Steve M Blech DDS Inc

Serving the High Desert with gentle and affordable dentistry for more than 20 years. "We treat our patients like family"

Open Fridays by appointment.

*Dental Cleaning with Registered Dental Hygienist.
*Invisalign (teeth straightening)
*Whitening (Zoom)
*Tooth Colored Fillings
*Crown & Bridge
*Veneers
*Implants
*Dentures, Relines, Repairs
Professional and Established Dental Team
Most Insurance Welcome
In-House Insurance Plan
KCP (Kinectic Cavity Preparation) Pain-free fillings

Operating as usual

11/11/2020

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[11/05/20]   Happy FALL Y'all

We Are Accepting New Patients. We also have a Friday available for appointments. Please call the office 760-242-5033

[07/28/20]   Yes, our office is open to see patients. Call 760-242-5033 to schedule appointment.

01/14/2020

Oral health: A window to your overall health

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. Learn how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health.
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health.

What's the connection between oral health and overall health?
Like other areas of the body, your mouth teems with bacteria — mostly harmless. But your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease.

Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Also, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbes that multiply and lead to disease.
Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in some diseases. And certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

What conditions can be linked to oral health?
Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
•Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.
•Cardiovascular disease. Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
•Pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
•Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:
•Diabetes. By reducing the body's resistance to infection, diabetes puts your gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes.
Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. Regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.

•HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
•Osteoporosis. This bone-weakening disease is linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
•Alzheimer's disease. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer's disease progresses.
Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth (Sjogren's syndrome).
Tell your dentist about the medications you take and about changes in your overall health, especially if you've recently been ill or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes.

How can I protect my oral health?
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily.
•Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.
•Floss daily.
•Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
•Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
•Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.
•Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
•Avoid tobacco use.

Call our friendly staff and schedule your appointment today 760-242-5033

12/09/2019

Did you know most insurance plans cover 2-4 teeth cleaning per calendar year? As the end of the year approches be sure to schedule your appointment to get your teeth cleaned. Contact our office 760-242-5033.

11/26/2019

Thanksgiving offers us an annual pause from the pace of life to return to places we do not often visit and gather with people we do not often see.

11/11/2019

It's common knowledge that dentists are on the alert for cavities and gum disease. But have you ever wondered if there are other important reasons why you need your mouth examined?
Read on to find out how regular visits to our skilled and experienced team in Apple Valley, CA, a private dental visit is vital to your health.

1. Your Dentist Screens For Cancer
You may not know it, but during your appointment your dentist checks for signs of oral cancer. This is a serious dental disease that is highly treatable if caught during the early stages. Regular check-ups ensure that none of these serious issues are present.
2. Bad Breath Can Be More Than Just an Embarrassing Problem. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of an underlying dental condition that needs to be addressed. Mouthwash helps only to temporarily mask the smell, but will not solve the underlying problem. Your dentist can easily tell if you have any potential issues by smelling your breath. Feel free to explain any concerns you have about bad breath to your dentist – they'll be more than happy to help you.
3. Dental Conditions Need Treatment
Regular check-ups will help prevent cavities, root canals problems, gum disease, and a host of other dental issues. If these problems are left unchecked, they will only continue to get worse and cause a potentially much more serious problem. Don't let it get to that stage. Seeing your dentist regularly can ensure the success of an effective treatment plan and offer the chance to prevent problems before they even occur.
4. Good Dental Health is Vital For Your Overall Health
If left, bacteria can build up in your mouth and cause tooth decay and gum disease. Poor oral health results in other serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your physical health.
5. It's Time For A New Toothbrush
Dental check-ups are also a good reminder that you need to change your toothbrush regularly. After about three months your toothbrush wears out. It also becomes unsanitary with bacteria flourishing in its bristles. Remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or as soon as the bristles fray. Always use a new toothbrush if you have just recovered from an illness.

Keeping your oral health in check couldn't be easier. Just be sure to make time each day to brush and floss your teeth after eating. Visiting your dentist for regular checkups is vital to maintaining perfect dental health. Isn't it time you booked your appointment?

Call us at 760-242-5033 to Schedule you Dental Exam and Teeth cleaning. Now Accepting NEW patients.

11/11/2019

Happy Fall.

06/06/2019

Now is the time to schedule your dental checkup.
760-242-5033

Enhance your Smile...
* Dental cleaning with a Registered Dental Hygenist
* Invisalign (teeth straightening)
* teeth Whitening
* veneers

We are a family dentistry and have been active in the Victor Valley community for over 20 years.
Call the office to schedule your dental appointment.
Dr Blech, DDS 161695 Siskiyou Road, Ste 220 Apple Valley

05/14/2019

It was a pleasure to go into an Elementary class room for Career day. Dr Blech's staff taught the children the proper way to brush and explained, Why we should brush and floss daily. The kids enjoyed participating and receiving new toothbrushes.
If you have a classroom you would want Dr Blechs staff to visit for career day, please contact the office.
760-242-5033

04/09/2019

Bad breath is a common problem that many people face, but you can prevent it!
Regular dental exams teeth cleaning every 6 months.
Tips in between your check-ups:
1. Brush your teeth and tongue daily.
2. Rinse with an Antiseptic (Listerine)
3. A water Pik is helpful for gingivitis and or peridontal disease.
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03/14/2019

To reduce the risk of gum disease or to help stop it from becoming more serious. Gum disease is often caused by a build-up of plaque bacteria, But no matter how well you clean your teeth there will always be hard to reach areas that are tricky to keep clean. We may recommend that you have a professional teeth cleaning, called a prophy polish or periodontal maintenance to get your teeth properly clean.
It's recommended twice a year to visit your hygenist to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Contact the office today to schedule your appointment, our friendly staff would be happy to help you. 760-244-5033

02/12/2019

Happy Tuesday!

colgate.com 02/12/2019

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Time to schedule your appointment. Keep your teeth and gums healthy.

colgate.com Learn more about oral care for children, including how to properly brush kid's teeth, kids toothbrushes, and much more, from the Colgate Oral Care Center.

[02/05/19]   It's time to schedule your appointment with the Hygenist to get your teeth cleaned.
Call 760-242-5033

12/20/2018

Reminder for all college students back in town visiting and teachers. We will be OPEN over the holiday break - FRIDAY December 28,2018 and FRIDAY January 4,2019. Please contact the office to schedule your appointment.
760-242-5033

12/20/2018

Dental Care Tips To Follow This Holiday Season

Make sure to maintain your oral health over the holidays!

We are in the midst of the holiday season, which consists of traveling and indulging in home-made comfort foods. The holiday season can be overwhelming for some and cause people to slip on their daily hygiene habits. However, it is essential that you keep up with your dental care routine so that you can prevent developing a cavity. Luckily, there are a few simple dental care tips you can follow this holiday season.

Know What To Eat

The holiday season is known for comfort dishes and sweets, including cakes, pies, and candy. However, it is essential that you indulge in these items minimally so that you can avoid needing a filling. It is best if you balance out all of the sweets with vegetable and fruits that benefit a healthy mouth. Make sure to eat some carrots because they help clean teeth naturally and prevent plaque build up.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important tips to follow this holiday season is to drink plenty of water so that you can prevent dehydration. It is common for people to busy during the holidays, running from store to store for presents and traveling to visit family. So, you need to make sure that you are drinking enough water to combat tiredness and dehydration. Drinking water is also good to flush out bacteria after eating, which prevents cavities.

Maintain Your Daily Routine

When it comes to holiday dental care, it is essential that you maintain your dental hygiene habits. So, make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day, as well as flossing. If you are not already, it is best if you brush with an electric toothbrush to prevent as much plaque and bacteria build-up as possible.

Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth Dr Blech offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. At our office our commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your dental health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 760-242-5033.

Happy Holiday,
Dr Steve M Blech, DDS and Staff

11/08/2018

DELTA DENTAL Insurance NOW OFFERS -
"Smile Way Wellness Benefits program"

EXPANDED COVERAGE OPTION
The health of your patients’ teeth and gums is part of a bigger picture: their overall wellness. Gum disease is associated with a number of systemic conditions, and people with certain chronic conditions may benefit from additional periodontal cleanings. That’s why large group PPO1 plan purchasers can choose expanded coverage for their enrollees who have been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis or stroke.
Eligible patients must self-enroll through their online Delta Dental account. When you review patient benefits online, you’ll see these notations:
• SW-P — This means that the dental plan includes SmileWay Wellness benefits.
• SW — This means that the patient has enrolled in SmileWay Wellness benefits.
If the plan includes SmileWay Wellness benefits (SW-P) and the patient is eligible but has not enrolled, please encourage the patient to do so.
SmileWay Wellness benefits include 100% coverage for these services:2
• One periodontal scaling and root planing procedure per quadrant (D4341 or D4342) each calendar or contract year, and
• Four of the following (any combination) each calendar or contract year:
– Prophylaxis (D1110 or D1120)
– Periodontal maintenance (D4910)
– Scaling in presence of moderate or severe gingival inflammation (D4346)
BENEFITS INFORMATION
You get up-to-date eligibility information and benefits details with Provider Tools. You can also submit free, real-time claims and pre-treatment estimates, review treatment history, check claim status and more. Simply log in to (or register for) your online account today at deltadentalins.com.
SmileWay® Wellness Benefits

[11/08/18]   It's OPEN Enrollment for many DENTAL Insurance Plans.

What's the difference between indemnity, PPO, HMO, & discount insurance plans?

Indemnity or Traditional Insurance reimburses members or dentists at the dentist's UCR (Usual, Customary & Reasonable fee). This allows the subscriber to go to any dental office without being limited to a panel.

PPO

(Preferred Provider Organization) is the most common form of insurance. They provide members with a list of participating dentists to choose from. The dentists on this list have agreed to a lower fee schedule, which provides you with greater cost savings. They also assist with insurance billing. Most companies pay 50% on major treatment (crowns, bridges, partials), 80% for basic care (fillings), and up to 100% for preventative care (exams, x-rays, basic cleanings). Annual maximums generally range from $1,000 to $2,000.

HMO

Also known as capitated or prepaid insurance, was designed to provide members with basic care at the lowest rate. Participating providers receive a monthly capitation check for patients assigned to the office. This amount is only a few dollars and is intended to offset the administrative costs. HMOs generally don't pay for services rendered. Fees are usually greatly reduced, but the patient is solely responsible for paying the doctor.

[11/01/18]   Our Hygenist has a couple opening on Monday, November 5,2018. Give us a call to schedule your appointment. 760-242-5033.

09/17/2018

THE SILENT DISEASE
Gum disease like heart disease is a silent disease. It may appear silently and progress without you being aware you are infected. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks your gums, bones, and the ligaments that support your teeth. More than 50% of the population over the age of 30 has gum disease.

Have you noticed swollen and/or bleeding gums and bad breath? That is not normal, those are symptoms of gum disease.

There are certain factors other than home care that can cause gum disease to worsen–smoking, diet, and medications. Gum disease can also affect systemic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

We care about you and your health. Call and speak to one of our friendly staff members and see how we can help prevent or reverse gum disease so that you can live HEALTHY AND HAPPY.

STEVE M. BLECH, D.D.S., INC
(760)242-5033

09/10/2018

Happy MONDAY! Have a great week and keep on smiling.

[09/06/18]   Amber, our Hygenist has an opening if you need your teeth cleaned. contact the office at 760-242-5033.

08/13/2018

It's time to schedule your Exam and Teeth Cleaning, contact our office at 760-242-5033. Helping you to keep your SMILE Bright.

08/13/2018

Back to School Prayer From Us To Your Kids

God, we pray that you be with every child that is returning back to school this Term .

Protect them as they wait at the bus stop, be ride in the bus, travel by car, or walk to school.

Please Keep them safe from dangers seen and unseen. Grant them Wisdom Knowledge and Understanding. And Excellent Spirit. Amen

Success to your Kids,

03/26/2018

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16195 Siskiyou Rd, Ste 220
Apple Valley, CA
92307

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Thursday 8am - 5pm
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