On December 6th, Dr. Alrez and the team worked with Give Kids a Smile, an organization that helps get free dental treatment for children who otherwise not have access to dental care. For more information about this wonderful organization visit their website or Facebook profile.
At Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, Dr. Alrez and a number of other doctors provided 36 children ages 5-18 with $14,095 in care, free of charge.
As always, the team was more than happy to do anything in its power to promote proper dental health and we look forward to working with GKAS again in the future. We believe that every child deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!
In 2013, Alrez Family Dentistry participated in MOM-n-PA, a free dental clinic held in the Liacouras Center at Temple University. At this clinic, we provided free dental care to patients without access to dental insurance. The 249 dentists and 1,000 volunteers present saw 1,820 patients and provided over $85,000 in free dental services. Dr. Alrez was overjoyed to work with such a wonderful organization.
Here are some photos from the event!
VELscope Lesion Detection
This is our portable oral cancer screening device. With the aid of the VELscope device, we are beginning to incorporate oral cancer screening into routine dental exams. Although we’ve always checked for lesions during these exams, oral cancer is typically at stage 3 or 4 by the time such lesions are visible to the eye. We are determined to catch the cancer before this point to give our patients the best shot at treatment. Today, oral cancer is becoming more prevalent due to the spread of HPV. That being said, it is important for us to help catch the disease in its early stages. Using the VELscope system, examination takes under 2 minutes and requires no rinses or stains. To learn more about VELscope devices, visit their site.
At Alrez Family Dentistry, we sell only one toothbrush — the Rotadent Contour. This is the only product that we confidently stand behind. Why?
It rotates 360 degrees, mimicking the rotation of the cleaning tools used in the office. Also, it’s bristles are made of MicroAccess filament that is roughly 1/10 the thickness of regular, nylon fiber bristles.These bristles help to combat tooth abrasion and gum recession, resulting in a healthier smile.The Rotadent Contour also cleans between teeth and and around gums more effectively than competitors. Click here for more about its dental health benefits.
To read more about the technology used in the Alrez Family Dentistry office, visit out pages for the NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System or the DEXcam 3. If you’d like to come in for a visit, use our request an appointment page.
DEXIS Software for Digital Imaging
Digital Imaging is the up and coming trend for dental professionals taking intra-oral x-rays. Patients prefer this type of imaging as well, because the results are produced faster and don’t require exposure to radiation. Film-based radiographs had to sit in chemicals for viewing, which made for a lot of sitting around and waiting. Instead, digital imaging is produced almost instantly. And with DEXIS software, we are able to depend on these crystal clear images for a better diagnosis. DEXIS is motivated by efficiency and image quality when designing these products. Each DEXIS Platinum sensor utilizes direct USB connectivity for maximum portability and the highest quality images possible. Visit the DEXIS site to learn more about digital imaging software.
DEXcam™ 3 Intra-oral Camera
Have you ever wanted a look inside your mouth — so you can see what the dental team is seeing? With the DEXcam 3, this is possible. And our patients love it. At Alrez Family Dentistry, we use it as an educational tool and to communicate more efficiently with our patients.
The camera is on a lightweight hand piece for easy use by dental professionals. It streams live video to a display monitor so that patients can understand what the dentist is referring to. By getting a better look at gums and teeth, patients are better prepared to understand their own dental health. Also, the DEXcam3 allows us to take pictures and save them into the patient’s file for future reference. In some procedures, having an intra-oral camera warrants greater insurance coverage making for an all around more affordable treatment. Visit the DEXIS website for more information on the DEXcam 3.
NOMAD Pro by Aribex
Recently, Dr. Alrez and the team updated the dental tool arsenal by purchasing the only FDA-approved handheld radiation device on the market. This device is portable and weighs less than 5 pounds, so it is very convenient for use around the office. It can be especially helpful when taking x-rays of our younger patients’ teeth. It even allows for use in multiple rooms of the office. The NOMAD Pro has clearer images, long battery life, and makes the entire x-ray process much shorter. It truly is the most advanced in the industry, and it makes our jobs a bit easier. For more information on the NOMAD Pro, visit the Aribex website.
This is just one way that Alrez Family Dentistry is working to stay on top of the latest breaks in the dental industry. We’ve also installed a DEXcam for education and insurance purposes. Visit our appointment page and schedule your next visit.
At Alrez Family Dentistry, we want to make sure you get the most out of your dental benefits so you get the best treatment possible. In order for you take advantage of all unused benefits, we’ve come up with 5 reasons you should maximize your dental benefits.
- Yearly Maximum
Your dental insurance company allots you a yearly maximum to pay for all of your dental work within the year. If you have unused benefits at the end of the year, they will not rollover. Be sure to use all of your benefits while you can.
The deductible is the amount of money you must pay out of pocket before your insurance company will begin paying for your dental work. When your plan rolls over, your deductible starts again. It may not pay off to push back dental procedures.
Even if you don’t need dental treatment, you should still schedule regular cleanings to use your benefits. You’re already paying your premium each month and these cleanings can prevent gum disease , cavities, and oral cancer.
4. Dental Health
If you delay dental treatment, your problems could worsen. By putting off your trip to the dentist, you could be risking more expensive and extensive procedures.
5. Flexible Spending
If you don’t use your flexible spending balance by the end of the year, that money is gone. Don’t let it go to waste while you’re in need of dental treatment or cleaning.
Check out These Tips on How to Make your Valentine’s Day the Best it Can Be
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means you will want to look your best for your date, whether your significant other is your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, or spouse. Since your smile is one of the first things your special someone will notice, it makes sense to want it to look as good as possible. Not only will you want to have your own smile to be its whitest, brightest, and aesthetically pleasing, but when giving a gift to your loved one for Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to be sure that you give gifts that aren’t going to cause them more dental problems, like sugary sweets!
Candy and Valentine’s Day
Candy and Valentine’s Day seem to be synonymous, making it a challenge to choose candies that aren’t filled with sugar. But some types of candies are worse than other — for your teeth and your health. So if you still want to get your sweetheart sweets, be smart about it. The type of candy to avoid is anything sour, sticky, and sweet. Sour candy can be especially detrimental because the acid can eat away at teeth enamel. Instead, as long as your significant other isn’t diabetic, turn to chocolate and softer sweets like peanut butter cups or soft chocolate pieces for this occasional indulgence for Valentine’s Day.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If you are looking to improve your smile before Valentine’s Day, it’s time to put your plan in motion. For a last minute smile improvement, the best choice is teeth whitening. There are various types of whitening options, some of which are done in just an hour. And most new whitening methods don’t cause sensitivity, which means the teeth whitening can be done right before Valentine’s Day. If you have about a month or more before your special Valentine’s Day celebration, consider getting veneers to perfect your smile.
Tips for a Better Smile
There are also some general tips that help keep your smile looking beautiful for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Besides following regular dental care daily, you should also be careful how much sugar you eat and drink, as it can cause discoloration of the teeth and add to tooth decay. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water is always better for your teeth.
Tips for Sweeter Smelling Breath
If you are concerned about bad breath — and fresh breath is a priority on Valentine’s Day — use mouthwash daily with fluoride. Brushing your tongue and flossing at least once a day also helps to keep your breath sweet smelling. Be sure to see your dentist regularly, because gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease can contribute to bad breath.