Coronavirus – Facts or Fear

Let me begin by saying I am not an infectious disease specialist. I am particularly motivated by my job as a dentist to be properly informed about this particular disease. I also realize that hype sells and we are in a world where boring doesn't make money. That being said, no infectious disease is to be laughed at. After all,... read more »

Kids, Fear and the 1st Visit to the Dentist …

Fear at the dental office is a learned behavior. We encourage parents coming to their re-care (cleaning, checkup) appointments to bring in their little one as early as possible. This usually means, the child sits in their chair in the corner or on the parents lap and observes. In most cases for a 1-2 year old, by the end of... read more »

Cavities do run in the family … but

We often get the question from patients: "Why am I getting cavities now?" This usually comes from patients who have not had cavities in the past or for a while and brushes and flosses teeth daily. The assumption across our patient population seems to be that this is an "either, or" situation. Unfortunately it is not that simple. Studies have... read more »

To Floss or Not to Floss … that is not the question.

There has been a lot in the news lately about the need to floss, or not. For those of you who like to know "the bottom line", we recommend you floss. If you are not flossing, start. If you are, continue. If you are not flossing because you choose not to, well, we're still living in America, the land of... read more »

Teeth Bleaching vs Whitening

Another satisfied teeth bleaching customer! What's bleaching you ask? Bleaching is the removal of stain from outside and inside of the teeth. It's similar to bleaching your clothes. Bleaching can only be done at your dental office. Whitening, which is the removal of outside stains from your teeth, can be done with most over the counter whitening products. We encourage... read more »

Alternatives to Xrays for Cavity Detection!

Nobody likes to get dental x-rays. But the cost of not having them outweighs the risk or root canals or losing the tooth. To show up on a dental x-ray, your tooth needs to lose 30% of it's structure. That's already a medium to large cavity which is getting dangerously close to the nerve. There are better ways! We have... read more »

Insurance Transparency Would Benefit Patients Most

This piece was picked up by the Middletown Press. The unedited content is below. The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) has done well to be inclusive of non-insured citizens as it transforms the healthcare landscape. There is a lot of good that has happened. There have also been some significant shortcomings that need to be addressed. While taking on... read more »

How much is a smile worth?

"Service with a smile", "Smile ... say cheese" - you've heard these sayings many times but where do they come from? Why are they so ingrained in our culture that we consider them normal communication but rarely think about what they actually mean. If you want to understand the importance of your smile, try communicating with a newborn or an... read more »

What’s your Risk Assessment?

Risk assessments in dentistry? What's that all about? Great question! You know that feeling you get when you walk into a place of business and go through the routine? It could be any business really but the feeling is unmistakable: "I'm going through the system." Well, the way healthcare is going these days, that is likely to become more common.... read more »

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Here at Apollonia Dental, we endeavor to use our new blog as a regular means for publishing valuable content for our community through monthly blog posts. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we’re able to further explore some of the most important topics pertaining to our industry and area of expertise here on our website through these articles. Each... read more »