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Dental Anxiety: How to Stop Fearing the Dentist Office

June 8th, 2019

If you are someone who gets nervous about a trip to the dentist then know that you are far from alone; thousands admit to fearing the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this can mean that a person’s fear of the dentist will keep him or her from coming in for a twice-yearly checkup. And those checkups are as important to a person’s dental health as brushing twice daily and flossing once. To prolong a visit to the dentist’s office means a greater risk of developing dental conditions that, if left untreated, could become serious. So here are a few tips to better cope with the fear of a visit to the dentist’s office.

The number one way to deal with a fear of the dentist is to tell your dentist at Premier Smile of your anxieties/fears. Your dentist can better treat you if you explain everything; remember to include any stories of bad experiences. Ask your dentist for strategies to help you while you spend time in the chair. And remember to discuss with your dentist and the dental team an agreed-upon signal you plan to use if the situation becomes overly stressful.

You may also want to plan to distract yourself from the exam. If you are someone who has fears and anxieties upon hearing the sound of the drill, then you may want to wear headphones. You could also find ways of occupying your hands to deflect some of the nervousness you feel.

Last but not least, you can participate in mindful techniques. Use techniques such as deep breathing to help relax the tensions you may feel in your body.

If you have been unable to schedule your next dental appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today. Remember to explain that you do have certain anxieties about visiting the dentist so that the dental team at Premier Smile can better accommodate your needs.

When/How Should Children Begin Flossing

May 8th, 2019

Flossing is an important component to daily oral care. We know that it’s important that everyone should brush twice daily, and floss at least once. But at what age can we teach our children to floss? A child can begin to learn to brush his or her teeth as soon as he or she has the basic motor skills to be able to maneuver the brush. Unfortunately, there is no one absolute right answer to this question, because each child is going to be different. But there are a number of factors to consider, and at some time in adolescence, a child should make flossing a part of his or her oral care routine.

A child who’s encouraged to brush his or her teeth and floss at least once is likely to become an adult who understands the importance of a quality everyday oral care routine. You can help your child floss with the help of interdental cleaners, but when you believe they have demonstrated the dexterity to handle flossing, it’s time to step back and encourage them. It’s a good idea at this stage to floss your own teeth, while your child is flossing his or hers. Leading by example can only positively reinforce flossing as habit.

If your child becomes overly frustrated by flossing, even if he or she has the dexterity to do it, then allow them to use an interdental cleaner or other similar device. If a child becomes too frustrated they may become adults who dislike and remain aloof to the thought of flossing. Creating quality oral habits now, in childhood, can only bolster those same good habits later in adulthood.

If you have any questions about when is the best time to teach your child to floss, or if it’s time to schedule you or your child’s next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

Toothbrushes: Battery-Powered vs Traditional

April 10th, 2019

A quality toothbrush is the cornerstone of everyday oral care. A quality toothbrush with soft bristles will clean the surfaces of the teeth, removing plaque and food debris, keeping the teeth both clean and healthy. But there are so many different options for a quality toothbrush. There are numerous brand choices, bristle choices, head shape, etc. And while many of those options will depend on personal preference—or, if you have any questions as to which toothbrush your dentist at Premier Smile recommends, then call today—the biggest difference in modern toothbrushes is whether it is battery-powered/electric or traditional. Here’s a few of the pros and cons to each.

Powered Toothbrush

A powered toothbrush should be capable at effectively removing both plaque and debris form the surfaces of the teeth. The toothbrush will likely have a head that both spins and vibrates, and this extra action (extra meaning that it is near impossible to replicate the action of a powered toothbrush with a traditional manual-type) will help to remove the plaque and debris without too much effort. This makes a powered toothbrush a good choice for those who have trouble with the effort of tooth brushing. Powered toothbrushes are also terrific options for children. Children may have trouble with the motor skills involved in brushing teeth, and, as benefit, will appreciate the fun associated with the toothbrush—some models even play the songs to entertain.

Traditional Toothbrush

The traditional toothbrushes benefits are in its simplicity. You can find a traditional toothbrush in any store across the world. It’s a simple and easy process to take out a toothbrush, regardless of batteries and/or an electrical outlet and use it. And the fine motor skills involved in using a traditional toothbrush might actually benefit a child who is learning these skills.

If you have any questions as to which toothbrush would work the best for you, or you would like to know the brands/types of toothbrushes that your dentist at Premier Smile recommends, then call today. And don’t forget that along with a quality toothbrush, it’s very important to keep to the habit of twice yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist at Premier Smile.

Food/Drink to Benefit Oral Health

March 9th, 2019

There are foods that can actually benefit your mouth; these foods either contain vitamins/minerals that are good for teeth or help clean the debris and sugar from the inside of your mouth. Here’s a few…

Water, Water, Water

Water is everything. Water is the basis of a healthy body. Water helps our mouth to stay hydrated, and it also washes away the debris and sugar from the mouth. Water that contains fluoride helps the teeth become more resistant to attacks from an acid attack—an acid attack could be responsible for the development of cavities.

Dairy and Tea

If you do have to regularly drink fluids other than water, then choose fluids without sugar. Milk, tea, and coffee (coffee doesn’t mean a hot drink filled with caramel at your local coffee house). Milk, tea, and coffee, in addition to being relatively mild for teeth—coffee and some types of tea could be responsible for staining the teeth—also benefit the rest of the body.

Phosphorus?

Phosphorus-rich foods can strengthen the teeth. These are lean meats such as chicken and fish; milk and eggs also contain high levels of phosphorus. The only problem with these types of foods is that they are oftentimes higher in calories, fats, sodium, etc., and they should be consumed in moderation.

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an important component to health. All fruits and veggies have vitamins and minerals that are essential to health. And in addition to being chock-full of nutrients, fruits and vegetables are packed with water and fiber, which can help to clean the surfaces of the teeth and balance out the sugar content.

There are a number of foods that benefit mouth health, and, in addition to a quality diet, remember also the importance of quality oral care. Remember to keep brushing your teeth twice daily, for two-minute sessions, and flossing at least once. And remember the importance of regular checkups/tooth cleanings with your dentist at Premier Smile. If you are ready to schedule your next appointment then call today.

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