Dental Phobia and Oral Health

Many Americans suffer from fear of the Dentist or dental phobia. Dental phobias can rage in severity from mild anxiety to full-scale panic attacks.  Fear of the Dentist may stem from prior painful or negative experiences, feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth, feeling helpless or out of control in a dental office situation or some other reason.  Whatever the reason, dental phobia causes many patients to avoid getting regular and needed dental care.  This can lead to a host of serious oral health problems including tooth decay, tooth infections, gum disease and even tooth loss.

Seeing a Dentist regularly and practicing good hygiene at home can help to prevent problems such as tooth decay, tooth infections and gum disease.  However, if any of these problems do occur, it is equally important to get the appropriate dental treatment as soon as possible.  Failing to treat decayed teeth or infected teeth and gums can lead to more serious and painful dental problems such as further tooth decay, abscesses and tooth loss.  Often times, patients with dental phobia will only visit the Dentist when they are in extreme pain.  By this time, a problem that could have been easily prevented or handled with a simple procedure such as a filling may require more a more serious procedure such as a root canal or an extraction.

If you suffer from dental phobia, there are several things you can do to make the experience of going to the Dentist less stressful.  The first is to find a qualified Dentist who understands dental phobia and provides compassionate dental care in a warm and caring environment.  You many also want to find a Dentist who offers Sedation Dentistry.  Sedation Dentistry involves administering oral sedative medications to keep patients relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures.  Some Dentists are highly trained to provide this type of Sedation in a traditional dental office setting.

Don’t risk your oral health by avoiding the Dentist.  If you have not been to a Dentist in a while or if you are experiencing dental pain, make an appointment with a qualified Dentist in your local area today.

Posted on the Behalf of Pure Dental Health.

Your Smile and Your Appearance

Your smile is one of your biggest assets and has a great affect on your overall appearance.  Your smile is often the first thing people notice upon meeting you, and a healthy, attractive smile creates a great first impression!  This can be useful in a variety of social interactions including job interviews, first dates, business presentations, business meetings, sales calls and more.  However, not everyone is lucky enough to be born with a perfect smile.  Crooked, chipped, broken, discolored or misaligned teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile leaving you feeling less confident about your overall appearance.  The good news is that advances in Cosmetic Dentistry now make it possible for virtually everyone to have the smile of their dreams.

Bonding, shaping and porcelain veneers are all cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are broken, chipped, discolored or misaligned.  These advanced procedures require the expertise of an experienced cosmetic Dentist and can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your smile.

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to whiten teeth that have become stained and/or discolored due to age, foods and beverages such as coffee or red wine.  Many cosmetic dental offices offer custom trays that can be used at home with a whitening solution supplied by the Dentist.  Although over-the-counter tooth whitening kits are available, whitening your teeth under the supervision of a cosmetic Dentist is a good idea.  A qualified cosmetic Dentist can help ensure that your teeth are whitened both safely and effectively.

If you have crooked teeth but do not need a major bite change, you may be a candidate for six-month braces.  This procedure differs from traditional braces in that the it uses clear braces and tooth colored wires and only takes from four to nine months to improve the appearance of your smile.  Most patients finish this treatment within six months.

You don’t have to live with an unattractive smile.  If the appearance of your smile is negatively affecting your overall appearance as well as your confidence, schedule a consultation with an experienced, qualified Cosmetic Dentist in your area.  You will be glad you did!

Posted on the behalf of Pure Dental Health.