Dr. J. Peter St. Clair

Ballot Question 2 – Part 2

If you did not catch Part 1 of this column last week, you can read it at www.thetowncommon.com. As I explained last week, dental insurance is not really insurance. All plans available are dental benefit plans, intended to cover basic services. True insurance covers...

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Ballot Question 2 – Part 1

**This is a repeat of a 2-part column on Ballot Question 2, in case you missed it. This is important! As a general rule, the team at my office is discouraged from using the word “insurance”, because dental insurance is not really insurance. They are dental benefits....

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Ballot Question 2 – Part 2

If you did not catch Part 1 of this column last week, you can read it at www.thetowncommon.com. As I explained last week, dental insurance is not really insurance. All plans available are dental benefit plans, intended to cover basic services. True insurance covers...

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Ballot Question 2 – Part 1

As a general rule, the team at my office is discouraged from using the word “insurance”, because dental insurance is not really insurance. They are dental benefits. True insurance covers loss and damage.  I offer medical insurance to my team as all small businesses do...

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Chronic Inflammation is BAD

If you have read these columns in the past, you have seen me write about periodontal (gum) health and its relationship to systemic health. There is a slew of scientific evidence that poor periodontal health is not good for you systemically. It has been linked to heart...

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Are You A Freak Of Nature?

I attended a continuing education course a while back entitled “Hit Man or Healer?” The course was given by a well-known leader in the dental profession. The basic premise of the course was the notion that we have a lot more science, studies and data available today...

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5 Reasons People Avoid The Dentist

There are five major reasons that people do not get the necessary dental care they need; six if you count the recent pandemic. The other five are money, time, lack of concern, fear and trust. Let’s take a quick look at each one and see if any of them fit you, and what...

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Back to the Basics

Every once in a while, someone will say, “There must be a lot less cavities today than there were years ago because of improved home care, fluoride, etc., right?” Maybe in general, but there is still way too much decay. Poor diet and home care are the two most common...

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The Dental Exam

Diagnosis is the key to success in any area of medicine, including dentistry. Proper diagnosis leads to success in treatment. In dentistry, there are different exams used at different times of a patient’s “career” at the dental office. I would like to clarify some of...

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Dentistry in the News – Part 2

Last week I discussed some of the content that was presented in a recent U.S. News & World Report which featured seven pages of information on dentistry. This is a continuation of that.  One of the columns in this section of the report entitled, “Guarding Kids’...

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