth decay so much as it is the chain reaction that sugar starts.

When you eat, a sticky white biofilm called plaque forms on your teeth. The bacteria that live inside plaque use sugar as ...

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3 Drinks to Limit for Healthier Teeth

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When it comes to protecting your oral health, it often starts with what we eat each day. Most of us understand that sugary foods are harmful to our teeth; however, have you ever stopped to consider the impact that the beverages you drink might have on your teeth? Many of the drinks you consume can actually damage your smile. Your dentist in Lafayette shares some of the worst culprits.

#1: Sodas and Soft Drinks

Soda is definitely the worst beverage choice for your teeth because it's a triple threat. First, soda contains a lot of sugar, which fuels the bacteria on your teeth that produce the acids that cause tooth decay. Second, ...

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How to Care for Your Toothbrush So It Cares for You

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Toothbrush storage is something most of us don't think much about. You've finished brushing your teeth, and you immediately drop your toothbrush into the holder that sits on your bathroom counter next to your sink. No big deal, you've probably been storing your toothbrush this way for years without thinking twice about it. However, you should be thinking twice - here's why.

Toothbrushes and Toilets

If your toothbrush is sitting on your bathroom counter, whether it's laying there or stored in a holder, it is likely contaminated. Why? Because when you flush your toilet contaminated water droplets can reach your toothbrush covering it with bacteria and even traces of feces. Storing your ...

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