Modern technology helps to reduce the fear of going to the dentist

Many people have a fear of the dentist. Dental phobia is very similar to the fear of snakes or heights. Fortunately, people who are scared of going to the dentist can rest easy knowing that modern technology has advanced to make dental and orthodontic work comfortable, quick, and durable. To help you reduce your anxiety and fear, keep in mind that the reward for properly taking care of your teeth and optimizing your oral health is a beautiful smile.


Do

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  • ask about sedation dentistry
  • visit the dentist twice a year for checkups
  • make an appointment right away if you have a cracked tooth
  • brush and floss every day
Don't

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  • forget about modern orthodontic treatments
  • avoid the dentist if it’s been awhile
  • forget to ask about an OralDNA test to combat gum disease
  • avoid the dentist if your teeth and mouth don’t hurt

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Do ask about sedation dentistry

Many people will avoid visiting the dentist due to anxiety and fear. Dentistry has come very far in the last few years and there are many ways to be comfortable during your visit. Dentists offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Sedation dentistry allows you to retain consciousness in a state of deep relaxation and is a safe way to stay comfortable during a procedure. Some patients even fall asleep during their appointment. Be sure to express any fears and anxieties you have with your dentist so that they can let you know about treatments to help alleviate your concerns.

Do visit the dentist twice a year for checkups

Many patients avoid the dentist, and make regular dental visits a habit. Doing a checkup every six months can not only keep your smile clean, but also uncover any problems before they escalate. Preventative care is much easier (and cheaper) than fixing major dental problems, so it is important to stay on top of dental health. This is the best defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Regular visits will give you confidence in a healthy smile!

Do make an appointment right away if you have a cracked tooth

A cracked tooth is no fun, but there are several comfortable solutions. If a tooth is cracked on the top, it may be possible to treat it with a simple composite filling in one visit. Some cracks may be beyond repair and will require a crown to save the tooth. If the tooth is cracked underneath the gum line, your dentist can replace the tooth and put in an implant topped with a crown.

Do brush and floss every day

With the hectic pace of life, it’s easy to fall into bed at night without brushing and flossing. Some of the best ways to care for your teeth are also the simplest. It is important to brush in the morning and night, as well as floss every evening. Doing this can prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. These habits can also prevent bad breath and give you a whiter smile too. Healthy brushing and flossing habits will do wonders for your smile in the long run.


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Do not forget about modern orthodontic treatments

The orthodontic solution for everyone may be different based upon their personal dental diagnosis. There are many options available to straighten your teeth, so don’t assume that metal braces will be required to accomplish a bright smile. Talk to your dentist about invisible braces and veneers, two options that can give you the perfect smile quickly and easily.

Invisible Braces
Sometimes called “invisible braces,” this uses a series of removable, custom-made, plastic aligners. Every three weeks the aligners are replaced by a new one, with each subsequent aligner gradually straightening the teeth. Aligners can be removed for meals and are viewed as more comfortable than traditional braces.

Veneers
Veneers look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They also hide stains, chips, or gaps in your smile. DURAthin veneers are as thin as contact lenses and constructed of resilient porcelain. They require no drilling or shaving of the tooth and last approximately 20 years if cared for properly.

Traditional Braces
In certain cases, traditional braces are the best option. The average time in braces is 1.5 years. Should patients need it, a bite correction can also be performed after treatment.

Do not avoid the dentist if it’s been awhile

It’s not uncommon to let regular checkups lapse, then avoid a visit out of fear and dread. But the longer you wait, the more anxious and nervous you will become. Even worse, a small problem can grow into a large, costly procedure. The sooner you have your mouth checked out, the faster you can smile with confidence and put worries at ease. Keep the teeth you have and don’t let a small problem grow into a big one!

Do not forget to ask about an OralDNA test to combat gum disease

Healthy gums don’t bleed. Many dentists treat bleeding gums with a deep cleaning, but it is necessary to treat the underlying issue. To properly diagnose the problem, an OralDNA test can be performed with a simple mouth rinse. This can tells us what bacteria are causing the underlying problem. Then, by working with your general physician, the right antibiotic is prescribed to treat it. A full mouth disinfection can then be performed to bring your mouth to the correct PH balance through custom rinses. Typically, most gum surgeries can be avoided using this science-based technique.

Do not avoid the dentist if your teeth and mouth don’t hurt

Dental care can be expensive – but preventive care is not. By keeping up with preventive dental care, it will reduce future treatment. Something as simple as a easily-treated, minor cavity can quickly become a cracked tooth that requires an implant, a much more extensive procedure. Keep your teeth healthy by visiting the dentist twice a year so you can prevent expensive dental work in the future.


Summary

Don’t let fear and avoidance get in the way of your dental health. Take control of your smile and health today, and make some simple changes in your habits. You won’t regret it!

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