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Patient comfort

Many procedures can be performed with the use of local anesthesia, commonly referred to as “freezing”. Local anesthesia numbs the area where the work will be performed, and typically will wear off within a few hours. After placing topical anesthetic to desensitize the injection site, a syringe of the local anesthesia is administered. Care of the mouth after local anesthetics If the procedure was done in the lower jaw, the tongue, teeth, lip, and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep. If it was done in the… Read More

Dental fear and avoidance

Adults who are afraid of going to the dentist often say that their fear is the result of their childhood experiences at the dentist. This fear leads to avoidance of needed dental care. It becomes a barrier to achieving good dental health. To prevent this from happening there are a number of approaches that can help with your child: Make your child’s first appointment before they have a problem! A good introduction has been shown to help “inoculate” children against dental fear. Don’t wait until your… Read More

Oral health care for seniors

The older adult population is the fastest growing age segment of North American society. They are more functional, healthier, and more interested in maintaining their dentitions than were the senior citizens of earlier generations. However, for various reasons, their oral health problems and needs are unique. Xerostomia Xerostomia (or Dry Mouth) is a potentially serious risk factor for oral disease. The complaint of xerostomia means the physical properties of saliva are altered, and this usually indicates the protective functions of this critical oral fluid may be… Read More

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities. Professional strength (in-office fluorides) and low strength (home fluorides) each play important roles in helping to keep your teeth for life. In the lifelong fight against cavities, both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides. Professional in-office fluoride products are highly concentrated and can only be applied by a dental professional. Professional in-office fluorides make teeth stronger…and even heal weakened… Read More

Why exclude parents?

A question often asked by parents is why they cannot be in the room with their child during a dental appointment. On some occasions, it may be necessary for a parent to remain with their child but for the most part it is discouraged. Sometimes , parents being in the room will escalate a child’s anxiety. Child-dentist rapport may be compromised if too much of the child’s attention is diverted to the parent. This interferes with the child’s focus on important instructions from the dentist or… Read More

Snoring

Snoring can be a persistent and sometimes serious problem that plagues some people. For many, snoring is just an occasional annoyance. If you suffer from chronic snoring, however, the problems can be serious, including: Chronic fatigue Falling asleep at the wheel or during other activities Headaches Tooth grinding (bruxism) Compromised immune system Difficulties with intellectual and physical acuity Weight gain Most snoring is caused by a condition called sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues of the throat become too relaxed, causing obstruction of the airway…. Read More

Kids’ first dental visit

Your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt.  Our dental team uses words that convey the… Read More

Tooth staining

Many factors cause and aggravate tooth staining, including age, translucency and thinness, eating habits, smoking habits, , grinding, and trauma. A direct correlation exists between tooth color and age. Usually, the older the teeth the more the teeth are stained due to accumulation and general wear and tear. Teenagers will likely experience immediate, drastic results from whitening because their teeth have not accumulated a large build up of stains. In the twenties when the teeth begin to show a yellow cast, teeth-whitening may require slightly more… Read More

Dental anxiety is real

Many times, the most painful part of a procedure is the anxiety a patient endures before even climbing into the chair. If you (or someone you care about) has an appointment that’s beginning to darken your thoughts, try this: First focus on the specifics of your dental fear. Is it the procedure in general, or a particular piece of equipment, or a vague sense of invasion of the privacy of your mouth? Once you’ve got it pinned down, talk with your dentist about it. If it’s… Read More