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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful way of feeding that is beneficial for both mom and baby. Breast milk contains antibodies, disease-fighting cells, that aid in protection against illnesses, germs, and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breast feeding has also been proven to lower the risk of various health problems including:Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Ear Infections
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Stomach Viruses
  • Childhood Leukemia
  • Asthma
  • Obesity

In moms, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.

Breastfeeding also decreases the risk of allergies as well as dental caries. The act of breastfeeding aids in the overall facial development and appropriate development of the jaw, teeth, and speech. This results in fewer speech problems and malocclusion, the misalignment of teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, complementary foods and breastfeeding until 12 months of life, and continuing for as long as mother and baby desire.

Dr. Reese, November 2012

Dr. Reese has had a great 2012 so far. He's had some new faces around the office and seen some new patients, but one thing that warms his heart are the patients he sees year after year for hygiene appointments or oral checkups. Being a practicing family dentist for over 25 years means he's watched a lot of his patients grow up, graduate, and have families of their own.

You may have heard that Dr. Reese does oral surgery, but you might not know that because Dr. Reese is so good with his hands he is often asked to teach other dentists how to do dental implants. This weekend Dr. Reese will be having a training seminar at his office and nothing thrills him more than sharing what he's learned over the last 25 years.

As Christmas-time approaches and the office starts to fill up with Christmas cards and decorations of the season, Dr. Reese would like to thank you for being a patient and to remind you to use your hard-earned insurance benefits and/or health savings account cards before the end of the year. Most insurance companies reset your benefits at the end of the calendar year. We hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you in the office.

About Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist located on the south side of Indianapolis on US 31 just north of Greenwood, Indiana. He specializes in IV sedation for phobic patients and oral surgery, but also treats TMJ, does root canals, and provides orthodontic care. If you are in need of a dental home, please consider this to be our invitation to see the difference.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes things happen that require a tooth to be replaced. It is important to your whole body health and to the health of your other teeth to replace missing teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be move and create other subsequent problems. There are many benefits to dental implants:

...Conservation of natural teeth.

Traditional dentistry has replaced a missing tooth via a ‘fixed bridge’. This involves preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns to cement or bond the bridge into place. If the adjacent teeth are broken down, and weak from large ‘fillings’ this is a reasonable option, but not when the adjacent teeth are fine. Implants allow replacement of just the missing tooth and no alteration of the adjacent teeth.

...Lower maintenance

This does not imply implants are ‘bionic’. Everything in life requires maintenance and implants are no different. Since Implants are metal, they have can not decay, they have no nerve to abscess, or become painful, and don’t interfere with adjacent teeth that could cause food entrapment. Implants do require ongoing gingival care such as periodic cleaning from the hygienist, and daily home care to avoid infection occurring around the gums.

...Security and Confidence

Especially for those who have struggled trying to live and eat with loose dentures and partials, this is the biggest benefit by far. No more irritating denture sore spots, no embarrassing slips while trying to eat or laugh, and no having to avoid difficult to chew foods in public. or struggling with speech problems associated with loose teeth.

...Restoration of a normal diet!

With the loss of natural teeth, the ability to chew effectively is diminished by as much as 80%. This is can essentially make many denture wearers a ‘dental cripple’ that not only reduces the enjoyment of eating and chewing, but also compromises the nutritional aspect of eating a proper diet.

...Conservation of gums and cheek support.

Loss of teeth is eventually accompanied by loss of gum structure and the ridges which once held the teeth in place. This eventually makes dentures less stable for chewing, more uncomfortable to keep in place, and less able to support the cheeks and lips for a normal appearance

Every need is different just as everyone's solution may vary.

Dr. Reese will be happy to discuss different options of using dental implants. Dr. Reese is uniquely qualified to not only place the implants, but to meet your needs to plan your treatment to fit into your budget and expectations!

Dental Phobia?

Are you afraid of the dentist? You're not alone! It is estimated that nearly 35 million adults are anxious about visiting and dentist and consequently, postpone their appointment. Don't let anxiety get in the way of a healthy smile! Read our testimonials from our patients. One patient was "terrified of dental work", but said we "were comforting and never once made me feel bad." Another patient who was self-described as "a severe dental phobic" said, "Dr. Reese and his staff were very understanding, supportive and genuinely concerned about my dental experiences and health." We want all of our patients to feel that way so we compiled a list of some tips to make your dental experience more comfortable and minimize nervousness: 

1. Don't be uncomfortable telling Dr. Reese or our staff that you are nervous or anxious! It may also be a good idea to arrange a signal with the dental staff (such as raising your hand) to indicate when you are uncomfortable or need them to stop. That way you are in control of your visit!

2. Try to schedule your appointment during a time when you're not in a rush or under mental/physical strain.

3. Get a good night's sleep the day before you appointment.

4. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. - Tight clothes will restrict your movement and make you uncomfortable and agitated.

5. Ask for one of Indianapolis Dentistry's pre-programmed iPods to help you relax!

6. Call our office ahead of time and ask about our multiple sedation options. Sedation Dentistry will allow you to sleep/relax through your appointment and wake up refreshed with little to no memory of your appointment.

7. Ask about Laser Dentistry! Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.

At Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care.

REMEMBER... There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Diagnostic testing, oral cancer screening, x-rays, cleanings can all go a long way to ensuring your dental health through preventative care.

Stop postponing your health! Call Indianapolis Dentistry today at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment!

Insurance Benefits: Use 'Em or Lose 'Em

Make sure you use your dental benefits before the end of the your as most dental insurance plans run on a calendar year. Most insurers give you a certain amount of money each year, if you don't use it all, you lose it. This is called a "yearly maximum" and it is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental treatment within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

It's not just your yearly maximum that matters though, you need to consider your yearly deductible, which also starts again when your plan rolls over. The deductible is the amount of money that you pay out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies based on your insurance plan.

If you have dental insurance, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any other dental services, you should always have your regular oral hygiene cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other dental problems.

Don't delay important dental treatments as dental problems tend to worsen the longer they go untreated. Many patients need treatment that could have been avoided if they had come in earlier. By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive dental treatment in the future. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later, for example.

If you have any questions about insurance, please do not hesitate to call 317-882-0228 and talk to one our staff. We are insurance friendly and would be happy to work with you to discuss what your insurance plan will cover.

The Advantages of Orthodontics

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice and remember about you? At Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese successfully utilizes orthodontics – namely braces and INVISALIGN – to straighten and perfect your pearly whites. Below are dramatic before and after photographs of one of Dr. Reese’s customized orthodontic treatments resulting in this patient’s flawless, healthy smile.

 
Before Braces

Before Braces

After Braces

After Braces

 

However, orthodontic treatment means more than simply beautiful teeth. There are numerous added benefits to braces and Invisalign:

  • Teeth are easier to brush and floss resulting in less prone to decay and disease such as gingivitis, recession, and gum disease
  • Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems
  • Misaligned teeth may produce uncharacteristic wear on tooth surfaces and chronic headaches resulting in face, neck, or jaw pain
  • Improved TMJ health
  • Protrusion of the teeth will leave the front teeth unprotected and make them more susceptible to chipping, breaking and possibly avulsion (knocking your teeth out) with mouth trauma
  • Increased self-esteem - You’re never too young to improve your life, teeth, and smile!
  • Lowers overall dental care costs for a lifetime

Even though orthodontic treatment is considered to be an elective procedure, the up front cost is minimal in comparison to the future physical, mental, social and economic benefits of the procedure! Few expenditures (new clothes, vacations, vehicles, etc.) offer such a sizable and longstanding return on your initial investment.

Bottom-line: Consider orthodontics as an indispensable part of your dental health!

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Recently, the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry has implemented laser dentistry into it's repertoire of procedures. Laser dentistry is able to provide our patients with a painless dental experience. There are several benefits to using this sort of work as opposed to other procedures such as drill and needle dentistry. Not only does it typically prevent the patient from feeling any actual pain during the course of the work, but it also makes the actual experience more pleasant for both dentist and patient. Laser dentistry also has several medical advantages. Certain procedures can be done without the later need for sutures/stitches. Also, several surgeries can be completed without the use of a local anesthesia. The laser operates through a high-energy light beam which can encourage coagulation and sterilize the specific area being localized. Aside from this, wounds are often able to heal faster and the surrounding tissue can regenerate after a laser treatment. While lasers still remain a cutting-edge technology in the dental world, Dr. Reese feels completely comfortable using the tool and does so on a daily basis. If you are frightened by the use of needles and drills during your appointment, it would definitely help relax your experience with us if you switched to laser dentistry. If you have any questions, you can learn more about the actual procedure and laser by clicking on the Laser Dentistry tab under the Phobic Dentistry section on the left side of the website. Any further question may be referred to the office or the Contact Us link on the website.