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Common Misconceptions about Dentists

The media and Hollywood have painted dentists in a less than favorable light. In fact, they often portray them as pain causing and insensitive. Usually when represented in pop culture, they have a bad reputation for being cold, unfriendly and for asking you questions you cannot answer because you have instruments in your mouth.

These stereotypes could not be further from the truth. In fact, dentists tend to get involved in dentistry because they genuinely wish to be of service to others. Here are some of the most common misconceptions out there:

Dentists Enjoy Causing Pain 

If you ask your dentist, he or she will probably tell you the greatest anxiety they feel ...

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Healthy Holidays

Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LAPart of the reason we love what we do is because of the great patients we have – patients like you! We are thankful for you and that you have been a part of our dental practice in 2014 and love developing relationships with you and your family.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy 2015. Our commitment to excellence in dentistry will continue. We look forward to working with you to improve and maintain your oral health by providing comprehensive preventive treatments for your entire family.

Digital x-rays are still the best way to detect decay in its earliest ...

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Can I Skip My Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-Rays Lafayette LAAt Drs. Smith & Domingue’s office, we treat our patients the way we would want others to treat our own families if the situation were reversed. We believe in preventive care that supports good oral health, and preventing dental emergencies whenever possible. In fact, we implement customized care routines to help patients stay on track based on their own individual needs.

Part of the preventive treatment plan is to provide regular professional dental cleanings, periodic exams, and dental x-rays. Typically, we take dental x-rays on a yearly basis unless an emergency or other situation arises that would cause us to suspect a ...

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Time for a Change

It is the end of the year and the time that many people start to think about goals and resolutions for the New Year. You might be thinking of implementing a new workout routine, dropping a few pounds, or quitting smoking. At Drs. Smith & Domingue, we are here to support you in any way we can with your goal of quitting tobacco for good.

If you use tobacco, you have probably heard the list of health repercussions involving heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory illness, but you may not have heard about periodontal disease, oral and bladder cancer, and bone loss that can occur due to smoking and tobacco ...

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Do Not Throw Your Health Away

Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LAWhether you pay for your benefits or your employer covers your health and dental expenses, your dental benefits, including your dental insurance as well as your flex benefits, are all part of your salary package. When you fail to make and keep preventive medical or dental appointments, you are not only putting your heath at risk, but also throwing away your hard-earned money.

Dental insurance companies are in the business of making a profit. The way they do that is by having people pay in more than they pay out. That means that the less you use your insurance benefits, the more ...

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Test Your Dental Implant Knowledge

Dental implants are all over the news and the media, so you may think you know everything you need to know about them. However, many patients have some common misconceptions about dental implants, affecting how they view potential treatment options. Look over the questions below and see how many of the answers you get right. The answers are listed below.

  1. True or False: Dental implant treatment is purely cosmetic and has no true health benefits.
  2. True or False: Dental implants will not work on patients who have experienced bone loss.
  3. True or False: General dentists can place dental implants.
  4. True or False: Dental implants provide a wide variety of treatment options for patients with ...

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Periodontal Disease - the Silent Killer

We are often surprised that our patients think that bleeding gums and pain while flossing is normal. In fact, both are signs of a common condition called periodontal disease. Nearly half of all Americans suffer from periodontal disease, a serious condition that can cause tooth loss, complications with systemic illnesses, and bad breath. Additionally, the bacteria that cause gum disease can pass from person to person, which is why many families suffer from gum disease. Encouraging your family members to seek treatment can protect their health as well as your own.

Periodontal disease is a completely preventable condition. The most common cause is neglect from failure to brush, floss, and have ...

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