Solving Your Dental Fears

Dear Fear and Your Smile

You wake up in the morning and head to the kitchen for some coffee.  As you grab the newspaper, the wall calendar catches your eye.  You see the date on the 31st circled in red marker.  “Oh no,” you mumble to yourself.  “I am supposed to go to the dentist.”

You have never had good experiences with the dentist.  You always feel nervous, your palms always start sweating, and you start imaging the dentist’s tools.  In short, you are terrified.

That is where Pure Dental Health steps in to make your trips to the dentist more enjoyable.  By offering the latest dental technology, the best services, and dentists who care about your well being and comfort, you are sure to have a more pleasant office visit.  In this blog, we will discuss sedation dentistry, which allows you to sleep while your smile care is maintained.  Learn more about how sedation dentistry can help your dental fear—keep reading!

Sedation Dentistry for Better Oral Health

Dental fear affects countless Americans, but few realize the toll that avoiding the dentist can take on overall health.  Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and gingivitis are just a few of the issues that can affect your oral and general health.

But if you are afraid of the dentist, what are you to do to avoid these health complications?

Sedation dentistry allows for dentists to perform check ups, enhance teeth with cosmetic dentistry, and help keep your mouth healthy all while you comfortably rest.  Oral sedation allows for patients to take a pill before an appointment to relax during a visit.  It is a simple way to alleviate fear of the dentist, and to give patients the dental care that they need.

Our offices are clean, state-of-the-art, and have the best dentists dedicated to patient care.  To experience the way that the dentist should be, look no further than Pure Dental Health.

More Information About Sedation Dentistry

To learn more about sedation dentistry and what it can do for your dental fear, look no further than Pure Dental Health.  We can help you gain confidence with the dentist again and alleviate some of your fear.

You deserve to have a smile that is healthy, beautiful, and that doesn’t cause you immense fear to think about visiting the dentist.  Call Pure Dental Health today to take control of your dental health.

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Embarrassed of Your Smile?

Are you embarrassed of your smile?  Do you hide behind your smile and avoid laughing in the presence of others due to a gap in your front teeth or teeth that are chipped, broken, misaligned, too short or discolored? If so, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells that can be laminated to the front of a tooth to create a new, more attractive surface.  If they are done correctly, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.

Porcelain veneers are an advanced cosmetic dental procedure that requires a delicate blend of artistry and dentistry.  They also represent a significant investment.  If you are going to invest in this advanced cosmetic dental procedure, it is important to find a dentist who has the training, skills and experience required to correctly apply porcelain veneers.  If you are thinking about getting porcelain veneers, it is a good idea to talk to any dentist you are considering to find out his or her level of training and experience with this procedure.  It is also a good idea to ask for references as well as before and after pictures of some of their patients who have received porcelain veneers.

You don’t have to continue to be embarrassed of your smile!  Your smile affects everything you do and has a large affect on your overall appearance as well as your confidence.  It also creates a lasting first impression on everyone you meet.  If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist today to see if porcelain veneers are right for you.

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Sports/Energy Drinks and Dental Health

A recent study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, reported that a significant increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, particularly among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth.  The study reports that the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel.

Most people perceive sports and energy drinks to be much healthier than soda and many adolescents consume these drinks in hopes of improving their sports performance and energy levels.  However, the high acidity levels are eroding the enamel on teeth, causing irreversible damage.  Without the protection of enamel, teeth can become overly sensitive and are more likely to decay and develop cavities.

In the study, the researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure to sports or energy drinks.  Energy drinks were found to have a significantly greater potential to damage teeth than sports drinks.

A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens currently consume energy drinks and as many as 62 percent consume at least one sports drink per day.  For this reason, it is important to education adolescents and their parents about the effects of these drinks on dental health.  Academy of General Dentistry spokeswoman, Jennifer Bone, DDS, MAGD, recommends that her patients minimize their intake of sports and energy drinks and also recommends rinsing the teeth with water after consuming these types of drinks.  She also says that patients should wait at least one hour after consuming sports or energy drinks before they brush their teeth.  If not, the acid contained in the drinks will be spread onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.

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Restoring the Function and Appearance of Your Smile

You smile creates a lasting first impression and has a dramatic affect on your appearance as well as your self-confidence.  If you have dental health issues that are affecting both the function and appearance of your smile, there are many restorative and cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to restore your smile and your confidence.

Despite advances in dentistry as well as oral hygiene, many Americans still suffer from tooth loss.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, it negatively affects your appearance as well as your oral health.  Missing teeth can cause embarrassment but they can also lead to serious dental health issues such as infection of the bones and tissues that support the teeth and even bone loss.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, your remaining teeth will shift to fill the space.  This can cause problems with your bite and the alignment of your jaw.  Options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, dentures, partial dentures and dental implants. Each of these methods are acceptable tooth replacement options, however, some options have significant advantages over others and they all differ in cost.  A qualified dentist can help you select the best method to suit your needs as well as your budget.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, advances in cosmetic dentistry now make it possible for virtually anyone to achieve a beautiful smile.  Tooth whitening can be used to whiten teeth, remove stains and discoloration and give your smile a more youthful appearance.  Porcelain veneers can be used to change the color, size, length or shape of teeth.  Clear or metal braces can be worn to straighten crooked teeth and tooth colored fillings and crowns can be used to treat teeth that are decayed.

Using a combination of advanced restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, you can now get the smile you have always wanted.  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile or if you have dental health problems such as infected teeth, missing teeth or decayed teeth, seek treatment from a qualified dentist in your local area.

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Cosmetic Dental Fillings

If you have a mouth full of metal fillings, you may want to consider having them replaced with tooth colored cosmetic dental fillings.  Advances in dental techniques and materials now make it possible to restore decayed teeth without negatively affecting the appearance of your smile.  Many dentists offer fillings made of ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.  These white fillings are commonly referred to as “composite fillings” and are often used to fill decayed teeth in the front of your mouth.  They are also used to replace old metal fillings in the back of the mouth.

A composite filling procedure involves removing the decay or old metal filling from the tooth and then applying an adhesive followed by several thin layers of the tooth-colored composite.  Once the filling is in place, it is chemically hardened for less than a minute using a special light.  Composite fillings are much more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings.  Because of the composite material’s ability to bond to teeth adhesively, composite fillings require less of the healthy structure of a tooth to be removed to hold the dental filling in place.  This is a major advantage over metal fillings.

It may take a little bit longer to place a composite filling than a traditional filling.  Is some cases, composite fillings may be more expensive than metal fillings, however, for most patients, the advantages well outweigh the difference in cost.  If you have teeth that are decayed or if you have metal fillings in your mouth that you are interested in replacing with composite fillings, talk to a qualified cosmetic dentist in your local area.

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