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By: Mildred H.
Welden, Kimberly J, DMD
I love Dr. Kimberly Welden. She is a wonderful dentist and a wonderful person. She shows you that she not only cares about your dental health, but she also cares about you as a person and your mental and physical well being. I think she is the best that Decatur, Alabama has to offer.
By: Brandi B.
Anthony Dental Services
I have always been scared to go to the dentist, but not anymore! The staff is super nice and go out of their way to make you comfortable. I couldn't have had a better experience.
By: Jack H.
Richard Bedsole, DMD
Richard Bedsole, DMD is wonderful. Everyone there is knowledgeable and the ultimate professionals. I would confidently recommend them to anyone.
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By: Lane P.
Anthony Dental Services
Always have good experiences with Dr. Anthony and staff. Would recommend to friends or family. They do great work and I know exactly what my out of pocket will be beforehand.
By: Jeff J.
Richard Bedsole, DMD
I recommend everyone I know to Dr. Bedsole because he is so caring and careful. His whole staff is amazing.
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By: suzannek1953
Anthony Dental Services
Never go to this office. Worst experience I have ever had. It was like I literally felt everything and then to add insult my dentures are still crooked and don't fit worth a darn. And never did. I hate them and they are being replace by someone else
By: Patrice M.
Richard Bedsole, DMD
Dr. Bedsole is great. Really wants the best for everyone. Has the most high end technology at his office.
By: lesliem9910
Richard Bedsole, DMD
What I like about Dr. Bedsole is that is super easy to make an appointment. Sometimes they have been able to take me right away. I never have to wait long in the office and my appointments are always a pleasant experience.
By: andrewwtheg
Richard Bedsole, DMD
Dr. Bedsole is one of a kind. He made me feel very relaxed and he was very personable. I like having a dentist who can put my mind at ease. He answered all of the questions I had for him.
By: wojy77
Richard Bedsole, DMD
When I needed immediate work done on my teeth they were able to set up a payment plan that worked for myself and my growing family. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be
Tips & Advices
  • Pick Your Plan: Most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers.
    • An indemnity or fee-for-service plan means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket.
    • A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles.
    • A dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
  • PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs, it also means you have less choice in the dentist who can treat you Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
  • When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. You don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges.
  • If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.
  • Ask family, friends or colleagues for recommendations. They will be able to provide details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care
  • Meet with any prospective dentists to ask about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments.
  • Consider driving distance, location and office hours.
  • Check With Your State Board: The state board can outline what requirements your dentist must meet and offer information about any discrepancies in the their background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
  • Remember Your Angles - When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle..
  • Don't Forget the Tongue – Your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
  • Floss Everyday - Each time you floss, have at least 18 inches of floss available. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Watch What You Eat - Sugar, alcohol and coffee contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
  • Keep in Mind the Mouthwash - Mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains.
Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
These painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Your doctor will have to examine the bump, find its cause and then develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.

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