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5 Ways to Use Your 2023 Dental Insurance Benefits Before They’re Gone

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 7:07 pm
computer monitor that says dental insurance benefits

Did you know that your dental insurance benefits are about to reset without rolling over? It’s the same whether you have $50 left on your annual maximum or $500—any money you don’t spend before January 1st 2024 will go straight back to your insurance provider. Instead of being part of the group of Americans that will lose a collective 100 billion dollars in benefits this year, there is still time to take advantage of your coverage before 2024 rolls around, and here are five of the most effective ways.


How to Take Your Dental Hygiene to the Next Level Just in Time for Halloween

October 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:33 pm
three young children dressed up for Halloween

Dentists are very clever. With Halloween just around the corner, they’ve designated October as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time that invites everyone to take a fresh look at how they are caring for their teeth and make small changes that can lead to big improvements. Before you and your family enjoy a tsunami of candy in the coming weeks, you can make sure your smile stays bright and healthy thanks to these often-overlooked tips.


Your Risk of Gum Disease Gets Worse Over Time–Here’s Why

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 11:34 am
older man in robe brushing teeth

The body changes a lot as the years go by, and this includes the parts that make up your smile. While consistent brushing, flossing, and dental visits will serve you well no matter your age, the undisputed fact shown by extensive research is that as we get older, our risk of gum disease grows just like the number of candles on our birthday cakes. Why does this happen, and more importantly, what can you do to keep yourself healthy this year, next year, and for many to come?


Keep Your Student in Class & Cavity-Free with These 3 Dental Tips

August 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:34 pm
smiling female student with binder

Every year, thousands of students miss countless hours of school because of avoidable dental problems like cavities and broken/knocked-out teeth. For kids dealing with these issues, they risk getting behind in class, and parents have to juggle work and scheduling last-minute dental appointments, so it’s a situation every family wants to avoid. Thankfully, with a few simple dental tips, you can dramatically lower the chance that your child will experience a dental emergency that can throw off everyone’s schedules.


A Walkthrough of What It’s Like to Get a Dental Crown  

July 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 9:30 pm
3D illustration of a dental crown

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile treatments in all of dentistry as they can be used to repair cavities, reinforce teeth with large fillings, prevent a cracked tooth from breaking, or even improve the shape of the enamel to create a more uniform and attractive smile. Whether you believe you need a dental crown or have already scheduled a visit to your dentist to get one, you’re probably wondering, “What will happen during my appointment?” More certainty is always nice, so keep reading to see exactly what you can expect when getting this treatment.


Summer is the Best Time to Start Getting Dental Implants—Here’s Why

June 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:54 pm
woman relaxing with drink on the beach

Out of all the places you could go this summer, the absolute last one you’ve probably considered is the dentist. But if you’re struggling with missing teeth or an ill-fitting denture or bridge, a visit might just be the best thing you do all season. Why? You can start the process of renewing your smile and closing the gaps with dental implants, and there are several advantages to doing this during the summer versus other times of the year.


Why Veneers Are the Best Summer Hack

May 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 6:36 pm
young woman wearing a hat smiling at the  beach

And just like that, it’s already summer! Are you looking forward to spending some quality time on the beach in the coming months? While relaxing with the gentle waves in the background sounds perfect after a busy first half of 2023, you’re not alone if the thought of being in your bathing suit around countless strangers makes you feel a bit nervous. Thankfully, you don’t have to hit the gym or undergo some radical procedure to get the peace of mind that you look great in the sun. While there are literally thousands of “Beach Body” workout programs out there, the real way to make sure you feel confident this summer can be summed up in one word: veneers.


How Your Dentist Keeps You Safe from Oral Cancer  

April 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:42 pm
Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is a serious and often deadly disease that affects millions of people globally. Early detection and prompt treatment can have a significant impact on someone’s chances of survival, making oral cancer awareness crucial. Regular checkups with a dentist and education on risk factors and common symptoms can all help to increase awareness and save lives. That’s why April has been designated as Oral Cancer Awareness Month, because with a little knowledge, you can keep yourself protected.


How We’re Using AI To Make Your Dental Care Even Better

March 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 8:15 pm
man holding AI graphic

Artificial intelligence (AI) has garnered a lot of attention over the past few months, but it has mostly been confined to tasks like making images and creative writing. While this is all well and good, the technology has amazing potential in the world of dentistry, and it’s actually currently contributing to how we examine people at Grand Dental Studio. Our clinical team has recently started using an FDA-cleared platform that will make your visits more productive and informative at the same time, and to learn a little bit about how it works, keep reading.


4 Tips Every Parent Should Follow for Children’s Dental Health Month

February 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 6:12 pm
father and daughter brushing together

While Valentine’s Day and Black History Month usually get all of the attention in February, it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month! Conceived by the American Dental Association, it’s a time when the unique oral health needs of young smiles are highlighted, and tips are offered to growing minds and parents alike. In this spirit, here are 4 effective tips that will make your child want to brush so they avoid the most common dental problems.

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