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!

10 Reason to visit your dentist TOMORROW

10-Reason-to-visit-your-dentist-TOMORROWThe odds are pretty good that you have a full schedule, and just have been putting off visiting the dentist since you aren’t dealing with any kind of dental emergency, anyway.

That’s exactly what the overwhelming majority of people are doing, according to the American Dental Association – putting off the dentist because they don’t have a pressing issue to take care of – but it’s become a major problem as well.

According to information that has been published by the ADA in conjunction with a number of dental schools in the US, a significant amount of people haven’t been to the dentist in anywhere between four and eight years. Some people haven’t been in a lot longer than that!

This is not good news.

There are a lot of different reasons why you’ll want to visit your dentist on a regular basis, that there are some very serious reasons why you’ll want to visit your dentist TOMORROW if it’s been quite a while since your last checkup.

Let’s get right into it!

Your dentist will be able to spot early signs of tooth decay

Each and every general dentist’s primary mission is to do one thing and one thing only – to catch dental issues before they spiral into dental nightmares and to deploy dental services and solutions that slow down the rate of tooth decay, resolve gum disease issues, and help you keep your original set of chompers.

If you aren’t visiting your dentist on a regular and routine basis, they aren’t going to have any opportunity whatsoever to have a look “under the hood” so to speak. This means that dental issues that could have been addressed effortlessly are going to have the opportunity to spiral out of control, and then you’re talking about some serious “heavy lifting” on the dental services side of things just to get you back to your normal self.

Schedule visits at least once a year so that your dentist will be able to have a look at you and determine exactly what kind of shape your mouth is. They will also have the chance to get out ahead of serious issues and make sure that they disappear with a lot less effort, a lot less time, and for a lot less money.

Your dentist will be able to deeply clean each and every one of your teeth

Another big benefit of visiting the dentist on at least a once a year basis is that they are going to be able to provide you with a much deeper clean than you’re going to get at home.

Yes, you’ll be able to keep your teeth brilliantly white if you’re brushing once in the morning and at least once more before bed – while flossing a couple of times in between – but you aren’t going to be able to give yourself the same kind of super deep clean that a professional with professional tools will be able to.

There’s a reason why they have all of those tiny little instruments designed to poke around inside your mouth and to give it the deepest clean imaginable, and you’ll want to take advantage of those services on at least an annual basis. Go too long without a regular cleaning and you run the risk of your teeth picking up some pretty nasty habits and a bunch of bacteria – and that’s when things can really start to get out of control.

Your dentist will be able to diagnose serious dental disease issues

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer reported each and every year – but many of them are caught later in their developmental stages and require a lot more work to fight than those that are caught early.

The reason that they aren’t found earlier has everything to do with the fact that most people just aren’t visiting the dentist often enough to have a diagnosis in time. This is why adults are recommended to visit the dentist at least once a year (and it’s even better if it’s more like once every six months).

Oral cancer can spread somewhat quickly, but it’s also easily treated and remedied if it’s caught in the earlier stages.

Your dentist will be able to stop and (hopefully) reverse gum disease

The overwhelming majority of gum disease issues can be stopped dead in their tracks and even reversed if they are caught early enough – but that requires a dentist to inspect them regularly.

Gum disease is one of those sneaky health conditions that most people aren’t even aware of. It has the ability to completely destroy your mouth from the inside out, but it also has the opportunity to do a real number on the rest of your body as well.

Regular visits to the dentist will guarantee that you’re able to catch gum disease issues like gingivitis in advance, giving you every opportunity to fight and reverse those issues.

How to cavity proof your child’s mouth

How-to-cavity-proof-your-childs-mouthEven the best oral and dental hygiene isn’t going to protect your child from getting cavities if they have a bit of a sweet tooth.

And what kid doesn’t have one of those!

Sure, you’re going to want to make sure that you do absolutely everything in your power to make sure that they understand the benefits of quality oral hygiene at a young age, but you’re going to have to prep for the fact that they are likely to get at least one cavity – just like everyone else.

The real trick isn’t completely eliminating the chance for a single cavity to rear its ugly head, but instead to find a way to cavity proof your child’s mouth so that they never get more than one. This isn’t all that difficult when you know exactly what you’re up against, and honestly, you are probably going to be able to cavity proof them without feeling stressed or pressured so long as you pay close attention to the details we provide you below.

At the end of the day, it really all boils down to just making sure that your child’s mouth and their teeth are taken care of and that they have established the kinds of quality oral hygiene habits that will allow them to keep all of the original teeth throughout their life!

Strip the sugary stuff from their diet

It’s going to be absolutely impossible – impossible – to strip every single sugary snack or treat from the diet of children (especially when there are able to head off to school and interact with other kids), but you’ll want to do your best to try and curb the indulgences of sugary snacks as much as you reasonably can.

Sugar is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to cavity causing foods, and sugary drinks are right there with them. Not only that, but once the sugar starts to eat away at the enamel on their teeth, it’s going to become one of the major food sources for the bacteria that will take up positions in those early cavities.

As the bacteria continues to grow and reproduce, it’s going to turn that sugar into acid – eating away even more at your teeth. This is the kind of cycle that you want your kids to have to deal with.

Make sure they’re brushing twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste)

When you have children you’re going to have to juggle a lot of different responsibilities, and you are almost always going to find that at the end of the day, there’s just not enough time in 24 hours to do everything that you’d like to.

However, you need to make absolutely certain that your children are building healthy oral hygiene habits day in and day out – and that all starts with making sure that they brush their teeth bright and early in the morning and then just before they head into bed. There are a lot of people out there that skip one (or both) of these daily brushing’s, and boy do they pay for it!

Find a quality mouthwash for them to use throughout the day

It used to be that dentists and other oral hygiene professionals recommended that everyone brush their teeth almost immediately after eating every time that they ate throughout the day, but that’s no longer the truth.

We now understand that microscopic bits of food remain on the surface of teeth for up to 30 minutes after you eat, and those microscopic compounds act like pieces of sandpaper if you brush right after eating.

This is why you’re going to want to flush your mouth (and encourage your children to do the same) after they eat so that you get the bulk of the deep clean you would have with brushing without the damage to the outer layers of your smile.

Send them to school with travel sized bottles of mouthwash and they shouldn’t have any trouble whatsoever making sure that their teeth are just as good as brand-new all day long!

Take advantage of regular professional cleanings at least twice a year

The best way to make sure that your children aren’t developing cavities throughout the year is to actually take them to the dentist every six months or so for a professional cleaning and a checkup.

Yes, this is going to involve a little bit of extra scheduling. And yes, it can get to be a bit of a headache having to run to the dentist every six months – especially if you have more than one child.

With these professionals are going to be able to really detail your child smile, making sure that it is perfectly clean and threat to avoid cavities no matter what else happens. These kinds of deep cleanings can help protect their smile for years and years to come!