New Year, New Insurance? No Stress!

New Year, New Insurance? No Stress!

The beginning of a new year brings an array of changes. From wondering how the last year flew by to deciding on new resolutions, there is a lot that seems to happen during the annual transition. At Dr. Drew and Crew, we understand all the changes that come with a new year — including new insurance. We keep our process simple so you don’t have to stress about updating information with us.

Updating Your Insurance Information

If either you or your employer has changed insurance carriers for the year, all we need is your new insurance carrier’s information or your newly issued card. We realize not all insurance companies issue cards. No problem. If you did not receive a new card, we’ll be able to find your information through the insurance company’s website by using your Social Security Number.

That’s it! No stress at all.

At the time of your next appointment, our team will do the rest. If you have any questions regarding this process or any concerns, our crew is happy to discuss those items with you.

We want to wish all of our patients a wonderful new year! We look forward to seeing you throughout the year to help you achieve your dental resolutions. Whether you’re looking to straighten your teeth, achieve a whiter smile, or increase your oral health, we’re here to help. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!

 

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520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
479-242-373

May Your Smiles be Merry and White!

May Your Smiles be Merry and White!

‘Tis the season for Christmas music, decorations, the hopes of snow days, and holiday cheer. With the cool start to December, the holiday celebrations are in full swing! With plenty of upcoming opportunities for smiles and laughter, Dr. Drew and Crew is wishing you a very happy holiday season. We know there’s a lot of pressure to fill the stockings and place gifts under the tree, so we’re here to help with some gift ideas that help maintain those pearly whites!

 

Give the gift of healthy smiles

From enjoying the holidays with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors, there’s a lot to be grateful for during this time of year. Are you grateful for your healthy smile? Having strong teeth allow you to enjoy your favorite holiday meals, continually talk to loved ones, and smile in all the upcoming family pictures! Whether your teeth are in tip-top shape, or need a little bit of love and care, giving the gift of a healthy smile (for someone else OR yourself!) can help improve overall oral care.

The holidays come with countless baked goods and sugary candy, and as much as we love them, they’re not always the best for our teeth. Below is our list of stocking stuffers that can help keep your teeth merry and white this holiday season!

 

Stocking Stuffers

  1. A new toothbrush
  2. Whitening toothpaste
  3. Flavored floss
  4. Mouthwash
  5. Travel toothbrush cover
  6. Sugar-free gum
  7. A little toy (instead of candy!)

From our team to you, we hope your holidays are full of happiness, love, and bright smiles all around!

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520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
479-242-3739

Oral Care for the Coffee Drinker

Oral Care for the Coffee Drinker

The alarm clock goes off. The cool, winter weather has you wishing you could press snooze for the next 30 minutes, but you convince yourself to get out of bed and get your day started. Before starting anything productive, you stumble your way to the kitchen and your muscle memory kicks in. A pot of water fills the machine, scoops of grounds top off the filter, and your morning brew is on its way to power you through the day.

Does this sound like you?

Being an avid coffee drinker has its perks. The hot drink can be your best friend when it comes to waking up and staying productive (thank you, caffeine!), but what about the unfortunate downsides to drinking coffee? Specifically, what are the oral health consequences for the avid coffee drinker?

 

Tooth Discoloration

One of the most prominent downsides of consistent coffee consumption is stained or discolored teeth. Coffee impacts the color of teeth through an ingredient called tannin. Tannins are a type of polyphenol that breaks down in water. It is also a part of other beverages like wine and tea. Stains occur when tannin builds up on tooth enamel and “stick” to your teeth, leaving behind a yellowish tint.

 

Preventing Tooth Discoloration

Don’t fret! You can prevent discoloration from worsening by caring for your oral health. Simple steps such as brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, routinely using mouthwash, and flossing can help fight against additional enamel build up. Beyond those habits, switching to whitening toothpaste and/or a new toothbrush can help improve overall oral cleanliness.

 

Getting White Teeth Back

If your teeth have already seen the side effects of drinking coffee on the regular, there are clinical options that can help you restore your pearly whites! Here at Dr. Drew and Crew, we offer various teeth whitening services that can help improve the look of teeth coloration. To learn more, click here to read our blog about getting whiter teeth.

Questions about teeth discoloration or whitening? Contact us today!
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520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
479-242-3739

Halloween Treats: Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Healthy Teeth

Halloween Treats: Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Healthy Teeth

It’s almost time for elaborate costumes, festive decorations, and pillowcases full of sweet treats. Trick-or-Treating can be one of the most fun activities for kids of all ages. I mean, think about it. Traveling about in a costume and getting candy, it’s a child’s dream! But it takes special care and consideration to ensure that a sweet-tooth dream doesn’t become a dental nightmare. Yikes.

Below are suggestions on how to maintain healthy teeth amid all the sugar.

 

Go Trick-or-Treating on a Full Stomach

This is one of the biggest tips on how to prevent sugar overload the first night of receiving candy. Kids will inevitably want to have a few pieces of their favorite treat while walking around neighborhoods, but going out on an empty stomach can lead to overeating on sweets. This leads to a two-fold consequence: gooey teeth and an upset stomach. Eating a full meal before beginning trick-or-treating can help eliminate the amount of candy consumed along with the door-to-door festivities.

 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Keeping all the Halloween candy out in an open area may seem like a great decor option, but it could lead to over consumption of sugary snacks throughout the day. Passing by a festive bowl can lead to grabbing one, two… maybe five pieces of candy at a time and forgetting to clean teeth afterward. Keeping the candy bowl out of sight allows for a more controlled “sweet treat” time.

 

Brush, Brush, Brush!

Just like any other time of the year, it’s important to maintain routine brushing in the morning and evening. When it comes to consuming an increase in sugar, increasing the number of times you brush your teeth isn’t a bad idea either. Remember, quality brushing takes a minimum of two minutes. O, yeah.

Worried the extra sweets have caused extra cavities? Contact Dr. Drew and Crew to set up an appointment today.

https://drdrewandcrew.com/contact/
520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
479-242-3739

4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Night Guard

4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Night Guard

Night guards are great devices that help protect teeth from the damaging effects of grinding or clenching through the night. Guards also can help fight against gum problems (including recession) and loose teeth all while giving cushion to the muscles in the jaw. With benefits such as these, it’s important to consistently wear a night guard if suggested by a dentist and take exceptional care of it. Here are a few tips on how to keep your guard in its best shape.

Rinse

It’s great to get into the habit of rinsing your mouthguard under cool water right after you wake up. This helps remove any saliva and bacteria that accumulated on overnight.

Brush

After rinsing, gently brush your guard with a wet toothbrush and a little liquid soap (no toothpaste necessary). Doing this will help remove the plaque stuck in hard-to-rinse places and ensure that your mouthguard is being scrubbed clean.

Air Dry

This tip is vital for maintaining good hygiene. After cleaning off your guard, leave it to air dry completely in a clean area. Placing a wet or damp guard back into a case can promote bacterial and mold growth, which can undo all the cleaning steps you did that morning.

Store

Just as it is important to keep your guard clean, the same goes for your case. You don’t want to store your guard in a case that is damp, dirty, or old. Be sure to use the case given to you by your dentist or orthodontist and aim to clean out the case in warm water once a week to prevent bacterial build-up.

Taking care of your night guard is just one of the many ways that you can help improve and maintain your oral health. Here at Dr. Drew and Crew, our services include creating a customized night guard to best protect your teeth and dental needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

https://drdrewandcrew.com/contact/
520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
479-242-3739