Dr. Navin Bogg – Gentle Dental https://www.drbogg.com Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:39:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Halloween Candy https://www.drbogg.com/873-2/ https://www.drbogg.com/873-2/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:16:34 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=873 It’s almost Halloooooooooweeeeeeeeeeen…………………. In the midst of all the BOOS and OUCHS and SCREAMS etc., the fun part is the CANDY – candycorn, eyeballs, gummy worms, to name a few. Keep it in moderation and take care of your teeth by following your routine hygiene instructions plus brushing a little more often and drinking water. […]

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It’s almost Halloooooooooweeeeeeeeeeen………………….

CandyIn the midst of all the BOOS and OUCHS and SCREAMS etc., the fun part is the CANDY – candycorn, eyeballs, gummy worms, to name a few.

Keep it in moderation and take care of your teeth by following your routine hygiene instructions plus brushing a little more often and drinking water.

  • Don’t let the candy cause an oral health nightmare.
  • Don’t let any creepy cavities get into your teeth.

The chewy candy gets stuck in the grooves of your teeth. Try to brush every time you eat something that can get stuck and stay there. The longer the candy stays in your mouth the more damage it can cause. If you can’t brush right away, chew a piece of sugarless gum or drink some water.

Something is better than nothing.

Here is an article for you from the AGD.

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=H&iid=316&aid=11252

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Holiday Season and Dental Hygiene https://www.drbogg.com/holiday-season-dental-hygiene/ https://www.drbogg.com/holiday-season-dental-hygiene/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:12:21 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=775 Holidays are here…  popcorn, cookies, blintzes, eggnog, candy canes, and all the good stuff. All these taste great but are not good for your teeth. Most of the treats are high in fat and sugar content. That doesn’t mean you should not enjoy these treats. Eat them in moderation. Sip water all day long to […]

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Holidays are here…  popcorn, cookies, blintzes, eggnog, candy canes, and all the good stuff.

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All these taste great but are not good for your teeth. Most of the treats are high in fat and sugar content. That doesn’t mean you should not enjoy these treats. Eat them in moderation. Sip water all day long to get rid of the food particles from your teeth and to wash off the sugary stuff from your teeth.  Try cheese as a snack – it protects your teeth from the acid that causes cavities. Chew some sugarless gum to increase salivation and get rid of some of the food particles. Eat fresh fruits & vegetables and nuts to increase your immunity.

And of course, don’t forget your oral hygiene routine with brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

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Geographic Tongue https://www.drbogg.com/geographic-tongue/ https://www.drbogg.com/geographic-tongue/#respond Fri, 05 Dec 2014 02:26:33 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=770 I keep seeing patients with geographic tongues at least once a month. Sometimes patients know that they have something on their tongue.      Geographic tongue is a harmless condition. It does not lead to any other conditions and does not cause any major health risks. Normally a tongue has papillae on it. They are usually […]

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I keep seeing patients with geographic tongues at least once a month. Sometimes patients know that they have something on their tongue.

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Geographic tongue is a harmless condition. It does not lead to any other conditions and does not cause any major health risks. Normally a tongue has papillae on it. They are usually pink and white. In geographic tongue patches of tongue get denuded and the papillae are lost. The appearance is a white or red patchy tongue making it look map-like. The patches move around frequently.

There is no known cause for it but it is thought that genetics, stress, vitamin B deficiency are contributing factors.

Usually there are no symptoms but sometimes there is a burning sensation and some discomfort to some foods.

It is better to have a dentist look at it just to confirm the diagnosis.

Foods to avoid are acidic, hot, spicy/salty foods, tobacco use and whitening products.

There is no specific treatment but symptomatic treatment can be given based on your symptoms.

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Are your teeth sensitive? https://www.drbogg.com/teeth-sensitive/ https://www.drbogg.com/teeth-sensitive/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:55:03 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=752 Tooth sensitivity is such a common problem. It is caused when the enamel wears away and the second layer of tooth (dentin) is exposed or when the root surface is exposed. Dentinal structure is tubular and there is fluid in the tubules. The movement of this fluid causes nerve irritation. It can be caused by […]

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Tooth sensitivity is such a common problem. It is caused when the enamel wears away and the second layer of tooth (dentin) is exposed or when the root surface is exposed. Dentinal structure is tubular and there is fluid in the tubules. The movement of this fluid causes nerve irritation.

It can be caused by several factors:

  • Worn down enamel – brushing hard with a hard toothbrush
  • Grinding (click here for more details )
  • Receding gums – brushing hard, gum disease
  • Cracked teeth
  • Bulimia and acid reflux causing wear of enamel
  • Symptoms can be increased by consuming cold, hot, acidic or sweet foods.
  • Tooth pastes with abrasive ingredients
  • Tartar control and whitening toothpastes
  • Decay

Sensitivity can be described as short sharp pain initiated by certain foods or drinks. It is important to know what starts it and what relieves it. Once the cause is identified, treatment can be initiated. Various measures used to relieve or control it are:

Decrease consumption of acidic foods and drinks (soda)

Brush well and properly with only a soft bristled brush and with a tooth paste that has fluoride in it. Use a prescription tooth paste given by the dentist. Stop using whitening or tartar control tooth paste to see if sensitivity will reduce.

Desensitizing toothpaste – works best if used on a regular basis for long term. Best to use it two or three times a day by rubbing it in or massaging it onto the sensitive teeth and keeping it there as long as possible. It forms a protective layer temporarily and gets worn down by brushing eating etc. That is why it is important to use it long term.

Sealants and Desensitizing agents can be applied in the dental office. A form fitting tray (custom made for your teeth) can also be dispensed to keep the desensitizing agent in close contact with your teeth for a longer duration.

If there is decay, fillings or root canal, if the cavity is too deep, might be needed.

For more info on sensitivity please click here

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Use it or lose it! Don’t let your benefits expire!! https://www.drbogg.com/745/ https://www.drbogg.com/745/#respond Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:11:16 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=745 It’s the end of the year 2014 and everyone is in a festive holiday mood. Along with that, a lot of patients have the burden of picking their insurance for the upcoming year and have been asking questions about Dental Insurances and how to pick one that’s good for them. If the company you work […]

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It’s the end of the year 2014 and everyone is in a festive holiday mood.

Along with that, a lot of patients have the burden of picking their insurance for the upcoming year and have been asking questions about Dental Insurances and how to pick one that’s good for them. If the company you work for is offering more than one choice…..

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My advice – look through the plans, read the fine print and talk to the benefits manager to get all the details and explanations.

Couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your doctors are on your plan that you choose.
  • Look for the amount of benefit you are getting compared to what you are paying out as premium.
  • If switching insurances, ask about pre-existing conditions or work in progress especially braces.
  • If new insurance, ask about waiting periods.

Any other questions or concerns, please email me and I will try to answer them or will get an answer for you.

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Halitosis or Bad Breath https://www.drbogg.com/halitosis-bad-breath/ https://www.drbogg.com/halitosis-bad-breath/#respond Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:28:33 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=742 One of the most common complaints that my patients come in with and wanted corrected is Bad Breath or Halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by various factors: Poor hygiene (inadequate brushing, flossing, cleaning the tongue may leave particles of food which then invite more bacterial growth and cause odors from the bacterial degradation) Gum […]

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One of the most common complaints that my patients come in with and wanted corrected is Bad Breath or Halitosis.

Bad breath can be caused by various factors:

  • Poor hygiene (inadequate brushing, flossing, cleaning the tongue may leave particles of food which then invite more bacterial growth and cause odors from the bacterial degradation)
  • Gum Disease (allows food to stay between the gums and teeth and cause more bacterial growth)
  • Cavities (are food traps, also allow more bacteria to grow)
  • Abscess (due to deep cavities or advanced gum disease which cause accumulation of pus which is full of bacteria)
  • Dry mouth (enough saliva is not produced to wash off the particles of food and bacteria. This also is seen in “morning breath” because there is not enough saliva production at night. Dry mouth can be caused by various systemic diseases like Diabetes, Kidney disease, liver disease Sjogren’s syndrome and various medications)
  • Post nasal drip (mucus from the nose (allergies, colds, etc.) goes down and gets stuck in the throat causes bad breath) H Pylori Infection (bacterial infection in the intestines can contribute to bad breath)
  • Radiation therapy (dries the mouth by affecting saliva production and cases dry mouth, cavities)
  • Certain foods (garlic, onions, coffee etc. can affect the breath for up to a few days after consumption). Low Carb Diet (burns fat which releases ketones which also cause bad breath). Foods that produce sulfur bi products (like high protein diet can cause bad breath)

How to reduce or get rid of it:

  • Good Oral Hygiene:
    • Drink water periodically during the day.
    • Brush at least twice a day preferably after breakfast and at bed time, so the mouth is clean between breakfast and lunch and all night. Brush all surfaces of your teeth- inside outside and biting surfaces and brush your tongue or better scrape it with a tongue scraper.
    • Floss to get food from in between your teeth.
    • Mouth wash after each meal.
    • During the day if you have a snack drink water to wash off the food particles or chew on some sugar free gum with xylitol which removes some of the food particles and increases saliva production from the chewing motion and combats the S. Mutans which is an odor causing bacteria.
  • Regular visits to the dentist to remove plaque and tartar build up and make sure there are no contributing factors to the bad breath.
  • Contributing Medical Problems need to be controlled by a physician.

 

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Dental Insurance: The mystery https://www.drbogg.com/dental-insurance-mystery/ https://www.drbogg.com/dental-insurance-mystery/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:12:19 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=732 A lot of my patients don’t understand how their insurance works and two of the the biggest questions I have from the patients is “IS MY INSURANCE GOING TO PAY FOR MY TREATMENT?” and “IF YES, HOW MUCH ARE THEY GOING TO PAY?” Easy question to ask, but DIFFICULT to answer. After all these years […]

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A lot of my patients don’t understand how their insurance works and two of the the biggest questions I have from the patients is “IS MY INSURANCE GOING TO PAY FOR MY TREATMENT?andIF YES, HOW MUCH ARE THEY GOING TO PAY?
Easy question to ask, but DIFFICULT to answer.

After all these years in practice, this is what I make out of it. Dental Insurance is different from Medical insurance. Medical Insurance usually has a fixed copay when you go in for a doctor’s visit. Dental Insurance is of various types. Again, this is my analysis after being in practice for a long time.

Indemnity Dental Insurance is a plan where you go to any dentist you want. The insurance company may pay the dentist or the patient. There is usually a maximum amount allowed per year. Each procedure is covered at a certain percentage based on your plan. There is usually a deductible and a co-pay that you have to pay based on the procedure. There are other limitations based on the plan.

Dental PPO or DPO is a plan where you can go to any dentist the you want, BUT if you go to a dentist who is participating with the PPO or DPO plan, your copays are less because the dentist is supposed to take the fee set by the insurance company. If you go to a non-participating dentist, your copays may be higher. There is usually a maximum amount allowed per year. Each procedure is covered at a certain percentage based on your plan. There is usually a deductible and a co-pay that you have to pay based on the procedure. There are other limitations based on the plan.

Dental HMO is a plan where you see a specific dentist that you pick at the time of enrollment. This plan covers your preventive and basic treatment with set copays and asks that you pay for all the other procedures at the fee set by the insurance companies.

Coming back to the question: WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR MY WORK?

Once your check up and treatment plan is done, we give you an estimate of what your insurance will pay on the procedures you need to get done, based on the information provided by your insurance company. It is never a guarantee as we don’t work for the insurance. We participate with certain plans and agree to take the fee set by the insurance company. If you want a firmer answer, we send a pre-determination to your insurance company listing all the procedures that you need and they send you and us paperwork with the details of what they are going to cover. It is a better estimate but still not a 100% guarantee. This pre-certification takes about 2-4 weeks to get back from the insurance company.

Unfortunately, dental treatment, once explained and agreed upon should not wait, especially emergencies, fillings, extractions, infections, root canals etc., as the situation may get worse. For eg., a large cavity might grow bigger and bacteria might enter the nerve tissue. If delayed, then you would need a root canal instead of a filling. OR an infection may spread further and cause more discomfort and might take more time to heal etc.

Coming back to the question, DENTAL INSURANCE is a tool to help you pay for your treatment, but treatment planning by the dentist and treatment acceptance by the patient should be based on oral & dental condition and treatment plan provided by the dentist and not on what the insurance pays for.

Our office strives to get you the best and most information as far as we can, but we do not work for the insurance company.

Any questions, please ask for more details.

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Hydrate yourself. https://www.drbogg.com/hydrate/ https://www.drbogg.com/hydrate/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:32:34 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=725 As all my patients know, I always ask about your water drinking habits when you come in as a new patient and during your check ups. Drinking water helps keep you hydrated and healthy. It helps your oral health by washing away bog food particles and sweet stuff from your teeth and your gums. Even […]

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As all my patients know, I always ask about your water drinking habits when you come in as a new patient and during your check ups. Drinking water helps keep you hydrated and healthy. It helps your oral health by washing away bog food particles and sweet stuff from your teeth and your gums. Even if you drink coffee or tea with sugar, soda or juice, I always encourage my patients to drink water at the end of every meal or a soft drink so the residue left on your teeth, gums and tongue are reduced.

Even for babies on bottles, if you cannot stop the bottle at night before bedtime, quickly take out the bottle with milk and replace with bottle with a little warm water so there won’t be any residual milk left in the baby’s mouth which is responsible for baby bottle tooth decay. Also most parts of the country have fluoridated water which is good for developing teeth in the young ones. It also helps with your digestion and general health. Drinking water also helps with weight loss and boosts your immunity by flushing out toxins from your body .

But most of us get busy and forget to drink enough water during the day. What I do personally is keep a bottle of water for my morning commute and another one for my evening commute and I do not get out of my car till I finish the bottle of water. I also keep a bottle on my desk and drink water in between seeing patients and I finish it before I finish my day. For those of you that need a reminder, here is a great invention.

Its cool.

Drink up……………… water.

Stay healthy

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness month https://www.drbogg.com/april-oral-cancer-awareness-month/ https://www.drbogg.com/april-oral-cancer-awareness-month/#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:24:09 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=696 Here is a quick overview Influencing factors: Smoking Drinking Human papilloma virus Chewing tobacco Decreased resistance (trauma,  infection,  poor nutrition, etc.) combined with any of the above factors Perform a Self-Exam Monthly The best way for diagnosis is by keeping your regular dental checkups. It is part of the routine exam to look for oral […]

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Here is a quick overview

Influencing factors:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Decreased resistance (trauma,  infection,  poor nutrition, etc.) combined with any of the above factors

Perform a Self-Exam Monthly

The best way for diagnosis is by keeping your regular dental checkups. It is part of the routine exam to look for oral cancer. The self exam is not a replacement for a check up done by your dentist.

You could check periodically at home by doing the following.

  • Remove any partials or dentures you may have.
  • Use a mirror in a well lit room. Look for white patches, red patches, chronic sores, lumps, thickenings or any abnormalities.
  • Look and feel inside your lips, cheeks and gums on the front & back of your teeth.
  • Look on the roof of your mouth
  • Pull your tongue (the strongest muscle) out and look on top and bottom and the sides of your tongue
  • Look for any lumps on both sides of your neck or on the bottom of your lower jaw
  • Chronic soreness, sore throat, difficulty in swallowing

Early Detection and Treatment Provides a Better Chance for Cure.

If you find any of the above signs, consult a dentist right away, don’t wait for your next check up.

Your mouth is one of the body’s most important early warning system.

Information taken from http://www.aaoms.org/conditions-and-treatments/oral-cancer/

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Pregnant?? Is anyone you know pregnant? https://www.drbogg.com/pregnant-anyone-know-pregnant/ https://www.drbogg.com/pregnant-anyone-know-pregnant/#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2014 20:13:48 +0000 http://www.drbogg.com/?p=554 Some dental and oral considerations during pregnancy: During Pregnancy it is more important to keep your routine cleaning and check-up visits. It is better to maintain health and treat all problems at an early stage. Babies while in the womb, start developing their teeth so make sure you follow your doctors’ orders on health, diet […]

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Some dental and oral considerations during pregnancy:

During Pregnancy it is more important to keep your routine cleaning and check-up visits. It is better to maintain health and treat all problems at an early stage. Babies while in the womb, start developing their teeth so make sure you follow your doctors’ orders on health, diet and vitamins.

X rays are usually not taken during the pregnancy. If it is an emergency and x rays have to be taken, you, the patient, will be double shielded and only the minimum number of x rays will be taken to determine the cause of the illness and then to treat it. Very low amount of radiation is used and it will not harm the patient or the baby.

Also any medication given will need to be okayed by your OB-GYN.

Harmonal changes can cause some changes in your Dental and Oral Health. One of them is Pregnancy Gingivitis. The gums get inflamed and tender and may bleed. Just continue your regular dental and oral hygiene. You may need to brush and floss and use mouth wash a little more often. You might want to get more frequent cleanings from your dentist during this period to keep it under control.

Sometimes small swellings appear on the gums. These are called Pregnancy Tumors and usually seen in the second trimester. They are non-cancerous and bleed easily. They are believed to be an excessive reaction to plaque. Consult your dentist. They are usually maintained with cleaning, irrigation, home care and they usually disappear after the baby is born.

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