Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Roundup of Dental Health Videos for Kids

Being a parent or daycare provider can be difficult. Getting children to pay attention and commit to good practices is not easy.

What if it could be made fun?

That would help a lot.

Taking good care of teeth and gums is a high priority in educating our kids. Good dental hygiene will have a major impact on their appearance, chewing, digestion, talking and other important aspects of life and socializing.

Nice teeth and gums can even have an influence on their careers and companionship.

Brushing, flossing, and other oral health disciplines are taught to children in these funny, short but powerful videos. A lot of creativity and imagination went into these charming videos, but the message comes through loud and clear. Enjoy these videos with your children. As you laugh together, your kids will also learn.

Dental Health Videos for Kids

"Stop Zombie Breath"

"Mike the Polar Bear"

"Casper the Friendly Ghost on Brushing and Flossing"

"Going to the Dentist is Better Than the Movies"

Dee Dee the Dinosaur "Love a Healthy Smile"

"The Haunted Mouth"

Dudley the Dinosaur "Miles's Toothache and Gramps"

"Family Nutrition and Dental Health"

Crest "Dental Defenders vs Cavity Creeps"

Colgate "How to Have a Bright Smile"

Billy Blue Hair "Why Do I Have to Go to the Dentist?"

"Dudley Visits the Dentist"

"Ed Meets the Dentist"

Colgate "Adventures of Wiggly Tooth"

"Sad Tooth, Happy Tooth"

"Going to a Special Doctor Called the Dentist"

"Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist -- Part 1"

"Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist -- Part 2"

1955 ADA Public Service Announcements (20 minutes)

"The Modified Scrub" (1979)

"New Baby Dino" (Preventing baby bottle tooth decay)

"Daughter's First Time at the Dentist"

"Smile Power"

"The Value of a Smile" (1940s)

"Bad Tooth Gang"

"Maxwell Boy Explorer"

"Lost Tooth"

"Island Jams"

"Healthy Teeth"

"First Dental Appointment"

"Witch's Brew"

"Mouth Guards"

"Types and Functions of Teeth"

"How To Brush Your Teeth Correctly"

"It's Time to Brush Your Teeth"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CareCredit lets you make monthly payments on dentist bills

Care Credit is an easy way to pay for your dental work, in monthly installments.

Many people think you must pay the full amount of a dentist bill upon completion of the services. That's not necessarily true. With a CareCredit medical credit card, you can get the word done immediately, then pay it off a certain amount each month.

With CareCredit, you can now go ahead and get that treatment, since it can pay for such healthcare costs as:

* dental care
* teeth whitening
* braces
* hearing aids
* vision exams
* eyeglasses and contacts
* LASIK surgery
* dermatology
* cosmetic procedures
* chiropractic care
* veterinary care for your pets
* co-payments and deductibles

What a relief it is, knowing that when a medical need arises, you can get needed care without worrying about paying the whole bill all at once.

It's easy to apply for your CareCredit card. Once approved, you can start your treatment right now, without waiting for your card to arrive.

You can use your CareCredit healthcare credit card to pay for any dental treatments that improve your mouth health -- like preventative check-ups, cleanings and root canals. You can also use it for cosmetic procedures like whitening, veneers, dental implants and ceramic crowns.

At my practice, James Lynn Davis, DMD, we accept CareCredit as a payment option for those who qualify for the service.

If you have any questions, contact my office or got to the CareCredit website:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dental Care for US Troops in Kabul, Afghanistan VIDEO

Deployment Dentistry. Video by Cameron Currie | American Forces Network Afghanistan | Date: 11.25.2012. Dental care is a part of life for service members at home station and down range is no different. Senior Airman Cameron Currie tells us how dental clinics downrange keep the "fight" in the war fighter. Also available in high definition. Soundbite from Maj. Walter Dimalanta

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dental Care Issues for Seniors VIDEO

 Published on Jan 4, 2013 Periodontist Dr. Lee Sheldon in Melbourne, FL talks about dental care for seniors.

Dr. Sheldon goes over teeth-in-a-day restorations, periodontal disease and other oral health issues and their treatments.

Helping Seniors of Brevard County's mission is to improve the awareness of senior care services and programs as well as help lead the way in assisting seniors get the health care that they need.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Action for Dental Health VIDEO

Great video on Action for Dental Health. Education, prevention and treatment to get people out of the ER and into the dentist's chair. A nice example of the American Dental Association working with communities to strengthen and expand the local dental health care network.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Don't Let a Bad Dentist Bully You

Your teeth, gums, and oral health are very serious. 

Don't let a volume-oriented dental service try to push you into treatments that are profitable for them, but not really needed. Seeing dental patients as cash cows is a common reality in some dental practices that are heavily advertised.

Sometimes the treatments these clinics are pressuring people into getting can do more harm than good. The wrong dental procedure can be difficult or impossible to undo and fix.

Many of my Peoria, IL patients have dental problems but worry about how to afford treatment. And sometimes those treatments recommended by a dental chain or clinic may not be the best way to deal with an issue.

We accept a variety of payment options and offer monthly payment programs through CareCredit.

In some cases, the expensive treatment you thought you needed may not really be necessary.

For example, instead of pulling teeth and replacing them with bridges, implants, or dentures, it may be possible to save that tooth and preserve it as a functioning part of your chewing apparatus. That is the preferred approach, save instead of pull, whenever possible.

So these and other issues are important to consider. There are many dental services and fly-by-night clinics who are not as professional as they should be. Some are trying to lure people in to make a lot of money off each patient, recommending extreme treatments and unnecessary procedures.

Get a 2nd and 3rd opinion when it comes to major dental work.

Call me anytime you have a question. 

I love meeting new patients, including the tragic cases of those who had bad experiences from unprofessional dentists.

I'm anxious to give good advice to patients who are seeking a competent and experienced dentist.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What is a Cavity? VIDEO

Checkdent provides a nice, concise explanation of dental caries, commonly called cavities.

Caries means rotten or foulness in Latin. Dental caries, also known as cavity, refers to a decayed or rotting portion of a tooth; Caries is a tooth disease caused by bacteria and leeds often to tooth ache.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Basic Facts About Dental Implants

Implants are one of the biggest success stories in the evolution of dental technology. My Peoria, IL patients are often full of questions about this topic.

For many years, if you had missing teeth, your only options were bridges, partials, or full dentures. Now you can replace missing teeth with dental implants, which are a way to approximate the functionality of real teeth.

Dental implants attach directly to your jaw by way of an anchor, a post, and an artificial tooth.

Teeth replacements are not going to perform as well as your natural teeth. They take some getting used to. But for many folks, they're far better than having unsightly and embarrassing gaps between teeth.

Also, because they require extensive surgery, dental implants are only for patients who are in good health, have healthy gums, and adequate bone in the jaw. Such issues as diabetes, heart problems, and immune system deficiencies may rule out implants as a solution for a person.

The American Dental Association provides this information about dental implants:


First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.

Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. 

Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.

Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. 

For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. 

(Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)

If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing.


If you're interested in dental implants, please contact me. I'll be happy to explain them in greater detail.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Love a Healthy Smile VIDEO

A nice video for children "Love a Healthy Smile" by DeeDee the Dinosaur, from the American Dental Association. This video teaches kids to skip the candy and go with fruits and vegetables. It emphasizes how a good smile is important.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rushed Dentures Can't Be Good Dentures

A recent TV commercial makes it seem like waiting "a few weeks" for dentures is an intolerable burden.

The slick ad states that you'll have to sip your food through a straw until your dentures are done. A character in the commercial acts shocked and defiantly rejects such a scenario.

The "fast food" type dentures provider makes it seem like getting a new pair of dentures is something that doesn't need much time at all. This appeals to the modern tendency to be impatient and want everything right now.

Viewers are left with the erroneous impression that dentures should be designed and delivered quickly, so you can get back to eating food like a normal person with a full set of healthy teeth.

But consider this: you'll live with your dentures many years. They will be the tools that enable you to talk and chew your food. To rush the process, delivering your dentures the same day, or in very short time, is not necessarily the best way to get dentures.

Another false aspect of these TV commercials is the idea that once you get your new dentures, you'll be eating any kind of food easily. It skips over the fact that it takes some time and practice to get used to dentures. Your chewing and speaking will be a bit challenging at first. 

It's smart to take such dubious advertising with a grain of salt. Don't allow yourself to be tricked into going with the fastest, cheapest pair of dentures that some corporate chain or fly-by-night dentist is trying to sell you.

Need more information?

If you have questions about these "fast food" type dental services, please contact my office.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Tooth Enamel and Fillings VIDEO

A nice animation that explains how teeth with cavities are filled with bonding agents and composite fillings for durability and strength. Technical language is used, but the presentation is interesting.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dental Service Scams are Rampant

All of a sudden, it seems like the public is being inundated with dental services ads by dubious providers.

When you keep seeing ads from dental service chains, you may start thinking they must be providing good dentistry to patients.

However, sometimes a scam company will flood the internet, radio, and TV with ads, then disappear, due to customer complaints, and law enforcement cracking down on them. What may seem popular and successful today can be nowhere tomorrow.

Don't let a con artist dentistry company ruin your mouth and raid your wallet!

Dentistry is an opaque subject to most people, a real mystery. Few understand how to tell if a dentist is telling the truth or trying to exploit them.

But your teeth are the jewels of your mouth. You need them to chew food, uphold the structure of your face, and display a nice smile. Serious mistakes related to teeth and oral health can be very dangerous.

Unfortunately, big corporate dental service chains are preying on people, even in the Peoria, IL area.

You should do some online research into dental services, treatments, and practices before choosing a dental provider. You can also contact other dentists to get a second and third opinion if an expensive dental treatment or a costly series of treatments is being recommended.

A poorly executed dental service or oral surgery can disfigure your face and lead to grim consequences, like infections and jaw problems.

Con artists use common tricks. They promise fast results and mock how long it takes traditional dentists to do work. They'll promise discounts, but may pull a fast one, adding hidden charges and even engaging in fraudulent insurance claims.

Bank Rate quotes James Quiggle, a spokesman for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud:

"The most frequent dental scams are inflating claims, delivering worthless treatment that patients don't need and billing insurers for phantom treatment that the dentist never delivered," he says. "Dentists also may have a staffer do procedures that only a dentist is licensed to perform, yet bill as if the dentist had done the work."


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dental Treatment Scams, Dangers, and Ripoffs

Upselling. Creative diagnosis. Driving the reward engine. Maximizing profits. Revenue quotas. Monetizing a patient. High volume dentistry.

These phrases should NEVER be associated with a dentist or dental services practice.

When a dentist is highly motivated, or corporately pressured, into getting as much money as possible out of a patient and their family, something is WRONG. Unnecessary treatments and overpriced services can result from such emphasis on the dental patient as a cash cow.

I will now list some of the patients that I have seen in my office after diagnosis and/or treatment from dubious "fast food" type dental treatment chains and corporate dental organizations.

CASE #1 -- I had a patient who was seen by a dentist who listed that she had 14 cavities in her mouth. She recently received dental insurance through her employer and hadn't been to the dentist for a couple of years. She desired a second opinion and I informed her that she had no cavities.

CASE #2 -- I had a patient come into our office who had lost a front tooth and had an implant placed by a dentist in a local corporate dental office in Peoria. The implant was improperly placed too far forward and was not in the proper position for the crown to look good aesthetically. She did not want to go back to that office again or remove the implant and place a new one in the proper position. I made a crown to look as good as possible for this patient.

CASE #3 -- I recently saw a young lady that was told that she needed all her teeth removed and needed full dentures. This lady needed about 5 fillings, one crown, and one or possibly two teeth removed. This was a lot better than full mouth dentures.

2ND OPINIONS -- I have had a few patients request second opinions on the treatment plans that they were presented at the corporate dental office. In the patients that I examined, the treatment was often not necessary and excessive.

Several patients had treatment plans costing over $4,000.00 and it would usually be about $1,500.00 or less in our office. I have had patients told that they needed several crowns on their teeth, when upon my examination the teeth were asymptomatic -- and did NOR need crowns or fillings replaced.


I believe some people go to these corporate dental offices because of all the advertising that they see in the media.

I have talked to a few specialists about the referrals they receive from these corporate dental organizations.

The specialists state that they usually see the patient after something had gone terribly wrong with the treatment. In some cases, these disasters are difficult or IMPOSSIBLE TO REMEDY.

Most of the patients should have been referred much sooner.

Often these patients have used up any dental benefits before being referred to the specialist.

I know every business needs to make a profit, but I see too many patients dental health compromised for the profit of these corporate dental organizations. I think our American Dental Association needs to address these abuses and support the dentists that have the interest of the patient's health first.