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HOW DENTISTRY SAVED KATHY IRELAND’S SMILE
POSTED ON 03.1.17 BY WILLIAM GRAND

Kathy Ireland SmilesIt is not often that you find a celebrity who is willing to speak candidly about any cosmetic restorative dentistry that he or she has had. Instead, most prefer that their fans just assume that their dazzling “Hollywood” smile is something that just happened naturally. However, that is not the case with Kathy Ireland, the former Sports Illustrated cover girl, current business mogul and founder of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a billion dollar marketing and design firm. In a Dear Doctor magazine cover story she talks openly about her dental experiences, injuries and treatment so that people worldwide can understand what may be possible for them.

For Kathy, it happened several years ago when she was playing with her husband and children in their driveway. Kathy decided that she would stand in her children’s wagon and surf across their driveway. Instead, she ended up “face-planting,” as she describes it, in a freak accident that left her with a broken nose, split forehead and several broken teeth. She recalls that it sounded like a watermelon had smashed. Luckily, her husband, an emergency room physician, was on hand to care for her. Kathy is just as thankful to her cosmetic and restorative dentist who restored her trademark smile with some veneers and a dental implant. Today, the only reminder she has from this accident is a small scar on her nose that she covers with a little makeup.

You would think that this accident would be enough trauma for one person; however, Kathy describes an earlier accident where she knocked out a tooth and then later knocked it loose again. Kathy also wanted to take the time to let readers know that her dental implant experiences were “pretty easy.” She did recall, “hearing all the sounds while all of it was going on” and then added, “but I have to tell you, that after being a mom and having kids, going to the dentist…is like going to the spa!” She said that she has even fallen asleep in the dental chair.

To learn more about Kathy Ireland, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Kathy Ireland.” Or if you think cosmetic or restorative dentistry is right for you, contact us at Grand Family Dentistry. com today to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific goals.

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What’s Causing Your Toothache? The Answer Determines Your Treatment

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Removing Bacterial Coating With a Tongue Scraper can Reduce Bad Breath

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Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton’s Guide to Flossing - When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right? For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss betwe...

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People Born with Missing Teeth can Still Gain a Beautiful Smile

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Dental Insurance Accepted at Your Baton Rouge Dentist
Grand Family Dentistry is the Preferred Provider with many insurance companies, which makes it easier for you to maintain a healthy glowing smile. We can’t always monitor everything that is happening in our gums or between our teeth, making regular dental checkups more important than ever.  Not everyone has the time or the budget to visit the family dentist frequently, but with dental insurance you can have a stress-free way to combat every tooth-related concern without breaking the bank.

Why is Dental Insurance Important?
Taking proper care of your teeth and gums requires more than just brushing and flossing every day.  You also need to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup.  It is even more important for children to get in the habit of visiting the dentist regularly, as well.  Without dental insurance, the cost of even the most basic procedures can quickly add up. 
One of the most common dental procedures is a filling, which can run several hundred dollars or more depending on the pricing of the particular filling.  Procedures such as root canals and extractions can also cost several hundred or even several thousands of dollars.  Having dental insurance helps pay for some, most or all of the cost associated with these procedures.  Your dental insurance plan provides you with access to care you may not have been able to afford otherwise. 
Full Coverage vs. Other Plans
There are many different types of dental insurance plans available, but among them full coverage dental insurance proves to be the most beneficial.  As always there are a lot of factors to consider, but comprehensiveness takes precedence over other dental insurance types.  Long-term plans are often equated to sound choices and full coverage dental insurance is, by far, your best long-term option, among other types. 
Limited coverage dental insurance appears to be the most appealing deal on the market, but it doesn’t meet the benefits of full coverage insurance.  Limited coverage is based on treatments you may possible need, rather than covering any treatments you may encounter.  Dental concerns are very unpredictable, and when a serious concern may arise, a limited coverage plan may not cover all of your treatment. 
Use Your Dental Benefits before they are Lost
As 2013 comes to an end, it is important to remember to take advantage of any remaining dental benefits before they expire.  Every year you receive a maximum dollar amount from your dental insurance company and if you don’t use them by the end of the year, any unused dollars can be lost forever. 
Your yearly maximum is the greatest amount of money that your dental insurance will pay for your dental work within one full year.  If you have any unused benefits, these will not roll over into the next year.  The same goes for your monthly premium.  Every month you are paying a premium in order to have dental insurance, so make sure you are taking advantage of the benefits that you are entitled to.  Use your insurance for regular cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  
Schedule your appointment today with your dentist in Baton Rouge, LA to ensure that all covered treatment is completed before the end of the year.  Your oral health is vital to your overall health, and your Baton Rouge dentist wants to make sure you receive the care you need.

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CPAP – the "gold standard"
While CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure applied through a nasal mask) is considered the "gold standard" for treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), it is not without its problems. CPAP, when used, will control obstructive sleep apnea 100% of the time but there is a problem with patient compliance. Compliance simply means that a patient is following their doctor's orders to keep their disease problem under control. In the case of sleep apnea, it means that the patient is using the CPAP machine every night as recommended life-long. 

CPAP Compliance
But multiple research articles have shown that CPAP compliance can be as low as 50% because of discomfort and inconvenience. Obstructive sleep apnea sufferers who do not wear their CPAP machines increase their risk of heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke and are drowsy during the day and fall asleep while driving. OSA sufferers who stop wearing CPAP often snore, gasp and choke loudly disturbing their bed partners placing a strain on relationships and marriages.
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