Healthy living – What’s keeping you?

What's keeping you from taking care of yourself? Maybe it's flossing, or not eating right, or not exercising... We know what to do, and even mostly know how, so why not? Does "why" evoke a tinge of guilt, usually? That's why I ask myself what's keeping me from making better choices. The answer, only you may have, or not have. But, think about it, because only you can change your behavior. We all know that if our weight is proper, we are keeping …

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Rub-a-dub-dub, floss in the tub

Flossing, we all want to do it, but it’s not a habit that most of us get into. It is easier to add a new habit to an existing habit structure than to create a new habit by itself. With that being said, here’s what worked for me – Shower flossing! I shower every morning, so that’s where I floss – and my wife never complains about the bathroom mirror getting splattered! In the shower, the …

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Get pH balanced!

Now that you are aware (from reading ‘What’s pH got to do with it”) of how your mouth can become too acidic, you can make educated choices about what you eat and what you can do to balance your oral pH. The great news here is that you don’t have to ignore your ‘sweet tooth’! There are many products available that satisfy those cravings without compromising your health. If you or a family member have a medical condition or take medications …

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Do you take my insurance?

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions when a new patient calls our office. The answer is not simply ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We can and do file insurance claims with most dental insurance companies -exceptions being HMO and discount plans -and accept assignment from them. Dr. Curley is a contracted provider with Assurant and Aetna. So if you have one of these plans, then we are in your network. Although our office is not a contracted provider …

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Does my insurance cover that?

Employer sponsored insurance policies are a contract between your employer and the insurance company.  Therefore, covered services can vary greatly from policy to policy.  We are able to contact your insurance company by phone or online to determine if particular services are covered or not under your contract, but we may not know exactly what dollar amount is covered.  This is because your policy will only pay what your employer and the insurance company have agreed to.  For example: Employer ‘A’ …

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What’s pH got to do with it?

Most of us are aware of the relationship between teeth, simple sugars, bacteria and cavities. If you have plaque(a sticky housing for the bacteria) accumulating on your teeth and you eat simple sugars, this is what happens: within five minutes the bacteria eat the sugar and an acid is formed as a byproduct. This acid will dissolve the enamel. Repeated acid exposure will lead to a cavity. Fluoride in your toothpaste and professionally applied can help the enamel resist the …

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