How to prevent and treat early childhood cavities in IL

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“Do I really need to brush my child’s tooth? He only has one.” “Should I allow my kids to have the lollipops that the tellers at the bank give to them?” “How can I help my first grader learn to floss her own teeth?” Parents of young children have plenty of questions about oral health care. They certainly want to prevent cavities, but aren’t sure of the best approach. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental has been helping parents in the Dolton, Riverdale and Chicago, IL areas learn what they need to know about proper oral health care for children. … Continue reading

How to treat recurring mouth ulcers in IL

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Mouth ulcers, canker sores, cold sores. The words are often used interchangeably to describe the painful lesions on the inside of the mouth or on the lips. They can range in severity from uncomfortable to annoying to downright painful. Often certain foods or beverages or teeth brushing can exacerbate the pain. While mouth ulcers are typically harmless and clear up without medical or dental intervention, patients often look for ways to get rid of them faster or to prevent them in the first place. No one knows for sure what causes most mouth ulcers and every patient can have different … Continue reading

Keeping your mouth free from dental plaque and tartar in Illinois

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When talking about oral health care, the words “plaque” and “tartar” often come up. In fact, they’re often used almost interchangeably. However, they are actually different things. Plaque is a tacky and colorless deposit of bacteria on the tooth. Produced from saliva, food particles, and fluids, plaque is always on the teeth. Brushing removes it for several hours but eventually it begins to come back. When plaque remains on the teeth, it causes discoloration and the beginning stages of gum disease. Tartar is a crusty deposit, unlike the sticky formulation of plaque. While it also causes staining and discoloration, it … Continue reading

Dolton dentist urges parents to instill good brushing and flossing habits in young children

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Parents of young children have a lot to do in the mornings and at night. Getting children dressed, fed, and out the door to school in the mornings and into pajamas, with a story read, and to bed at night can seem like a never-ending task. However, it’s critical that along with all the other items on the must-do checklist, parents remember that brushing and flossing are critical to their child’s oral health. It can be challenging to teach toddlers and preschool-aged children the proper brushing technique, but Dr. Dean Dietrich offers a few tips and items for consideration: Start … Continue reading

Specific Procedures Covered by Your Insurance Policy

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Everything seems expensive these days. Nothing more so than any medical treatment. Dentistry is not immune from this trend. After all as our expenses go up so must our fees. I remember when charging a hundred dollars for the most expensive crown seemed ridiculous. (OK I’m dating myself.) Now you can drop a thousand or more for the same crown! Ouch! To make matters even worse, dental insurance, which was started in the mid 1950s, has on average not increased the level of coverage since then. Yep that $1000 or $1500 annual maximum you might have on your insurance is … Continue reading

Check Your Dental Insurance Policy

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Most people with dental insurance today have either a PPO or HMO type of coverage. With both of these there are what is called a “network of providers.” HMOs REQUIRE you to go to a doctor in their network in order to get any coverage for anything beyond an emergency. Most PPOs on the other hand allow you to go to either an in-network dentist OR an out-of-network dentist. So whats the difference with a PPO between the in-network dentists and the out-of-network ones? Just to give you my point of reference, we have not joined any networks, with the … Continue reading

You do not have to have dental insurance to have a healthy, beautiful smile

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Dental care is an important aspect of oral health. This is just as true for a person or family without dental insurance as those covered by a specific plan. There is a common misconception that it is more cost effective to go without preventive dental care than to visit the dentist regularly, as recommended. After all, when there is no insurance to pay for such visits, how can they possibly be worth it? It really goes without saying that forgoing dental care can lead to bigger problems and, thus, higher cost, in the long run. It is through preventive dental … Continue reading

Dentist in Dolton, IL takes many dental insurance options

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Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental in Dolton, IL is dedicated to assisting patients in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Many patients pay in to their employer for dental insurance coverage but may not be fully using this insurance plan to their advantage. Some patients avoid seeing the dentist and this money truly goes to waste when it could be used to improve oral health and wellness while also enhancing the appearance of the smile with cosmetic dentistry solutions. Knowing the options available for one’s dental insurance plan is the best way to ensure maximum benefits. Dental insurance plans vary, … Continue reading

Dolton residents guide to dental insurance: Maximum use of benefits

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Dental insurance can save you thousands of dollars, and enable you to receive treatment that you may otherwise be unable to afford. However, it is completely worthless if you don’t use it. Dr. Dietrich wants every patient to enjoy the maximum benefits of his or her insurance coverage. Because using up your benefits is not as simple as it sounds, he is happy to work with you in scheduling procedures, and help you better understand your policy. The seasons of insurance The first thing that you need to know is the duration of your benefit period. For most people, it … Continue reading

Dolton, IL, guide to choosing dental benefit plans

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Dr. Dietrich, of Pleasant Dental in Dolton, IL, is committed to providing you the best value in dentistry. Unfortunately, the cost of dental supplies, equipment, and business expenses is high. Therefore, even with the most reasonable pricing, restoring or replacing a tooth will take more than the spare change between the couch cushions. Enter dental insurance. If your employer offers a benefit plan, or you can afford to purchase one – do it. Most plans will pay a large portion of basic services, and help significantly with major procedures. So, how do you know which plan is right for you? … Continue reading

They made the extra effort to make sure every question and concern I had was addressed. They have some of the cleanest dental equipment I have ever seen. They make an extra effort to make sure they only use the best for their patients. They have a very good professional reputation. I know that I'm under the care of an expert. They were so happy to answer each and every question I had. They also encouraged me to call if I need any more answers in the future.