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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
April 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: fluoride   paducah ky dentist   cavities   brushing   water  

New Flouride Levels

new fluoride recomendationsThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made a new recommendation for community water fluoride levels.The previous recommended level was 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter and the new recommendation is now 0.7 milligrams per liter.  Is there something wrong with fluoride or is it unsafe?  Don't worry, that is not the case.  Adding fluoride to the water started in the early 1960's when there were few other sources of fluoride beside the water.  Now there are more sources.  You can get fluoride in toothpaste, fluoride prescriptions, mouth rinses varnish and gels.  With all the other available sources it is possible to get too much fluoride and cause a change in color to your teeth.  These changes usually show up first as small white spots.  The HHS and the American Dental Association decided to make the fluoride recommendation at the lower effective level in case someone was using these other sources.  If you were there is a small chance of causing those color changes.  An abudance of safety caused the change.

So what does fluoride do?  It works by stopping the tooth decay process by hardening the tooth structure.  It keeps the tooth strong and hard and prevents cavities from starting or making the cavity less severe.  That is a good thing.  With flouridated water you will have fewer cavities, less need for fillings or extractions and need less dental treatment. 

The water fluoridation program is "one of the ten most important public health measures of the 20th century" says the American Dental Association.  It has saved more teeth and made people dentally more healthy than anything else ever done.

If you or your child is drinking fluoridated water and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, then you are receiving the correct amount of fluoride to protect your teeth and not risk causing any damage to your teeth with over fluoridation.  Keep up the good work.  If you don't have both of these, then see your dentist about what to do.  Trust me on one thing.  There is no denying the beneficial effects of fluoride so make sure you take advantage of them.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
April 21, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Do I Really Have To Wear My Retainers Forever?

how long should I wear my retainerPatients go thru a significant investment of time and money to get orthodontic treatment and have their teeth straightened.  It is a great day when finally the treatment of completed and they get their brackets off or don't have to wear the Invisalign aligners 24 hours a day.  Impressions are made and some type of retainers are made for the patient to wear to help keep the teeth in place and straight.

The patient is told to wear the retainers faithfully every single night or the teeth how long should I wear my retainers?could shift.  Then the question comes.  How long will I have to wear retainers at night?  Most people don't like the answer.  For as long as you want your teeth to be straight.  Your teeth have a memory and want to move back, even if only slightly to their previous position.  Also, the mouth is a dynamic place.  There are lots of large bone and strong muscles in play.  These forces are exerted on the teeth everyday.  Also time wants to move your teeth forward causing crowding.  The day your stop wearing your retainers is the day your teeth will begin to change, little by little.  Eventually your smile will not be the same as the day your braces came off.

So the answer is FOREVER!  You will need to protect your investment for as long as you can.  Really is wearing that at night a terrible thing to do?  I wear a bite guard everynight and don't feel right if I am not wearing it.  My advice is wear your retainers and keep those teeth in position for as long as you can.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
April 19, 2015

April is national oral cancer month.

April Is Oral Cancer MonthLook at these startling statistic from the United Kingdom concerning oral cancer.  This month in the United States is National Oral Cancer Month.  Do yourself a favor and look over this infographic.  It could save you face or your life.

If you are a heavy smoker, drinker of alcohol, have a poor diet or chew tobacco products then are in a high risk category.  The primary syptoms of oral cancer are mouth ulcers or patches and lumps or bumps.

It is important for yor to know that this is a potential life threatening disease and should be taked seriously.  See your dentist for an oral cancer screening.  It could very much save your life.

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By Bohle Family Dentistry
April 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
ChippedTeethHarmoniouslyMadeGoodasNew

“Break a leg” is a well-known theatrical expression for wishing good luck to an actor about to go on stage. Singers should have one of their own…“Chip a tooth”! Apparently collisions between microphones and pearly whites are an occupational hazard for crooners. Taylor Swift became one of the latest casualties during a concert in Pittsburgh while belting out her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The consummate professional, she didn’t miss a beat and kept on singing despite seeing a tooth chip hit the floor.

After all, while chipping a tooth is an inconvenience, it’s not a permanent smile wrecker. Modern dentistry offers several options for restoring a damaged tooth to its original symmetry and luster, or even better!

Bonding
Dental cosmetic bonding is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip. This involves application of a composite filling material that is colored and shaped to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed.

Veneers
A veneer can be used for slightly larger areas or discolored teeth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface may be necessary to fit a veneer so it is flush with the surfaces of surrounding intact teeth.

Crowns
When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


New Patients And Insurance

new patients and insuranceThese are two of the most commonly asked questions I get.  Are you taking new patients and what insurance do you accept.  Let us take these topics one at a time.

YES!  We are accepting new patients.  We will always be accepting new patients until we decide to not practice dentisry anymore.  There may be times when the waiting time is longer than others but we want to meet you and help you with any of your dental problems.  If you find out that the dentist you are seeing is not accepting new patients, beware.  It might be time lo go ahead and look for a new dentist.  That practice is slowing shutting down and will decrease its schedule and not be available for emergencies.  Go ahead and find someone you like and has hours convinient to you.  Bohle Family Dentistry has multiiple doctors on staff so our office is open Monday thru Saturday in case you need us.  Convinience rules the day and we do our best to be here.

new patients and insuranceInsurance is a completely different issue.  When I hear the question, what insurances do you take, it makes me chuckle.  I think you mean, do you take my insurance?  The last time I checked we had over 2500 different insurance plans in our database.  I don't think you want me to list all of those when you ask.  Yes, we accept all commercial dental insurances but the key question for you is whether we are in-network or not.  It will always cost you less to see an in-network provider.  There are many reasons we are in-network for some plans and not for others.  You might also find there are no area dentists that are in-network.  So, this is what we do for you.  Call us and tell us what dental plan you have and we will call the insurance company and find out your coverage.  Once your treatment is decided we will match your plan to the treatment and come up with our best estimate of what your plan will pay.  We do our best based on what the insurance tells us but are not always 100% correct.  This is usually because of the fine print they don't tell us about or the substitution of coverages.  Our insurance department works very hard to provide this service to you so that you may better budget your finances.  So the next time you have dental insurace questions, ask, "Do you accept my insurance?"

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