Do you dread going to the Dentist? Does your palms start to sweat and your heart starts beating faster when you walk in the door? Do you find yourself avoiding making an appointment because of your fears? If this describes you, you are not alone. Somewhere between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
According to WebMD here are some of the most common reasons for dental anxiety:
- Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “pain and horror” stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
- Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
- Fear of anesthetic side effects. Some people fear the potential side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don’t like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
- Feelings of helplessness and loss of control. It’s common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation — sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
- Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.
If you suffer from any of these anxieties, the best thing you can do is talk about your fears with Dr Brogdon. He can discuss ways to make you feel less stressed and more comfortable. Ask him to explain all he is doing, when he is doing it. Knowing what to expect can help you relax. If you have any pain or just need to catch your breath, you might raise your hand or give him some signal to stop what he’s doing.
Dental Anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from having the best smile possible. We are here to help. Give us a call and set up that appointment. Don’t be one of those 20%.
A Dental Hygienist is an important part of any dental team. They provide full oral health care, focusing on the prevention and treatment of oral disease and work closely with the Dentist.
Some of the duties they perform include:
- Patient screening and intake procedures
- Taking and developing x-rays of your teeth
- Basic cleaning of your teeth
- Applying sealants, fluorides, or other substances for preventing tooth decay
- Assisting with procedures in cosmetic dentistry
- Helping educate patients on proper oral care
One of the most important things to look at when choosing a Dental Practice is how long the Hygienist have been with the office. At Brogdon Dental our hygienist have been with us for many years. We will spotlight some of them in future blogs.
I know many will remember your Mom saying to you “Drink your milk, it’s helps you build strong bones”… But what about your teeth? Will milk help them as well? Calcium is one of the most important nutrients to help keep your teeth healthy.
The American Dental Association recommends that the average adult consume between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium on a daily basis to maintain optimum tooth and enamel health. Consuming a diet high in calcium helps to fortify enamel, so teeth are less likely to break.
So what foods are a good source of calcium?
- Leafy Greens such as spinach or turnip greens contain over 250 mg per cup.
- Canned Fish are high in calcium especially if the soft bones are included.
- Fortified Cereals, especially those containing almonds.
- Tofu, just a half cup of tofu contains 253 mg of calcium. Remember, it takes on the flavor of whatever you’re cooking.
- Orange Juice that is calcium fortified. Although it may be acidic, can give you your daily requirement of calcium.
Remember these foods and add some calcium in your diet. Not only is it good for your bones but your teeth as well.
It’s important to schedule regular dental checkups. The ADA recommends that you see your dentist every six months. During this time the dentist (or dental hygienist) will probably evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination and examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Don’t be surprises if your dentist checks for plaque and tartar build up. One of the reasons we have you come so often is that plaque and tartar can build up quickly if good oral hygiene is not practiced at home. This plaque can lead to gum disease.
Here is a list of some of the things the dentist will look for during your examination:
- Examine your gums
- Will look for signs of gum disease.
- Check for loose teeth
- Examine your tongue
- Check your bite
- Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Check for broken teeth
- Check for damaged fillings
- Look for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluate your dental appliances
- Check the contact between your teeth
- Take X-rays
The trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. We at Brogdon Dental want to make sure you have as enjoyable experience as possible. Call us today to schedule your Checkup. Hopefully you will see how essential it can be.
Do you ever wonder why your dentist recommends you come back to see them every six months? Not only to we enjoy seeing you, but regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It’s also up to you to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy between those visits. Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
After your dental exam we will perform a dental cleaning which consist of:
- Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Removing any plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
- Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once we are finished with your cleaning, we’ll tell you more about the health of your teeth and gums and make any recommendations we feel is warranted. Remember, by seeing our staff at Brogdon Dental on a routine basis (at least every 6 months) and following our recommendations of good, daily oral hygiene practices, you can be sure that you will keep your teeth and gums healthy. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Here are some more fun facts about teeth from 123dentist.com…
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- No two people have the same set of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
- Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.
Here are some interesting facts about teeth, courtesy of the Children’s Dental Village.
- The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
- People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
- Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
- More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
- If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
- If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
- More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
- 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
- Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
- Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
- The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
So brush and floss your teeth, drink plenty of water and SMILE…