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Signs your teeth aren’t as healthy as you think they are.

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People don’t go to the dentist for a lot of reasons. One of the main reasons is: “Nothing hurts”

Things don’t have to be hurting to have a problem. Diabetes doesn’t hurt until you pass out from a diabetic coma. High blood pressure doesn’t hurt until you have the heart attack.

Signs of Dental Problems

Here are some things to look out for that may be telling you “There’s a problem”

  • Your breath smells all the time. No matter how much your floss, brush, eat mints, use mouthwash…if you or someone close to you thinks that your breath has a funny smell, get thee to a dentist!
  • You get things caught in between your teeth. ...

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How much has your dental insurance increased your yearly benefits in the past 20 years? ZERO! NONE!

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When I started practicing 20 years ago, the maximum yearly benefit allowed by even the best dental insurance companies was about 1000-1500$. Fillings were about 85-100$. Cleanings were about 45-50$ and crowns were 650$. 

As time goes on, services and things, in general, get more expensive. Never cheaper right?  Crowns are now north of 900-1000+. Cleanings are 90-100$. And Fillings are 180-200+. Do yo know how much your dental insurance has increased your yearly benefits in the past 20 years? ZERO! NONE! 
The maximum each year for dental insurances is still 1000-1500. And you know how long it’s been like that?  Way before I started practicing. In the ’70s and 80’s it was ...

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Dental insurance is notoriously limited!

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Both in the amount that they will cover and in what they will pay out for. Leaving you, the patient, with co-pays that are unnecessary. 

But what if your MEDICAL insurance would actually pay something?  

Wouldn’t that be great?  They have no yearly maximums, fewer frequency limitations and sometimes, your deductible isn’t even a factor!

Can this be true?

Absolutely.  Legally and ethically this is all doable. 

If you’ve had mouth issues due to accidents or trauma medical insurance can possibly kick in. If you have mouth issues due to medical conditions, medications, medical procedures, smoking...medical insurance can kick in. We know how to access all those benefits for you so ...

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No one likes dental emergencies!

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No one likes emergencies. Everyone likes to be able to plan their life and their finances around some sort of predictable schedule. Emergencies throw everything into disarray and regular life gets put on hold and that money that you were saving up for that certain something?  Yep. Even that’s put on hold bc of the unexpected expense. According to current surveys, dental emergencies rank #3 in the worst and most expensive emergencies people can experience. Right behind general health emergencies and auto emergencies. 

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can definitely be painful. But they don’t have to put your life on hold AND they shouldn’t break your budget.  At my ...

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2 Ways Preventive Care Protects Your Oral Health

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Preventive care is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful smile! Your home care routine combined with consistent visits to your dentist every six months gives your smile the attention it needs to last a lifetime.

Here are some other ways preventive care benefits you.

#1: Preventive Care Protects Your Overall Health

Are you aware of the direct connection your oral health has to your overall health and well-being? Studies have shown that the same bacteria that contribute to periodontal (gum) disease also adds to health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke pregnancy complications, and vice versa. This is because bacteria can enter into the bloodstream and travel ...

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Need a Second Opinion? We're Here for You!

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Have you been told that you need dental treatment that you feel unsure about? When you are selecting the dental treatment that is right for your needs, you should feel completely comfortable and confident about it. If you don’t, you should follow your gut feeling and seek a second opinion.

Complimentary Second Opinions

If you are considering dental treatment and you’d like a second opinion in Glendale, CA, we encourage you to contact Dr. Lucio Kim. At our dental practice, Dr. Kim focuses on educating patients about their oral health so they can make excellent decisions about the dental care that is right for their unique needs.

Every patient has different goals ...

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How to Avoid a Dental Emergency

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Although we can’t always prevent accidents, it’s worth thinking about how you can avoid a dental emergency. Knowing where you can get emergency dentistry in Glendale, CA, is a good idea, too. But how can you prepare not to have a dental emergency?

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy and lower your chances of a dental emergency. Remember, any accident involving your face, jaw, or mouth could lead to broken or misaligned teeth or malocclusion (when the lower and upper jaws don’t align properly). It’s important to call your dentist right away any time you have a concern.

Watch What You Eat

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