The search for the "perfect" Christmas tree can be exciting and dreadful all at the same time. Many families have stories of going into the woods, a local tree farm, or to the local store in search of a tree. Sometimes it's a "Charlie Brown tree", but the memories seem to remembered more than the shape of the tree. For those desiring adventure, the Olympic National Forest sells $5 tree tags. Wherever you get your tree, we hope that you have a great Holiday season!
Got nothing going on this weekend? Check out the 16th Annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles! There will be music, a 5K run, and crab!! Hope to see you all out there this weekend!
Reader's Digest recently did an article titled Top 5 Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth, According to Dentists. It was an excellent article and very appropriate for the season! As highlighted in the article, sour and chewy candies are one of the worst. Sour Patch Kids is an example of this type of candy. The combination of acid and sugar is just what bacteria need to flourish and create cavities in our mouth.
Being realists, we understand that many children and adults will partake in the cornucopia of candy being given this Halloween. In fact, you'll probably see both Dr. Carlile and Dr. Birch munching on some! So here are a few things that you can do to help lower your risk of cavities:
1. Eat candy shortly after or during mealtime: Saliva flow is generally at peak levels during our meals. Saliva is an excellent buffer that cancels out acids produced by bacteria.
2. Drink water: Water is an excellent way to wash out food debris and buffer against the acidic environment that bad bacteria thrive in.
3. Brush your teeth twice a day: We often brush our teeth in the morning to avoid "morning breath", but brushing at night is even more important. As we sleep our saliva flow decreases creating an environment in which bad bacteria can thrive. So remember, brush for 2 minutes twice a day!
4. Floss: Flossing between your teeth helps get rid of food in the hard to get places between your teeth.
5. Regular Dental Check-ups: Regular dental visits aid in catching cavities early. If cavities are still in the enamel the decay process can potentially be stopped by preventive measures.
This list is just a few of the many ways to help you this Halloween season. Check out the American Dental Association's Halloween candy survival guide and their Halloween headquarters for more resources and tips!
Fall is here and it's a reminder that the end of the year is nearing. It also means your dental insurance benefit renews soon. For most, the renewal coincides with the beginning of the new year, but some insurances reset in the October-November time frame. The time to figure out when your plan will renew is now!
A typical dental insurance plan will reimburse up to $1500-2000 of dental expenses a year. Most plans cover 100% of diagnostic and preventative services, 80% for fillings, and 50% for major dental work (crowns, root canals, extractions, etc). Knowing what percentages your plan covers is very important in helping to determine your out-of-pocket expense for various procedures.
Unfortunately, remaining benefits will not carry over to the next year! Many people lose a good majority of that dental benefit by not taking action. Check with your provider or the front desk to see if you have any unfinished treatment and utilize the rest of your remaining benefit!
At Eleven Eleven we are blessed to have an amazing front desk staff that can help you determine the details of your plan. Kathy, Lacy and Rachel are professional and always willing to help. Whether you are a patient of our office or not, we hope that you will use this time of the year to check in with your provider and use your remaining insurance to complete unfinished treatment!
Our awesome assistant Sara McCallister will be starting her Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) training in Olympia tonight. We’re so proud of Sara for continuing to expand her dental education. The process of applying and being accepted into the EFDA program is both competitive and difficult. This 9-month training will teach Sara how to place dental restorations like composite (white fillings) and amalgams (silver fillings) in a patient’s mouth after the dentist has removed all the decay. Again, we are so proud of Sara for her desire to increase her skills so that they can be a benefit to our wonderful patients! Good luck Sara!
We are very happy to have Richard Carlile DDS at Eleven Eleven Dental. His soft-spoken insights and treatment have fit in perfectly with the mission at Eleven Eleven Dental.