Friday, September 30, 2005

Give Back a Smile program

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Meet Yasmine after enduring four years of physical, mental and verbal abuse, she decided to get herself away from her husband who battered her. The picture to the left is how she looked when she entered a Battered Woman's shelter, where she not only battled the shame of the abuse, but the shame that her chipped teeth brought her. Over the four year period, she lost her self esteem and her ability to see herself as a pretty woman with a beautiful smile was marred by the fact that following a punch by her husband to her mouth, her teeth were chipped.

Enter the American Academy of cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Give Back a Smile is a program that provides survivors of domestic violence free dental repair. The AACD's membership wanted to return something to the community while raising awareness of the effects of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know has suffered dental disease directly related to domestic violence, you can contact the AACD and apply for the program by calling 1-800-773-4227.

This is a picture of Yasmine today. As you can see she got her smile back and her life, too. After her dental repair, she continued to work on her self esteem issues and secured a good job. The AACD hopes that you will educate yourself about ways to recognize and prevent domestic violence.

If your smile is in need of repair, reconstruction or just general cleaning, you can secure dental insurance for you and your family by visiting
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Your dentist will help you smile like Yasmine every day. For more information on how to apply or the Give Back a Smile program, visit
Give Back a Smile.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Children's Dentistry

Most children are naturally afraid of almost everything. This is nature's way of protecting them from harm. One fear that you can help your child overcome is the fear of visiting the dentist.

Your toddler should visit the dentist at the age of two. That's right! At two years old, your child should visit the dentist. Juice, pacifier's and bedtime bottles of milk can cause tooth decay as early as two years old. If your child's lower teeth are discolored or brown, you may be surprised to discover that it isn't tooth decay; the older that your child is when he gives up his night-time pacifier or bottle, the more likely that the lower front teeth will be discolored. Your pediatric dentist will simply clean your child's teeth and they will be nice and bright and white, like they are supposed to be.

It is easy to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems by making regular visits to your child's dentist, but what if you do not have dental insurance? We all know that dental procedures, even those for children can be expensive and that's exactly why you should invest in dental insurance.

Your a good parent and you want to give your child the very best. That includes the best chance that they can have of keeping their natural teeth all of their life. One look at your child's smile and you know that you want to provide dental insurance coverage that will protect that beautiful grin forever.

Visit Dental Insurance Scout now and you will be able to compare dental plans for your entire family. You will find plans that can save you on premiums and preventative care. Visit now and keep your child smiling today and for every tomorrow.