Are you someone who is anxious or fearful about dental treatment and even worries about it all the time? In Part One of this series, Comfortable Dentistry in the 21st Century “Overcoming Fear and Anxiety” we discussed how you can learn to overcome and cope with these negative emotions and become comfortable with modern dentistry so that you really do have the opportunity to have a “Lifetime of Dental Health.”
While it might take some faith in the beginning to realize that this is possible, Dear Doctor describes exactly how to develop a relationship with the right dentist promoting:
-Open discussion of your fears and experiences in a calm and safe environment;
-The listening relationship that you need to feel safe and in which you have the time you need to go at your own pace;
-Ultimately allowing you to develop the sense of control you need to reduce automatic anxiety responses.
Part Two bridges the gap to the next step in making your dental visits even more comfortable with the help of oral sedation or anti-anxiety medication. These oral sedatives or “anxiolytics” (dissolve anxiety) are administered by mouth (orally) to help transition you from anxiety to comfortable dental procedures.
Nov 27th, 2013
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The surgeon General of the United Stats has stated emphatically that “you can’t be healthy without oral health.” And, as our last article explained, you can’t have good oral health without good nutrition.
In this issue, we’ll expand on the idea that good nutrition is the key to overall health, both general and oral. In other words, what’s good for the whole body is good for your teeth, gums and other oral tissues. We need good nutrition and dietary practice throughout life, for the formation, development and continued health of our oral tissues and structures, as well as those in the rest of the body.
Cancer is a disease that shows no discrimination. What makes oral cancer so scary is that it is often not diagnosed until a late stage, In fact, only one-third of all oral cancers are diagnosed in an early stage. While typically thought to affect older people, it’s now more prevalent in younger age groups. These facts make it crucial that you maintain good oral health, live a healthy lifestyle (including diet, proper exercise, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol), and have oral cancer exams during your routine dental checkups.
Oral cancer can often mimic a harmless mouth sore. If you notice any unusual sores or ulcers anywhere in your mouth that do not heal within 2-3 weeks, contact our office or a physician to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Oct 30th, 2013
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What You Need to Know About Saving Your Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth is something everyone dreads because it could be a prelude to a painful and costly experience. Cracked Tooth Syndrome is the name given to a set of symptoms and signs that lead to this particular diagnosis. These signs include craze lines, cracks, and fractures—and they can all lead to cracked teeth. But not all may be lost, early diagnosis is critical so that our office has a better chance at detecting, repairing, and hopefully saving your tooth.
Oct 16th, 2013
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You did it. You implemented a new marketing strategy and have three new patient appointments this month. Problem is, only one of them shows up for their appointment. Perhaps your new patients do show up, but you have a cancellation for a two-hour bridgework visit. Studies have shown that 1 in 10 patients miss dental appointments, and up to 1 in 8 miss teeth cleaning appointments. If this costly and frustrating experience happens to you regularly, resulting in hours of dead time every month, it may be time to rethink your patient no-show policy and how you handle new patients. In these tough economic times, making sure patients hold appointments may be more difficult-and necessary-than ever. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can employ to eliminate, or at least minimize, the toll missed appointments take on revenue.
Read more here: http://www.pbhs.com/articles/oral-surgery/combating-no-shows/
Sep 18th, 2013
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How do you know if you might need a root canal? Sometimes, the answer is painfully obvious. If you feel severe aching and pressure in your mouth that doesn’t go away, or noticeable sensitivity and swelling in your gums, don’t wait — come in to our office for evaluation and treatment right away!
From time to time, however, anyone may experience some degree of tooth discomfort. Not all of it is necessarily caused by problems in the root canal. For example, a short-lived sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or foods isn’t usually a sign of a serious problem — it may be a loose filling, a small area of decay or an exposed root surface. Likewise, tooth sensitivity that lasts for a day or two after dental treatment is often benign.
But sharp pain that occurs when you bite down, pain that lingers after you’ve consumed hot or cold food or drinks, or a constant ache from an area that’s hard to pinpoint may all be symptoms of infection or inflammation within the root canal. Only a dentist can tell for sure whether the pulp tissue deep inside the tooth is the cause of your pain — but if it is, a root canal procedure is a safe and effective way of relieving the pain and preventing further damage.
Sep 4th, 2013
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Aug 20th, 2013
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