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It is our goal to help you maintain and improve your child’s oral health.

To achieve this goal, the dental care that your child receives in our office always includes state-of-the-art equipment. Among the newest technologies is a small laser instrument called the DIAGNOdent, which scans your child’s teeth with harmless laser light searching for hidden decay.  We can’t cure what we can’t see!

Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for our office. X-rays or probing with an explorer are limited in detecting sub surface and early stages of decay. Fortunately, the DIAGNOdent allows the dentist to locate hidden decay, and with treatment, stop the spread of disease before it destroys the tooth from within. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

We encourage regular dental check-ups, cleanings, and home care. Early detection of problems minimize the expenses related to major tooth repair. New technologies take us a giant step forward to helping you achieve the goal of minimal invasive dentistry.
 

We love to give recognition to our new friends & our wonderful existing patients who are kind enough to refer their friends & relatives to us! Here are the new patients that became members of our practice family this February. We’d like to welcome you & wish you all the best.


Jadon Arruejo, Annalee K. Berry, Cidnie Claire Canada, Shannon Chek, Hazel Combs, Isaiah & Sydney Corder-Boyd, Samuel Corder-Lee, Elizabeth Correa, Victoria Cortes, Sophia Corzine, Cruz & Davis D’errico, Ashley Dawkines, Joseph Dizon, Victoria Duran, Daniella Fernandez, Isabelle Figueroa, Alexander Flores, Morgan Franssen, Dylan & Jackson & Mason Galbreath, Gabriel Gaona, Brooke Guzman, Aaron Jennings, Lucia Johansen, Caitlyn Kaneichi, Sean Kennison, Siena Laws, Livi & Sadie Marks, Kyra Marquez-Robledo, Kaleigh McGrath, Cecilia Medina, Kelsie Mitchell, Asher Mitchell-Smith, Alexandria Monfiero, Amaryllis Monzon, Raymond Murray, Lucia Orgaz, Mia Ortega, Audrey & Nate Phelphs, Jonah & Jonai & Josih Poasa, Olivia Raab, Brieseis Rodriguez, Raven Roth, Catherine Russell, Rainier Seguerra, Caleb Shaw, Jake Thomas, Jaclyn & Sasha Torres, and Maya Villa.

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Nagging children morning and night not to “forget to brush your teeth” may be wearing thin on parents, but in the lead up to Easter weekend, Dr. Stella and his team are urging parents to keep an even closer watch on children’s tooth brushing habits. Dr. Stella warns that young teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, so developing good oral hygiene habits is crucial to children’s oral health. “This is particularly important with Easter weekend, when children will be enjoying tons of chocolate,” says Dr. Stella. The average 8oz Easter egg contains 152 grams of sugar. That’s 5 oz. of sugar!! Sugar remains on teeth after we eat and bacterial plaque turns it into decay much faster in children than it does adults.

The fact is, it’s even more important for children to brush morning and night and after snacks because their tooth enamel isn’t as strong as adults.

To minimize the impact of Easter eggs, Dr. Stella recommends that children are given chocolate as a treat immediately after their meals, or on weekends, when they could brush their teeth afterwards. Flossing is also just as important as picking up the brush and toothpaste. Have fun this Easter, but keep your child’s teeth in mind as well.

To help prevent cavities, and share the joy of sweet, healthy treats stop by our in-office Sugar Free Candy Shop and pick up all the treats necessary for a sweet, yet healthy Easter basket or Easter egg hunt. We have chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies, jelly beans, and peeps, just to name a few.

Have a sweet, and dental-healthy Easter!
 

A sentence combining the words “understanding” and dental insurance” certainly can qualify as an oxymoron (a figure of speech combining words that are contradictory). Dental insurance, while a nice benefit to have, can be very confusing and frustrating. In fact, we get more questions about it than any other topic (it seems on some days).........including dental treatment! To help muddle through it all, we’ve compiled a list of the top FAQ’s about dental plans and answers provided by the American Dental Association:

What is UCR? UCR stands for usual, customary, and reasonable. A dental plan that uses UCR, pays an established percentage of the dentist’s fee or the plan sponsor’s “customary” or “usual” fee limit, whichever is less. Although these limits are called “customary” they often do not reflect the fees that area dentists charge. Also, dental plan EOB’s (explanation of benefits) sometimes state that the fees your dentist has charged you are higher than the reimbursement levels of UCR. This does not mean your dentist has overcharged you, but may mean the insurance company hasn’t taken into account up-to-date data in determining UCR. Why? There is no regulation as to how insurance companies determine UCR, resulting in wide fluctuation. Also, insurance companies are not required to disclose how they determine UCR.

What are my dental plan limitations? There may be many, depending on what your plan purchaser has decided to spend. These days everyone tries to reduce expenses and employers often look to the least expensive dental plans to control overhead.

To conclude, At Dr. Stella Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, the bottom line is helping our patients achieve optimum oral health, and we do not allow insurance companies to dictate what treatment is necessary for your child. What we will do, is try and get the closest estimate possible from your insurance company and assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits. We hope this article helped, but if you have more questions about insurance feel free to call us (562) 627-8800.

Look for an article next month explaining “Maximum Plan Allowance”, which is another one of the insurance companies’ favorite terms.

 

What steps does your office take to ensure the safety of my health and that of my child’s during our visit?

Our facility consistently applies state-of- the-art steriliza- tion and disinfec- tion techniques to provide our patients and their parents with maximum protection from disease.

Before and after each patient appointment, all treatment surfaces (e.g., countertops, chair surfaces, lights, x-ray machines, and trays) are disinfected with the most effective, safest, and ADA approved products available. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we follow a number of standard sterilization procedures with all instruments and hand pieces. We use an ultrasonic cleaner, autoclave and dry heat sterilizer process. All of the machines used for sterilization are monitored weekly to ensure their effectiveness and safety.

All staff is required to use masks, safety glasses, and new gloves during the treatment of each patient. Proper patient protection procedures are consistently updated.

Feel free to contact our office if you have any additional questions!

 

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