Tupelo Smiles

Cosmetic Vs. Restorative

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.



Using fluoride can have positive, lasting affects on your dental health. Watch this video to find out more.

Dental Savings


You can save money on your dental care by planning ahead. Before your dentist begins any type of treatment, make sure you know what your insurance covers and what your out of pocket costs will be. Ask your dentist for a pre-treatment estimate, which will tell you what your plan covers. You’ll then be able to make better-informed decisions about your treatment.
If you don’t have insurance, start a dental savings plan, or put aside some money each month.

Discuss treatment options with your dentist. There may be less-expensive alternatives available.

Also — make, and keep, regular dental appointments, so that your dentist can spot problems as soon as they begin. The longer it takes to identify a problem, the more serious, and more expensive, it becomes.

Most importantly, take good care of your teeth! Simple preventive care, such as brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily, will help prevent bigger problems and bigger bills.

Tea and your Teeth

According to a study in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, brewed tea is one of the best drink options for your teeth.
The study found that the effect of black or green tea on tooth enamel was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. The study clearly showed that drinking brewed teas resulted in dramatically less enamel loss than drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.
Another study in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that green tea may also have additional benefits for your oral health, and may help eliminate bacteria that cause gum disease.
Just remember — don’t add sugar to your tea, and you should avoid the prepackaged, bottled ice teas because they contain citric acid, and high amounts of sugar.


Periodontal disease is a common infection around your tooth affecting your gums. There are many risk factors, including tobacco use, medications, hormone fluctuations and genetics. A deep cleaning and consultation with your dentist can help correct this problem.

Dental Medication


At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This is called antibiotic prophylaxis. But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step? We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however patients with heart conditions should be more cautious. The American Heart Association has guidelines identifying people who should take antibiotics prior to dental care. The list includes people with: Artificial heart valves, heart transplant, unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and people with palliative shunts. If you have any questions regarding premedication before a dental procedure consult your dentist, For your dental health, I’m Dr. John Kenney.


Great nutrition plays a part in keeping your smile healthy!

Regular Visits

Regular visits with your dentist are one of the best ways to keep your teeth looking great as well as healthy. Watch this video to find out more.