Category Archives: Dental News

Changes for denti-cal dentists in riverside ca . Elimination of 4 bitewing xrays on children under the age of 10.

According to the new manual of criteria from denti-cal, 4 bitewing check up xrays on children under the age of 10 will no longer be covered.  They will only allow 2 xrays.  This is not good because it will make it more difficult to detect cavities on children under the age of 10.  This change took effect June 1st 2014.  Now your child will only be allowed 2 bitewing check up xrays when coming to get their teeth cleaned.  It is a set back for children under the age of 10 years old.  However, children can help prevent cavities but continuing to brush and floss regularly after every meal.  If your child is over 10 years old they will still allow 4 bitewing checkup xrays.  If you have questions about the denti-cal program for children in the Riverside CA area, you can call us at 951-687-8700.  This article is more useful information for denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA but it can be useful information for denti-cal patients as well.  Denti-cal is California’s verision of Medicaid.  Often times if the patient has IEHP, molina, or medi-cal then they also have denti-cal.

California and Children Oral Health Report Card

Oral Health Report California

According to Childrennow.org, California is doing a poor job at helping children get oral health.  Although the report card is from earlier this year, most of the article still applies to today.

“By kindergarten, over 50% of children in California have already experienced dental decay and 28% have untreated decay. Children who reported having recent tooth pain were 4 times more likely to have a low grade point average.”  What this points out obviously is it is important for your kids to get dental care as it may cause poor performance in school.

“Thirteen rural counties do not have any dentists listed as a Medi-cal provider.”  Luckily for us, Riverside County is not one of those counties.  However there are still many kids in Riverside county who have not received dental care.

Unfortunately, too few children receive basic oral health care. Approximately 20% of California children under the age of 12 have never been to the dentist.  But let me add to this that it is never too late to bring your kid in.  If you are int the Riverside CA area and need a dentist give us a call (951) 687-8700.  Help us help improve the oral health report California.  (Image courtesy of childrennow.org)

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Emergency Dentist Riverside, CA

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Did you know that we have been providing emergency dental procedures for over 12 years to the Riverside, CA area?  Maybe you have a real bad toothache?  Maybe you chipped a front tooth?  Got a broken denture?  We can help you fix all these issues.  Emergencies are generally seen immediately.  If you call after hours you will hear a answering service.  It is important to leave a message as it will page the doctor and or staff and they can get a hold of you.

If you need a emergency dentist Riverside, CA give us a call at 951-687-8700.

If you are looking for an emergency dentist Riverside, CA and it is after hours.  Still give us a call at 951-687-8700 and leave a message to page the doctor and or staff.  After hour visits generally will incur an extra fee to call the dentist and staff out to the office.  The dentist lives in Riverside, CA and is available Saturday and Sundays for an additional fee.

(photo courtesy of ADA american dental association).

FDA updates to teething babies and numbing gels

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Teething baby or Teething Babies

Updates from the FDA in regards to teething babies and numbing gels.

If your baby is teething don’t use any numbing gels (eg orajel, benzocaine, anbesol).  I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of anyone doing it, but apparently it has happened otherwise the FDA wouldn’t put the warning out.  If your baby is teething don’t use numbing gels on their gums as it can be dangerous for them.  According to the FDA website it can cause “methemoglobinemia” where the oxygen in the blood stream is greatly reduced.

Symptoms and signs include: pale, gray, or blue colored skin or lips, shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion, headache, feeling light headed, and or rapid heart rate.

If you put numbing gel on your baby’s gums and they have any of those symptoms contact emergency services immediately.

To aid in teething they recommend using a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator or to rub the child’s gums with your finger.

If you have questions and if you live in the Riverside CA, corona, moreno valley or surrounding areas, give us a call at (951) 687-8700.

Photo courtesy of FDA.  Link to update from FDA website.

Additional updates to Medi-cal Denti-cal for adults

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Additional updates to Medi-cal, Denti-cal, and immediate dentures for adult patients.

Beginning June 1st, 2014 denti-cal will begin covering immediate dentures without authorization.  That is, if you have had teeth pulled on the same arch within the last 6 months, you can get a full upper denture or full lower denture with out prior authorization.   If your current teeth prevent you from chewing or masticating properly and is adversely effecting your health, you can get a denture made without prior authorization from denti-cal.  If your teeth are loose and wobbly, maybe you are a good candidate for dentures.

If you currently have full dentures, then you must still apply for a new set of dentures through denti-cal.  Denti-cal currently covers a new set of dentures if your current set is over 5 years old and is no longer serviceable.

If you are in the Riverside CA area or any of the surrounding cities including Corona, Moreno Valley, Perris, San Bernadino and are having difficulty eating or chewing, maybe you are a candidate for dentures.  Give us a call at (951) 687-8700 to inquire.   Peter Mani, DDS currently accepts medi-cal / denti-cal and is accepting new patients.

Medi-Cal Denti-Cal restoration of some adult dental services

Denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA can now offer more services to adult patients.

In case you did not hear, Medical / Dentical and even IEHP has reinstated some adult services.

Back on May 1st, 2014, some of the services that have been reinstated.  Denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA and throughout the state can now offer procedures including Exams, xrays, cleanings, fluoride treatments , fillings , root canals on front teeth, full dentures (not partial dentures) , full denture relines (not partial dentures), and extractions.

That is great news for those of you who recall when adult services were taken away in 2009.  Although it is not a full reinstatement of procedures, it is better than nothing right?

We have been treating denti-cal / medi-cal patients in the Riverside CA area for almost a decade.  If you are in the Riverside area including Corona, San Bernadino, Moreno Valley, or Perris and you have denti-cal, give us a call and we would be glad to help explain in more detail.  Our office phone is (951)687-8700 or you can call denti-cal directly at (800) 322-6384.  We are proud to be one of few denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA.

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(logo courtesy of medi-cal)

Getting your teeth cleaned can help reduce heart risks

According to this article from USA Today, getting your teeth cleaned regularly can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.  So if you haven’t been getting your teeth cleaned regularly, you might want to consider.  It is never too late to start.

About Peter Mani, DDS : Peter Mani is a general dentist from Riverside, CA who has been practicing for over 12 years.  If you would like to inquire more or discuss about teeth cleanings and the link to heart disease or stroke, give us a call at 951-687-8700.

Good dental health may help athletes succeed

 

having healthy teeth may help an athlete's success
having healthy teeth may help an athlete’s success

According to this article from BBC news, having healthy teeth may actually help athletes perform better.   It definitely makes sense.  If a athlete is having tooth pain, it will cause them to have worse performance.  The article states especially if the athlete can not rest fully due to tooth pain.

The study was done and published in the British journal of sports medicine.  If you are a athlete and want to take your game to the next level, you better brush your teeth.

Infants, toddlers, and children’s dentistry and baby teeth

Many children aged 0 – 5 end up having cavities because they often do not receive dental care.  Many parents do not know that you can bring your child in to see their dentist when they are even under 1 year old.  Some even recommend to bring in your child when their first tooth errupts which is usually around 6 months old.

According to this article from First 5 LA doing simple things like wiping your infant’s gums can help your infant get used to the process so that way when their teeth come in they will be used to getting their teeth brushed.  A quote from the article “Parents/caretakers who wait to take their children for their first dental visit at age 3 are more likely to require extensive and costly treatment,”.   We often come across parents who tell us their kid doesn’t like to have their teeth brushed, so doing simple things can help them get used to the process.  The best thing to do is bring them in to see a dentist to make sure they get the best dental care as possible.