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This month we want to remind you to take advantage of your remaining insurance benefits before it’s too late!

DENTAL INSURANCE BENEFITS: USE IT OR LOSE IT!!!

We are quickly approaching that time of the year again… We call it, “Use it or Lose it!” Sadly, every year there are patients who lose out on hundreds of dollars through their dental insurance providers simply because time has slipped away. We hope to educate you so that you can better understand how dental insurance benefits work and make sure that you take advantage of your coverage!

Understanding Dental Benefit Categories

Most dental plans offer 3 categories of coverage. If orthodontics is a covered benefit, it is considered a fourth class and typically has a separate lifetime maximum payable amount. Each category of coverage provides specific types of treatment and typically covers those treatments at a certain percentage. Reimbursement levels vary from plan to plan.  Knowing what your specific plan allows is your responsibility so be sure to read your benefits information carefully. (more…)

August 13th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

At Lake District Family Dentistry, Dr. Richter offers the options of traditional orthodontics (Ceramic or Metal Braces) as well as clear aligners in a series (Bioliners™) to move teeth.  Some patients have only slight movement needed to perfect their smiles, making them great candidates for the series of invisible trays.  She uses a system called Bioliners™, which are clear appliances can be used for minor tooth movement at an affordable price!

What Is a Bioliner™?

A Bioliner is a tooth aligner made of 0.030mm ultra clear plastic with a soft thermal plastic insert. To make a Bioliner™, Dr. Richter first sends Five Star Orthodontic Lab a set of patient models. The dental lab will reset the teeth to be aligned in the stone models. They make a soft thermal plastic insert to fit over the reset teeth. The dental lab then makes a tight plastic retainer over the model with the plastic aligning insert in place. When a patient wears the retainer, the thermal plastic insert exerts a gentle pressure on the teeth to be moved. The thermal plastic insert is the key to this aligner. The insert is flexible enough to allow the patient to easily take the appliance on and off, yet rigid enough to move teeth. (more…)

Teeth Whitening

August 10th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

teethDiscoloration of your smile can make you look like you do not take care of yourself or that you are older than you are. Whitening toothpastes, whitening gels and In-office teeth whitening are all options to help you have the bright, white smile that you want but the effectiveness of the products on your teeth depends on why the teeth do not look white in the first place. Whitening toothpastes chemically or mechanically help to remove stain on the tooth surface. There is no evidence they can whiten teeth from internal discoloration.  Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that help rub off surface stains that may have built up over time. For some people, these abrasives can be irritating and cause teeth to become hypersensitive to thermal changes or air.  Because most toothpastes contain mild abrasives, they may not be strong enough to remove heavy external stains that need to be scaled or polished off professionally in the office. (more…)

The Truth about Men

August 5th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

Recent surveys and studies show that men are less likely to take care of their physical health than women. This holds true for their oral health.

  • menMales have an increased risk of developing oral and throat cancer
  • Men are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease
  • One-third of males have not had a dental checkup in the past year
  • A man will lose an average of 5.4 teeth by the age of 72
  • A man who smokes a tobacco product is likely to lose up to 12 teeth by age 72

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Well-Ahead Lousiana

July 28th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

The Problem:

Louisiana is…

mainlogo48th in Overall Health

            44th in Smoking

                        45th in Obesity (more…)

August 13th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

At Lake District Family Dentistry, Dr. Richter offers the options of traditional orthodontics (Ceramic or Metal Braces) as well as clear aligners in a series (Bioliners™) to move teeth.  Some patients have only slight movement needed to perfect their smiles, making them great candidates for the series of invisible trays.  She uses a system called Bioliners™, which are clear appliances can be used for minor tooth movement at an affordable price!

What Is a Bioliner™?

A Bioliner is a tooth aligner made of 0.030mm ultra clear plastic with a soft thermal plastic insert. To make a Bioliner™, Dr. Richter first sends Five Star Orthodontic Lab a set of patient models. The dental lab will reset the teeth to be aligned in the stone models. They make a soft thermal plastic insert to fit over the reset teeth. The dental lab then makes a tight plastic retainer over the model with the plastic aligning insert in place. When a patient wears the retainer, the thermal plastic insert exerts a gentle pressure on the teeth to be moved. The thermal plastic insert is the key to this aligner. The insert is flexible enough to allow the patient to easily take the appliance on and off, yet rigid enough to move teeth. (more…)

Is your child getting quality sleep?

March 30th, 2015is-your-child-sleeping

Sleep is essential for your child’s growth and health.

Your child may not be getting enough sleep or adequate sleep if he or she exhibits these behaviors:

  • DIFFICULTY GETTING UP IN THE MORNING
  • CLENCHING / GRINDING TEETH
  • SNORING
  • MOUTH BREATHING
  • RESTLESS SLEEP
  • FALLING ASLEEP AT SCHOOL OR IN CAR ON WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL
  • ACTING OUT/ HYPERACTIVITY/DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION

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Suffering from Sleep Apnea?  You do have treatment options!

February 25th, 2015
Author: Dr. Carlton, III

Do you or a loved one suffer from intense snoring, morning headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness or gasping during sleep? These could be signs of a dangerous medical condition known as sleep apnea.  The most common form affecting millions of Americans is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is a condition causing a person to actually stop breathing during sleep.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea is known to cause serious health conditions and can be potentially life threatening.  The list of associated health risks linked to sleep apnea is growing quickly as researchers and physicians better understand its correlation to so many common illnesses.  Treatment is becoming ever so important with the understanding that controlling our sleep breathing may prevent other health risks and help us age more gracefully. (more…)