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Dentist & Dental FAQs: Toothpaste, Billing Disputes, Dental Fees, Treatment Options

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Which brand of toothpaste is best? My grandmother says baking soda is best?

The kind of toothpaste that you choose to use is fairly insignificant. It is the process of mechanically removing food particles off the surface of the teeth that is most important.

Allowing food particles to remain on the surface of your teeth is what allows the process of tooth decay to begin. What's good about commercial toothpaste is that most of them contain a mild abrasive which helps remove plaque.

Grandmother's idea is absolutely correct! In fact mixing your baking soda with a three percent solution of hydrogen peroxide before brushing could help you maintain excellent dental health for your entire life.

Before you get over the fact that it doesn't taste as good as a hot fudge sundae, the benefits begin. Not only is the baking soda a mild abrasive, the sodium bicarbonate will neutralize the acids that cause cavities. Additionally, the sodium will also reduce periodontal inflammation improving the health of your gums. The three percent hydrogen peroxide solution will penetrate the gums killing the bacteria that lead to gum disease.

How do I resolve a dental billing dispute or complaints?

Even in the best dentist-patient relationship, a problem may occur. First, discuss any concerns you have with your dentist. Many times this will help clear up the matter. If you are still not pleased, contact your state or local dental association.

Local dental societies have established a dispute resolution system called peer review to help resolve the occasional disagreement about dental treatment. Peer review provides an impartial and easily accessible means for resolving misunderstandings regarding the appropriateness or quality of care, and in certain instances, about the fees charged for dental treatment.

A peer review committee will attempt to mediate the problem. They may meet to discuss the case and may examine clinical records, talk to the dentist and patient and, when indicated, arrange for a clinical examination.

Should I shop around to compare dental fees?

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