What Are Premiums and Deductibles?

As you are probably aware, you are paying a monthly premium for your dental benefits. Premiums are what you pay the company to carry your coverage. If you are paying your dental benefit premiums every month, you should certainly use your benefits. Whether or not anyone in your family has a dental problem, every family member should have regular dental... read more »

Dental Maximum

As we look at dental benefits this month, you need to consider your annual maximum. An annual maximum is the amount your dental benefit company will pay within a calendar year. Not every plan has the same maximum but in most cases, it averages around $1,200 per year. If you are not sure what amount you have used, contact our... read more »

Smiling Is a Natural Drug!

Smiling is important for many reasons but have you ever thought about smiling as a natural drug? Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin - Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins which are natural pain and stress fighters plus serotonin. Serotonin can affect mood and social behavior, appetite/digestion as well as sleep and memory. Simply put - Smiling... read more »

Show Off Your Smile!

Go ahead and show off your smile! Below are a few more facts about smiling for you to consider: Smiling Makes You Seem Successful - Studies have shown smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached. Put your best smile on during a meeting or appointment and people will react... read more »

You Really Need To Smile!

Smiling Makes Us Attractive We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them into a conversation. Smiling Changes Our Mood The next time you are feeling down, try putting... read more »

Smiling Makes Us Stand Out

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out in a crowd, but did you know that smiling can help your body to function better? Smiles can improve your health and stress level, plus you look better with a smile.  Go ahead and smile. If you are not happy with your smile, call our office to schedule an appointment... read more »

We Celebrate Labor Day!

Dr. Petrusha, Dr. Selasky and staff would like to wish you all a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! You might take time this weekend to celebrate with a cookout with friends, find a great sale at the mall, but without our “laborers” this weekend wouldn’t exist.  As a federal holiday, we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. ... read more »

Youth Sports

Is your young athlete ready for the fall sports season to begin? Along with the proper sporting equipment, make sure their teeth are protected, too, especially if your child has braces. Mouth guards can be custom-fitted in our office, or you can buy one at a sporting goods store. Wearing a mouth guard significantly reduces the risk of chipping, breaking... read more »

Why Should I Wear a Mouth Guard?

Have you ever wondered how you would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? Smiling and face-to-face conversations would be uncomfortable.  Eating would also become an issue; until your teeth are missing you might not miss them. Protecting your teeth is imperative to maintain good oral health. Wearing a mouth guard while participating in any sport... read more »

Preparing for Back To School

Hard to believe that summer is moving along so quickly and the Back-to-School season will be here in no time. If you are like most people, the thought of going back to school conjures up images of new school supplies, and of a fresh start. What a wonderful time of year! We want your children to head back to school... read more »

Be Healthy!

The saying goes, “You are what you eat,” so focus on high-performance food. Chips, candy, sodas, and sugary treats do not provide you with the nutrition and stamina to learn and perform well in sports or in the classroom. Be sure to visit our office on a regular schedule. When your child has professional cleanings twice a year you will... read more »

Is Your Child Scheduled for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

We have found wisdom teeth extraction is often the first time a person has ever has surgery, and young patients can be frightened by what is ahead for them. We encourage open conversation with our young patients and our dental team of professionals so we can ease any fears, and answer any questions about the procedure and healing afterward. Please... read more »

What Are the Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease?

The best decision regarding your treatment option can be made after a full mouth examination and any necessary tests or X-rays.  However, common options may include the following: Non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing (a careful, deep cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and bacterial toxins) with locally applied antibiotics, may be the most appropriate treatment... read more »

What About Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a common dental concern that can lead to periodontal disease if not treated early. If you have noticed bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth, or if your gums seem red, swollen, sensitive or painful, this may be a sign of gingivitis. The gums are a very important part of the structure of the mouth as they... read more »

What Can I Do To Prevent Periodontal Disease?

The American Dental Association, ADA, found that bacteria in the mouth can start causing gum disease in only 24 hours; so regular, thorough cleaning is imperative. The first, and most important, step is to take excellent care of your teeth– brush twice a day, floss daily, and see us at the interval determined by your dentist and hygienist for professional... read more »

Information about Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is actually an infection in the gums and tissues that support your teeth. When plaque and food particles are left on teeth, a build-up of bacteria occurs in that crevice just below the gum line. As the bacteria grow and thrive, they feed on the tissue that attaches to your tooth and causes the... read more »

Sensitive Teeth?

Does the thought of ice cream or a cold beverage make you cringe? You may be suffering from sensitive teeth. This problem literally means the roots of your teeth are more prone to sensitivity. Drinking hot or cold beverages can cause painful or uncomfortable sensations in a patient’s teeth. This is a common concern among adults and can be managed... read more »

Your Health Is Our Concern

When you visit our office for a regular check-up, your medical conditions are of great importance to us. When we are aware of your physical health concerns, we can be more vigilant in identifying potential dental concerns.  Some medical conditions affect dental health, especially if they are related to hormonal changes.  Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all risk factors for... read more »

A Healthy Smile and Body!

You know what you eat and drink has an effect on your teeth, but so do your lifestyle habits. If you use tobacco, in any form, let us know and we will offer suggestions on quitting. Prolonged use of tobacco can stain your teeth and your tongue, as well as give you bad breath. The chemicals in tobacco can cause... read more »

Healthy Dental Lifestyle

If we were to describe the perfect dental-health lifestyle to recommend to our patients included would be: Eating healthy foods Drinking plenty of water Staying physically fit Having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined regularly Daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing Being tobacco-free Taking care of your mouth not only helps with your overall health, but with regular exams,... read more »