Congratulations to our Winning Patients

Willo Hill Dental Patient Appreciation Raffle 

Congratulations to our Winning Patients!

We selected 16 patients as winners to enjoy a night out with friends at Classic Park to enjoy a Lake County Captains game. Each winner received 4 tickets to a the game. 

The lucky winners are:

Lou Antloga
Ron Bayko
Michael Pahula Sr
Mary Ellen Casar
Doc Daugherty
Barb & Dick Huntoon
Connie McDonald
Diane McGuffin
Marlene McGuffin
Zack Shagovac
Linda Siegan
Frank Smoley
Nick Spang
Angie Stewart
Jamie Walsh
Vicky Wentzel

Willo Hill Dental Group appreciates our patients and their trust in our office to care for their smile. 

Thank you for being our loyal patient!

 Dr. Howell enjoying the game with her family. 

Dr. Howell enjoying the game with her family. 

Dental Insurance

It’s a new year. Your dental insurance may have changed.  It is important for you to understand your plan even if it stayed the same. Dental insurance is a contract between you and the insurance company. We are happy to find out more about your benefits but if you are informed it helps to minimize any miscommunication and out of pocket expenses.

Deductible – The amount for which you are responsible before the insurance will issue payment of benefits. The deductible is usually an annual fee. Some plans will waive the deductible for preventives services, others may charge the fee for X-rays.

Co-Insurance- The amount the insurance company will pay for the dental procedure. It depends on the service type:

  • Preventive (~80%-100%)- Cleanings, X-rays, Sealants & Fluoride  
  • Minor (~50%-90%)- Fillings, Extractions & Root canals
  • Major (~25%-60%)- Crown, Dentures & Implants (if covered by the plan)

Every plan is different and some employers offer multiple benefit levels.  Cleanings and exams can be 2 times a calendar year; every six months; or 2 in a rolling calendar year.  Knowing your benefits helps us to serve you better. Together we can make the most of your coverage.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth—also called xerostomia—results from an inadequate flow of saliva. It is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and many others.        

 Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and maintains the health of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. Saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, offering first-line protection against microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. In some cases, dry mouth can be an indicator of Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture-producing glands, the tear-secreting and salivary glands as well as other organs.

Without saliva, extensive tooth decay can also occur. Dr. Howell can recommend various methods to restore moisture. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulates saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses. Water is the best to minimize tooth decay

 

 

From www.mouthhealthy.org

 

BENEFITS OF DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS

Dental radiographs (or x-rays) are an important part of your dental care. Along with an oral examination, they provide your dentist with a more complete view of what’s happening in your mouth. 

A dental x-ray gives your dentist a picture of your hard tissues (teeth & bones) and the soft tissues (gums) that surround your teeth and jawbones. For example, dental radiographs may help your dentist see
•    Tooth decay that develops between the teeth or under restorations (fillings) 
•    Diseases in the bone
•    Periodontal (gum) disease
•    Infections that develop under your gums
•    some types of tumors. 

Dental radiographs can alert your dentist to changes in your hard and soft tissues. 
In children, x-rays allow the dentist to see how their teeth and jawbones are developing. Dental x-rays can help your dentist identify diseases and developmental problems before they become serious health issues. Early detection of an infection or injury also can limit or prevent further damage to other areas of the mouth. 

Some people wonder if dental radiographs are safe because they expose the patient to radiation. The amount of radiation used to obtain dental radiographs is very small especially with the digital x-ray system.

 

 Adapted from www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/for_the_dental_patient_sept_2011.pdf?la=en

 

Gum Disease Facts

Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.” In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place. When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

In the meantime, it’s a fact that controlling gum disease can save your teeth – a very good reason to take care of your teeth and gums. So be sure to visit us at least twice a year to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

For More Information go to:

www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/ Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

Children’s Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health Month.  Dentists take more time this month to help educate parents, grandparents and children on the importance of good habits to maintain a healthy mouth for a lifetime. 

Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child?

Babies are born without the bacteria that cause caries, the disease that leads to cavities. They get it from saliva that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. Caregivers pass on these germs by sharing saliva, by sharing spoons, by testing food before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of with water, and through other activities where saliva is shared. These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start.

Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using your fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child 2 years of age and younger. For the 3-6 year-olds, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.  Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. Older children still need to be supervised when brushing and flossing.  

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, we can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

 

Visit MyChildsTeeth.org for more information on healthy dental habits.