6979 Chippewa
St. Louis, MO 63109
tel: 314-644-0440

Danger of xylitol to pets

At St. Louis Hills Dental Group we encourage our patients who have dental decay problems to decrease the amount of sugar (sucrose) they have in their diets and beverages.  Xylitol is a very good sugar substitute for foods, beverages, and chewing gum.

However,   please be very careful with xylitol containing products around your pets.  Xylitol is very toxic to pets and will cause illness and even death.  Do not leave xylitol containing food products, candy, beverages, or chewing gum where your pets can eat them.

For more information on the dangers of xylitol online to “xylitol pets”  to receive more information.

At St. Louis Hills Dental Group we want our patients to have healthy teeth and also have healthy pets.

Patient Survey Comments

Listed below are some of the comments we have received at St. Louis Hills Dental Group.

“Everyone was pleasant and helpful”

“My experience is always good there”

“Mary was my hygienist and she is great.  I always feel comfortable”

“Everything was great.  Thank you.”

“Everyone is so friendly and patient with THEIR patients.  Parking is good and the office is clean”

” My experience here is always FIRST CLASS. Mary Ann is an excellent and delightful  hygienist”

“The office is really pretty and modern and a comfortable place to be.  Watching tv while I waited was helpful because sometimes I get nervous at the dentist.  I really liked this office”

“Jane is very good and I have always enjoyed the doctors and staff”

“Awesome crew”

‘”Great overall”

 

Dental Insurance: Our View

At St. Louis Hills Dental Group our first responsibility is to provide quality dental care for the patients we treat. For patients who have dental insurance we do our best to balance the type of care needed with the amount of coverage provided by dental insurance plans. Most current dental coverge plans are group plans provided by companies for their employees and often family members. Plans vary greatly by annual maximums and copayments for certain services. In some situations coverage differences are present in different segments of the work force in the same company.

We try to help our patients sort through all of the details and get as close as we can to the amounts of coverage available and the patient responsibiity for services we provide. This can be very confusing with frequent plan changes and service fee denials encountered.

We are providers for many dental plans and participate with Delta Dental Premier, Aetna PPO, United Health Care PPO, Advantica PPO, and Anthem Blue Cross 300 PPO. We will do what we can to work with patients to reach acceptable financial arrangements to allow them to have dental treatment provided by St. Louis Hills Dental Group.

The worst thing that can happen to a patient is to have a need for dental treatment and not be able to have care because of financial reasons. Delaying treatment always will end up costing the patient more money or worse lead to a decline in the health of their mouths.

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Vaping

The use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, has become increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.  While the smoke may be less offensive than cigarettes, the smoke from electronic cigarettes still contains nicotine and carries the associated known health risks.  Electronic cigarettes are not useful in smoking cessation, but are in fact an alternative to regular cigarettes.

The Center for Disease Control found that in the past year the number of high school students who have used electronic cigarettes has doubled.  This is partly due to the ease of purchase of electronic cigarettes compared to trying to purchase regular cigarettes.

Much more research and study is currently being done regarding the use of electronic cigarettes.

 

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