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IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

Dennis C. Ayer, DDS, LLC Blog

Your Dental Insurance in 2020: Use It or Lose It!

September 19, 2020

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Man smiling outside after saving money with dental insuranceOut of nowhere, you’re months away from the end of the year. However, 2020 isn’t the only thing that will disappear when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Contrary to popular belief, your dental insurance benefits do not carry over into the next year, so any unused dental dollars will be completely wasted when 2021 begins. Thankfully, your dentist has provided some pro tips on how to maximize your benefits! Read on to learn more.

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The Surprising Relationship Between Your Oral & Overall Health

August 17, 2020

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Woman smiling outside after visiting the dentist in Leawood

With COVID-19 still a risk, there is a lot of uncertainty right now. However, one fact that is surer than ever is the importance of dental care. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth helps you eat, speak, and enjoy your day to day life, but your oral health can also have an impact on your overall wellbeing. Read on to learn about the significant effects that your mouth can have on the rest of your body from an experienced dentist in Leawood.

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What Is the Best Toothbrush?

July 20, 2020

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Array of different toothbrushesAccording to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This sounds simple enough until you are faced with dozens of different options of bristles, brands, colors, and specialties. What should be a five-minute trip to the store quickly becomes an afternoon extravaganza as you try to figure out which one is best for you. Fortunately, your dentist in Leawood, KS is here to share three things to consider, whether you should choose electric or manual, and what is the best toothbrush for you.

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5 Ways Your Dentist Prepares for Your Visit

June 18, 2020

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Dental hygienist at dentist in Leawood.Over the last several weeks, you’ve had to make various changes in your life to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Besides washing your hands more often and wearing a face mask, you’ll experience other changes as well, like when it is time to visit your dentist in Leawood. Although dental offices are already some of the cleanest places, your dentist has updated their safety protocols. Here are 5 ways your dentist prepares for your appointment to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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7 Tips to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners During Quarantine

May 22, 2020

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tips for taking care of aligners during a pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed many aspects of daily life, but it hasn’t changed the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, great oral hygiene can help lower your risk of getting sick by keeping your immune system strong and preventing the need to leave your house for emergency dental treatment. If you are straightening your smile with Invisalign in Leawood, it’s more essential than ever to handle your aligners with care. Here are seven practical and important tips for taking care of aligners during a pandemic.

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Your Guide to Keeping Up with Dental Hygiene Through Quarantine

April 29, 2020

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toothpaste going on toothbrush

Isn’t it crazy that a few months ago, most of us had never heard of COVID-19? Now it feels like it has taken over our lives and changed the way we do just about everything. This includes the way your dentist’s practice operates. Most dentists are following the American Dental Association’s recommendation to only treat emergency patients for the time being. This means that your regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings will have to be postponed until the quarantine is over. In the meantime, your dentist has written this handy guide on keeping up with dental hygiene through quarantine.

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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

March 6, 2020

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Woman asking dentist what constitutes a dental emergency.Believe it or not, dental emergencies occur more often than you might realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans faces an unexpected oral health issue each year. While there’s never a good time for one to occur, having a dental emergency during COVID-19 can make a difficult situation even more stressful. With many practices only open for essential services, you might be wondering what constitutes a dental emergency and if you need to call your dentist? Here’s what you need to know to get the dental care you need during COVID-19.
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Sleep Apnea Treatment from the Dentist Leawood, KS, Trusts

October 28, 2019

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Tired wife blocking her ears from noise of husband snoring

Does the sound of snoring—yours or somebody else’s—frequently wake you up during the night? That sound may be a wakeup call to a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. A person with sleep apnea experiences stoppages in their breathing numerous times. Each time can last anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute. Most often, sleep apnea is caused by your tongue or throat tissue that relax during sleep and collapse around your airway. Hence, that snoring sound as air vibrates through the narrowed opening. Dr. Dennis C. Ayer treats sleep apnea in Leawood, KS, with a customized sleep appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth to maintain an open airway.
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How Can You Get The Most From Your Dental Insurance Benefits?

October 24, 2019

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person researching their dental insuranceWhen you think of dental insurance, does fine print and thick packets of text swirl in your brain, stressing you out? When you visit your dentist’s office, they’ll help you through all the nitty-gritty details so you can get the treatment you need without having to battle it out with your provider. If your worry has been keeping you from scheduling your semi-annual appointment, you could be missing out on huge savings. Read on for five ways you can maximize your dental benefits in Leawood by scheduling your checkup and cleaning before the end of the year.    (more…)

What Happens When You Brush Your Teeth Too Hard?

September 19, 2019

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man brushing his teeth aggressively

Can there ever be too much of a good thing? When it comes to brushing your teeth, the answer is yes. It’s possible to brush your teeth with too much vigor. Doing so may result in what’s called “toothbrush abrasion,” which can cause a receding gumline and sensitive teeth. Let’s take a closer look at how you and your dentist can stop toothbrush abrasion in Leawood.

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