DO YOU HAVE NEW DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE?

We’re happy for you, and chances are that Dr. Koshki is an in-network provider of your new plan! We need to know what your new plan is BEFORE you come in for your next visit. Why? We are happy to have quick and accurate answers for you about your out of pocket expenses, and the only way we can provide this information is by calling your insurance company.

Do you know that it can take 30 – 60 minutes to obtain this information? It’s True! When you find out that you have new coverage, either call or email our Office Manager, Vicki. She will happily have all your insurance detail ready to go for your next visit!

Working with insurance…..we love how it helps defray the cost of dentistry for our patients, but it CAN be a headache! Thank you for helping us to better serve you.

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How Inflammation Affects Our Health

You may have noticed a recent proliferation of information regarding the “evils” of inflammation in the media. Is this something you should be concerned with in your busy life? The answer is an unmitigated YES! Be very concerned.

inflammationTo make it a bit easier to understand, inflammation is our body’s response to agents that cause damage. Among these agents, consider:  Atmospheric toxins, stress, diet and exercise deficiencies, smoking and alcohol habits, other drug or chemical dependencies among those most damaging to our well being.  Inflammation then can be expressed clearly as disease or ill health. Among these, consider:

  • Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

We’ve known for many years that inflammation anywhere in the body, including the gums, results in increased levels of certain hormones and inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. Several studies suggest that these hormones and inflammatory molecules trigger contractions in the uterine wall, leading to premature birth. Premature birth, particularly at a low birth weight, presents a number of other problems for mother and child.

It is important to have regular dental cleanings (every six months or as prescribed by the dentist) to remove risk factors and avoid health complications such as Oral Cancer.

Dr. Koshki will continue to post about this vital topic – keep reading and be informed for your best health!

Don’t Get Spooked by Cavities this Halloween

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The temperature is dropping and the harvest moon is bright, so that must mean one thing – the frightening fun of Halloween is upon us again! We all have fond memories of the chills and thrills of carving pumpkins dressing up as kids, and of course, coming home from a night of trick-or-treating with a bag that’s filled to the brim with candies and sweets of all shapes and sizes.

As adults, we certainly haven’t outgrown the fun of Halloween, but we are certainly concerned about all the sugar that comes from trick-or-treat candy – particularly the effect it can have on one’s teeth. That’s why our team at the office of Dr. Moeiz Koshki, DDS is happy to provide our patients and friends with some alternatives to Halloween candy that keeps the seasonal scares fun and healthy:

  • Freeze-Dried Fruit Packs – Kids may be skeptical of fruit for Halloween, but once they taste the natural sweetness of crisp dried apples, cherries, bananas or mangoes, they’ll never miss the common artificial versions from major candy distributors.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Lightly-salted pumpkin seeds add a fun seasonal flair to the trick-or-treat snacks that kids will love. Your little monsters will never need to know they’re getting a major dose of important nutrients like magnesium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Trail Mix – For young chocoholics, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a Halloween staple, but with individual packs of trail mix – often including peanuts, chocolate pieces, as well as other assorted fruits and nuts – you can show trick-or-treaters that organic, whole food options can be just as flavorful, without that sugar crash that comes afterwards.
  • Packets of Cocoa Mix – Once Halloween is over, it won’t be long until the days turn cold, making hot cocoa the perfect option to get through the chilly November nights.
  • Non-Edibles – Small novelty toys, spooky temporary tattoos, pennies, crayons or coloring books can all offer plenty of fun that can last far longer than any sweet ever would.

As a grown-up, you can enjoy the eerie, silly fun of Halloween, while still looking out for the health and welfare of your kids and those of your neighbors – and remember – once the night is over, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moeiz Koshki to keep your family’s teeth bright and healthy!

AMAZING BENEFITS OF CLOROPHYLL

green-happychlorophyllYou may have heard a lot of buzz surrounding the healthiness of vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables with deep, rich color tones. In many ways, they’re perfect foods and part of the credit is owed to the chlorophyll they contain. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that’s instrumental in photosynthesis. Research also suggests it’s instrumental in promoting good health. The following 10 benefits demonstrate its amazing versatility and power.

Helps Control Hunger and Cravings
Controls Body Odor
Encourages Healing
Promotes Cleansing
Protects DNA Against Fried Foods
Super Potent Antioxidant Action
Promising Potential As Anti – Cancer Agent
Effective Against Candida albicans
Relieves Systemic Redness and Swelling
Promotes Healthy Iron Levels

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I Frequently Have A Dry Mouth. What can I do to relieve this problem?

dry-mouthThe best way to treat dry mouth — known medically as xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh) — depends on what’s causing it. You can do some things to relieve dry mouth temporarily. But for the best long-term dry mouth remedy, you need to address its cause.

To relieve your dry mouth:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva. For some people, xylitol, which is often found in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.
  • Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier.
  • Don’t use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying.
  • Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Sip water regularly.
  • Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes — look for products containing xylitol, such as Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray, or ones containing carboxymethylcellulose (kahr-bok-see-meth-ul-SEL-u-lohs) or hydroxyethyl cellulose (hi-drok-see-ETH-ul SEL-u-lohs), such as Biotene Oral Balance.
  • Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth — especially one that contains xylitol, such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse or PerioSciences products for Dry Mouth.
  • Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse.
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
  • Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.

Saliva is important to maintain the health of your teeth and mouth. If you frequently have a dry mouth, taking these steps to protect your oral health may also help your condition:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic foods and candies because they increase the risk of tooth decay.
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Ask your dentist if you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use a fluoride rinse or brush-on fluoride gel before bedtime.
  • Visit Dr. Koshki at least twice yearly to detect and treat tooth decay or other dental problems.

If these steps don’t improve your dry mouth, talk to your doctor or dentist. The cause could be a medication or another condition. Medications are one of the most common causes of dry mouth. Long-term relief from your dry mouth may mean stopping or changing your medication or its dosage, or addressing underlying health issues.

WHY IS DR. KOSHKI RECOMMENDING IMPLANTS TO ME?

WHY IS DR. KOSHKI RECOMMENDING IMPLANTS TO ME?
(I am fine with a removable partial or full denture.)

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The advantages and disadvantages of complete dentures, removable partial dentures, and fixed partial dentures (bridges) are well well-documented.  The most widely accepted advantage of complete or partial dentures is cost effectiveness.  While the disadvantages include (but are not limited to):

  1. Poor retention and stability.
  2. Aesthetic limitations.
  3. Speech difficulty.
  4. Poor facial and lip support.
  5. Premature aging.
  6. Accelerated bone loss.
  7. Avoidable damage to otherwise healthy adjacent teeth.
  8. Difficulty with cleaning and home care.
  9. Substantially limited chewing efficiency compared to natural teeth.

Only tooth replacement therapy with implant (s) can essentially nullify all of the aforementioned disadvantages, resulting in predictable and beautiful tooth restorations.

Dr. Koshki is happy to offer a no-obligation consultation to discuss how implants can provide the ultimate in tooth restoration.

Waterpik Aquarius Is Here!

waterpik-aquariusWe are excited to announce that the Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser is now available for purchase at our office! This is the very latest technology from Waterpik and this unique device is loaded with features to help take your teeth cleaning and gum care to a whole new level. Think you know Waterpik? Well things have changed for the better with a hand held control over water flow, 7 tips for customized care, and more. Several important studies at USC prove that the Waterpik is effective in keeping biofilm off of our teeth at the gumline and even in between the teeth!

We have a price well below retail in addition to a $15 rebate. Give us a call for more information, or ask to see this important dental tool at your next visit.