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Dentists…Beware of Chargebacks and Friendly Fraud

Dentist visits often fill consumers with anxiety: What procedures will I need done? Will it hurt? Is it going to be expensive?

They hand over their credit card, anxious about their pressing dental needs and the potentially high bill they will receive. For some consumers, however, their mounting debt becomes overwhelming and they start to look for a way to alleviate some of the financial pressure they’re facing.

One method of dealing with financial stress is to use the credit card system against itself through the use of chargebacks. Read More

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4 More Dental Advancements You Need to Hear About

We recently published a piece on the top three dental advancements but felt like we were leaving some very significant innovations out. Also, as a dental site, we do want to make sure you take care of your teeth because dental health is far more relevant to your overall health than you realize. That said, here are 4 more dental advancements you need to hear about!

Better Tooth Preservation Thanks to Thinner Veneers

Previously, veneers required some rather extensive preparation. Dentist had to shape and scrape your actual teeth in order to prepare them for the protective coating known as a veneer. Given the thickness the shaping and scraping had to accommodate, some damage could be done to your actual teeth. Read More

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Top Three Dental Advancements

Going to the dentist is probably not on the top of your bucket list. No doubt it’s probably not even on your to-do list. Who wants to go to the dentist? However, given the multitude of advancements in dental procedures you might find yourself a more willing candidate. Ideally, you’ll make an appointment before things get too far out of hand. Unfortunately, a good number of us wait until we simply must have something done. So, for those pre-planners and those wait-until-the-pain-is-unbearable people, here are some of the newest dental procedures available for your well-being! Read More

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Scam or Legit: Do I Really Need that Dental Procedure?

Unfortunately, the practice of medical bullying runs rampant in some dental offices. Dentists rely on their perceived authority to intimidate patients. Unaware patients agree to procedures they don’t need—and often times, can’t afford.

These types of scams are both unethical and terrifying. Few of us have the medical knowledge necessary to determine when a procedure is warranted and when it isn’t.

Here is a list of the most common forms of dental scams. Stick around because we’ll also tell you how to detect, avoid, and report scams. Read More

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Why We Have to Brush Our Teeth

Have you ever wondered why it’s necessary to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis? Our ancestors (the ones far back enough, at least) never did anything to care for their teeth. Somehow, however, there’s no evidence that they suffered from tooth decay the way that we do today.

So what happened? It’s simple, really. The foods we eat today are much different than the foods we ate when were still a young species. Back then our diets contained more meats and absolutely no processed food. Read More

How Chewing on Ice Damages Teeth

Chewing on ice seems like an innocent habit, but it has the potential to cause serious harm to your teeth. There’s a good chance you’ve heard your dentist tell you not to chew on ice, but most people dismiss this recommendation. If you’re one of those people, you’re putting yourself at risk. Read More