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Village Plaza Dental November 2015 Newsletter
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Natural Ways to Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy
Do you prefer natural ingredients when it comes to your healthcare? If so, there are a variety of great options that you can use in order to ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy. However, if you do choose to use a natural product, you need to remember that it should never be a replacement for brushing and flossing, as you still need to keep up these habits in order to maintain a healthy smile.

Try Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular option for fighting off tooth decay. While baking soda is often found in toothpastes and whitening products, many people brush with it on its own. It is a great way to remove stains from the teeth, as sodium bicarbonate can serve as an excellent abrasive.

Use Green Tea Oil

Green tea oil can help to protect your teeth from erosion. It is thought to stop starchy foods from causing your teeth to decay, and studies have shown that when people regularly drink green tea, they tend to have healthier gums than people who don’t.

Try Other Natural Oils

Natural oils like tea tree, menthol, and eucalyptol can be beneficial in keeping your mouth healthy by killing off harmful bacteria. This step is crucial in order to keep your gums from suffering inflammation. There are a variety of mouthwashes and toothpastes that contain these ingredients.

If you are interested in other natural dental options that can help to keep your mouth healthy, contact our office for guidance.

Exploring the Benefits of Xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be found in fruits like plums and raspberries, and it looks just like sugar. It contains considerably fewer calories than sugar, and it is a better option than chemically-engineered sweeteners like aspartame or Splenda. Xylitol is often considered to be a sugar-free sweetener, and it is used in many chewing gums.

Xylitol can benefit your oral health in a variety of ways. First, it fights cavities by disrupting the bacteria that cause decay. It will actually stop them from producing acid that will eat away at the teeth while reducing plaque. Additionally, Xylitol stimulates the production of saliva, which is the natural way that your body protects your mouth.

5 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Now!
Our friend Tammy Davenport wrote an excellent article on how you can save money by using your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year. Here's a quick summary of 5 reasons you should consider making an appointment before the end of the year to use those insurance benefits!

1.  Yearly Maximum: Most insurances have a year maximum of around $1,000. Unused benefits do not roll over at the end of the year.

2.  Deductible: Deductibles vary but usually are around $50 per year. This decutible may reset at the beginning of the year.

3.  Premiums: If you are paying monthly premiums you should be using your dental benefits. Regular cleanings can help prevent more serious treatments later.

4.  Fee Increases: Health care costs and insurance continue to rise. Most fee adjustments are made at the beginning of the year including increases in copays and deductibles.

5.  Dental Problems Can Worsen: By delaying treatment you risk more extensive treatment later. A simple cavity now could be a root canal later.


For the full article on About.com, visit this link: 5 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

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