Mistakes you can’t make when choosing your next dentist

Mistakes-you-cant-make-when-choosing-your-next-dentistIt’s either the white jackets that they wear or the professional medical offices they operate out of that makes us almost inherently trust dentists with the health of our smiles – even if we’ve never visited them in the past.

Whatever it is, you would definitely be better off if you remained at least a little bit skeptical when visiting a new dentist, if only to make sure that they aren’t committing any one of the common mistakes dentists make today.

This information is especially useful for you if you’ve recently switched dental offices, moved to a new area and needed to find a new dentist, or just weren’t all that happy with the last dental professional you worked with. This is the kind of inside information that you’ll be able to use to better guide you to the perfect fit for a professional that will help make sure your smile stays just as happy and healthy as humanly possible.

If you’re able to avoid the common mistakes that dentists make today, you should be in pretty solid shape, and won’t have any reason whatsoever to fear your dentist. If you don’t take the time to make sure that your dentist isn’t making these same mistakes, you might be in for a sticky situation!

Try not to work with dentists that get worked up by problem patients

A lot of dentists in the US today are willing to work with pretty much anyone and everyone they can just to keep their offices open, but these are the kinds of dental experts that you’re going to want to try and avoid as much as possible.

You see, you have to look at it this way. If your dentist is used to dealing with difficult people all day, the odds are pretty good that they’re going to be stressed out, agitated, and all kinds of anxious – and who wants someone like that poking around in their mouths?

Try not to work with dentists that do not treat their staff well

You can definitely tell a lot about a person by looking at the way that they treat those that they are responsible for or in charge of. If you are visiting a new dental office for the first time, definitely try and spend a little bit of time there focusing on the kinds of interactions that the dentist their staff.

While it may not be possible to understand the full breadth and depth of the different relationships that are going on under the surface of people that work together every business day (maybe four years and years) by observing from afar for 15 or 20 minutes, you may be able to spot some issues that may or may not make you completely comfortable moving forward.

This is critical inside information that you aren’t going to get anywhere else, and it’s definitely something that can help you decide on whether or not a particular dental office is the right fit.

Try not to work with dentists that haven’t built up a reputation in the community just yet

Though there are certainly some fantastic first time dentists out there, and there’s definitely something to be said about dental professionals that have just now graduated from a dental training program and dental school (they are almost always up-to-date on the latest and greatest solutions, procedures, and technology), you never want to be someone’s guinea pig.

If at all possible, try to work with established dental offices in your area to ones with rock solid reputations for delivering quality results at a reasonable rate. This is the kind of information that you’ll be able to dig up on the Internet, as well as the kind of info that you’ll be able to pick from the minds of the people in your social circle.

Ask your friends and family members for dental recommendations, speak your coworkers about the dentists that they visit, and always try to get a feel for the dentists that have their names come up quite frequently. These are the kinds of dentists that you’ll want to think about working with, or at least the dentist that you want to research more thoroughly.

Try not to work with dentists that do not have in-house financing plans

Even though the odds are pretty good that your dental insurance is going to cover the procedures that you have taken care of, if you’re looking to have any cosmetic work done – or aren’t carrying your own dental insurance – you’ll need to take advantage of the financing options that your dentists provide.

If they do not have in-house financing plans (take your of the financing themselves), the odds are pretty good that they’re going to farm them out to third party companies. If they go that direction, you’re almost always going to pay through the nose when it comes to interest rates, and your repayment terms probably aren’t going to be all that friendly, either.

It’s definitely something to think about.

How to choose the perfect dentist to upgrade your smile

How-to-choose-the-perfect-dentist-to-upgrade-your-smileSearching for a new dentist isn’t all that much different than searching for your soulmate.

Sure, there are obvious differences on the surface – the odds are pretty good that you won’t be spending too many late nights with your dentist, after all – but when you really think about it, your choice of dentist is going to almost always lock you into a long-term relationship.

And if you want that relationship to be beneficial (for both of you), and to move forward through the years as smoothly and as effortlessly as possible, you’re really going to need to take some time to make sure that you are working with the best of the best around.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t really take the time to find the perfect dentist (which shouldn’t be all that surprising – most of us don’t take the time to find the perfect soul mate, either!). But if you want to make sure that you aren’t making any mistakes this time around, hopefully we’ll be able to point you in the right direction and give you a little bit of inside information into what you should be looking for from the very perfect dentist to upgrade your smile.

What kind of dentist are you hunting for, anyway?

There’s a world of difference between trying to find a long-term world healthcare provider and a dental specialist, so you’ll need to get square about exactly which kind of dentist you’re looking to work with in the first place before you even think about starting the search process.

Long-term oral healthcare partners are a lot like general practitioners. These are the kinds of dentists that you’re going to be visiting for your regular checkups, as well as the kind of dentists that you’re going to visit first when you’re dealing with a dental health issue.

Specialists, the other hand, are just like specialists in the medical field. These are the dental experts that your long-term oral health care partner is going to point you in the direction of when you need specialized care. These are the kinds of professionals that are going to help you to continue to enjoy a picture-perfect smile, but they’re also the kinds of professionals that will help rebuild or overhaul your smile if necessary.

Once you know which kind of dentist you’re looking for, you’ll be able to start looking into different details like:

  • What kind of office hours they have and whether or not they are going to fit your day to day schedule
  • Whether or not their office is centrally located or easy to get to
  • Whether or not they provide emergency services outside of traditional dental office hours
  • The kind of education and training that they have received or continue to receive
  • The kinds of financing options that they make available

… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

A dentist’s professional reputation is absolutely everything

Anytime you’re talking about moving forward with a professional service, you have to understand that you aren’t going to be able to objectively determine whether or not someone really is the best of the bunch until AFTER you’ve actually received the service itself.

This puts you in a sticky situation.

After all, no one wants to be misled into believing that they’re working with the best dental professional in their area before their dental work is performed, only to find out that nothing could be further from the truth.

Sadly, it happens all too often – and a lot of it has to do with the fact that people just aren’t investigating a dentist’s professional reputation as thoroughly or as in-depth as they probably should be. This is crazy, considering the fact that we all have access to the web and can quickly research pretty much any professional in record time and understand exactly what they’re all about and what their community relationship is before moving forward.

Of course, if you know anyone in your social circle (your friends, your family members, or your coworkers) that have worked with a particular dentist in the past that you are interested in you have to ask them about their experience. They’ll be able to provide you with an unbiased and honest inside information that you never would have had access to otherwise.

Remember, these are the people that care most about you and not the bottom line of their business. They are going to be interested in pointing you in the right direction, as opposed to trying to convince you that their dental services are the best of the best without ever really backing it up.

Take 15 or 20 minutes a night for about a week or so and look into all of the different dentists available in your area. The odds are good that you’ll find one with a sterling silver reputation that sticks out from the rest of the pack – that’s the office to move forward with!

Effortlessly brighten your smile in just minutes every day

Effortlessly-brighten-your-smile-in-just-minutes-every-dayThere might not be a single person on the planet that wouldn’t love a brighter and whiter smile.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school freshman hoping to catch the eye of that cute senior or a senior citizen hoping to show up at your high school reunion with a dazzlingly white set of chompers – or anyone in between. There’s just something about having brilliantly white teeth that all of us covet.

Unfortunately, for a lot of us, getting that brilliantly white smile isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world.

With every single year that goes by, our teeth get a little bit darker – usually darkening up by a shade or two every five or six years. The pigment inside our teeth becomes more and more prominent with age as the enamel starts to disappear, and before you know it all of those daily cups of coffee have done their job at staining your teeth just as best they could.

It’s enough to make a guy or gal go crazy!

Thankfully though, there are a lot of teeth whitening solutions available on the market today that we all have the opportunity to take advantage of. Many of them are offered directly from the kinds of dentists that we feel completely comfortable with already, and there’s certainly no shortage of DIY teeth whitening kits available over-the-counter as well.

The only problem there is that those teeth whitening solutions (both of those kinds of teeth whitening solutions) are usually a lot more expensive than most of us are able to afford on a regular basis. And no matter what you may have heard anywhere else, your teeth are going to need to be white and gradually over time to build up layer after layer of “whitening resistance” – and that’s why even the cheapest professional teeth whitening solutions are so expensive!

What if I told you that you didn’t have to spend a small fortune to have brilliant white teeth, and that you’d be able to brighten your smile all on your own in just minutes every day, getting the same kind of professional results from the comfort of your bathroom without threatening to break your bank account in the process?

Would you be interested?

Cut out the staining stuff ASAP

It’s going to be absolutely impossible to wait in your teeth on your own if you are going to continue to hammer your teeth with food and drink that will stain them every single time they come into contact with your teeth.

You’re going to want to bail on coffee (as much as possible, anyway), skip the black tea, and avoid “dark foods” – pasta sauce, blueberries, soy sauce, etc. – just as soon as you can. It’s the only way that you’re going to be able to build up consistency consistently whiter layers on your teeth.

Forget about baking soda

People all over the world have heard that baking soda is absolutely fantastic for whitening your teeth, but that isn’t exactly the full truth.

Yes, baking soda is amazing at removing stains that are already on your teeth, and you should definitely use it in the early stages of the whitening process to strip things down to your enamel. But you’re going to want to reel back on baking soda pretty quickly, as the same compound that is going to strip your teeth of stains will actively work to dissolve the outer layers of enamel – and that’ll put you in a really sticky situation!

If you lose too much enamel your teeth are going to darken all on their own, and then you’re really going to be in trouble.

Throw out your stiff bristle brush

For a while there, stiff bristle brushes were all the rage, as people thought they’d be able to deeper clean their mouths and their teeth with bristles that could stand up to a good scrubbing.

Now we understand that you can do a lot of damage with a toothbrush if it is too stiff, and it’ll actually work like sandpaper to scrub and abrade your teeth until the outer layers have been rubbed off. Pitch that stiff brush in the trash and instead swap out for something a little bit softer and you’ll be good to go.

On top of that, it’s always good to replace your toothbrush every three months or so – well before it looks worn out. By that time, it’s already no good!

Fall in love with mouth guards or gel trays

Even though whitening strips have gotten pretty popular in the last few years, they just aren’t going to be able to give you the kind of consistent contact you need to make a difference. What you’re going to want to do instead is fill up a mouth guard or a gel tray with teeth whitening compounds and then bite down, making sure that you get even distribution across the board.

Take care of that and use the rest of the tips and tricks we’ve included in this quick guide, and before you know it your teeth will be a lot brighter and a lot whiter than they are today!

Do you make these mistakes when brushing your teeth?

Do you make these mistakes when brushing your teethYou really wouldn’t think there is all that much to brushing your teeth, and that there certainly wouldn’t be anything that you could mess up!

After all, almost all of us have been brushing our teeth since we got our first set of baby teeth, and almost all of us have been brushing at least once a day. To think that millions and millions of people all over the world are getting it wrong when it comes to brushing their teeth seems a little bit crazy – but it’s the cold hard truth!

In fact, according to be American Dental Association, anywhere between 100 million and 150 million people in the United States alone are likely brushing their teeth the wrong way. Can you believe it?!

Who would have thought it possible?

On top of events, brushing your teeth incorrectly can lead to all kinds of dental health issues. And now we understand that our dental health is closely linked to the rest of our body, and if our mouths aren’t healthy, it’s likely that we aren’t, either.

If you are ready to figure out whether or not you’ve been making mistakes when it comes time to brush your teeth you’ll want to check out the inside information we have for you below!

Millions of people aren’t brushing every day!

I know, I know – brushing your teeth should only take two or three minutes at the most, before some reason there are millions of people in the United States (and probably billions all over the world) that simply aren’t taking the time out of their day to brush their teeth every single day.

If you can think of something funkier than that, I’d love to hear about it!

Not only should you be brushing your teeth every single day, but you should also be brushing your teeth at least twice a day – and three times if you can squeeze a scrubbing in right around lunch. Your smile will thank you, and so will your dentist!

There is a huge problem with brushing your teeth right after you eat

Even though there have been commercials in the last few years telling people that they need to brush their teeth immediately after eating to keep them healthy, nothing could be further from the truth.

You see, after you eat microscopic components of the food you have eaten still cling to the outer surface of your teeth, and if you start to scrub while those components are still there you’re going to do some serious damage. Those components are pretty abrasive, and if you combine those components with an acidic beverage – like orange juice, for example – you can really wreak some havoc.

Try and wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you even think about brushing your teeth.

You should be brushing your teeth the way you mow your lawn

Anyone that has spent a serious amount of time trying to get their lawn to look just as picture-perfect as any ballpark in America understands that you simply cannot cut your grass the exact same way in the exact same direction every time out. The grass just won’t support that kind of abuse.

Instead, you’re supposed to reverse the patterns that you cut into your lawn every other time out, giving your grass the opportunity to recuperate and recover from the damage done to them previously.

Your teeth operate in much the same way. If you’re brushing from the exact same spot every single time you’re going to end up “wearing a pattern” into your teeth, and worse than that you’re likely getting tired – and maybe even a little bit bored – towards the end of your brushing session. This means that the teeth that get cleaned last in line are going to get cleaned least – and that’s trouble!

Try to change things up by starting to brush in the top right corner of your mouth, then maybe the top left, and then alternating the bottom spots before working your way back to the top right position again. You’ll buy yourself a bit of time, avoid doing any damage to your teeth, and will give your smile and upgrade at the same time.

Don’t try to beat the clock

Though the overwhelming majority of people out there understand that you should be trying to brush your teeth for at least two minutes straight, a lot of people put off brushing their teeth until it’s the last thing that they do to get ready for their day – and by that point in time, the odds are even better that they aren’t going to be brushing their teeth for two minutes.

Don’t let that happen to you.

If you need to, feel comfortable brushing your teeth while you shower so that you have more than enough time to get the job done right. Take the time and you’ll guarantee staying out of the dentist you probably won’t have to visit the dentist quite as often as you would have otherwise.

Here’s how to always feel comfortable at the dentist

Heres-how-to-always-feel-comfortable-at-the-dentistlThe Columbia Dental School and the University of Washington have just recently released a new report that shows that nearly 50% of the people in the United States (we’re talking about 150,000,000+ people here) are absolutely terrified of heading to the dentist and avoid it actively unless they absolutely have no other choice.

Think about that for a moment. One out of every two people or so that you know are absolutely terrified of heading to the dentist. It’s amazing to consider just how many people share this same phobia.

What’s even more amazing is that this number hasn’t gone down at all, even though dental solutions, interventions, and technology and research has gotten even better, and the dental field in general is the most advanced it’s ever been in human history.

But there’s just something about visiting the dentist that none of us can shake.

Thankfully, there are a couple of different things you’re going to be able to do all on your own to make sure that you always feel completely comfortable heading to the dentist. You’ll be able to crush any anxiety or stress that you feel about going to the dentist, and you’ll be able to take advantage of dental services more frequently because of it.

Check out the answers that we have for you below!

Get there early to wash away stress

The only thing worse than feeling nervous and anxious about the dentist is arriving just moments before your scheduled appointment and feeling even more frazzled because of it.

The last thing that you want to do is put any extra pressure on yourself when you’re already nervous, which is why you’re going to want to try and get to your appointment at least a half an hour before you have to. This gives you plenty of time to relax in the waiting room, to unwind, and to speak with the dentist or any of his staff so that you are completely at ease before your actual appointment.

It is one of the simplest ways to wash away stress, but it’s also one of the most effective!

Communicate regularly with your dentist

We always feel a lot more comfortable around people that we know and that we are familiar with, and we almost always feel at least a little bit of awkwardness when we are dealing with complete strangers in intimate situations.

Well, it doesn’t get a lot more intimate than having a stranger stick their fingers or their tools in your mouth, now does it?

And that’s exactly what most of our dentists are to us – strangers. We only see them once a year (if that), and we have no real relationship built up with them. If you are looking to eliminate a lot of the stress and pressure that you’re feeling, you’re going to have to change all that.

Spend more time communicating with your dentist (within reason), and really try to create some kind of rapport and a relationship so that you don’t feel quite as anxious visiting them.

Work only with pain-free dental professionals

There are lots of specialty dental offices out there today that focus entirely on creating pain-free dental services for each and every one of their patients.

If you are at all anxious, nervous, or a little bit worried about visiting the dentist because of the pain that you have felt in the past or the pain that you are in envisioning, these are the kinds of specialists that you’re going to want to visit.

Many of them take advantage of local anesthetics and use them for pretty much every operation or procedure in the office, and some even have “knockout gas” that they are able to give to those that really cannot even imagine going through the motions without being completely unconscious.

If you ever find yourself dealing with serious anxiety to the point where you aren’t able to address dental emergencies because of your stress, you’ll want to try and find one of these pain-free dental professionals and asked them to give you the juice.

They’ll knock you out, take care of the problem, and you’ll come to in much better shape than you were before without ever having felt anything!

Remember that you are always in control

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you are always in complete and total control.

Sure, your dentist is going to be the professional there and will be recommending and carrying out the different procedures that you need to have performed, but you are always able to say you aren’t comfortable with something and have the choice to walk away.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you just aren’t feeling it, you just aren’t comfortable, where you just can’t quite reach an equilibrium, don’t be shy about voicing your concerns and rescheduling to a later point in time. It might just be the thing you need to move forward!