You Can Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist Office with These 8 Tips

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You do not have to see the dentist from “Little Shop of Horrors” to be scared of dental visits. The fear of going to the dentist office is not uncommon. Many people avoid going to their family dentist for this very reason. Most people do not go into see their dentist for check ups and cleanings every six months as is recommended. A lot of this is because of their fears about the experience.

8 Tips to Help You Get Over Your Fear of Going to the Dentist Office:

  1. Talk to your dentist about how you feel. Dentists know that people are scared of them and of going in for dental cleanings. They have a lot of experience helping people get over their fears. Continue reading
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How Parents Can Find the Best Dentists for Kids in Their Area

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Whether your kids have a gummy smile with a few small teeth poking through or have already graduated to a full rows of pearly whites, proper dental health is an extremely important of your child’s overall health, well being, and development. Without proper dental health, your child runs the risk of developing serious complications such as infections that can spread to the rest of the body, as well as pain. And while learning good dental habits begins in the home with parents teaching their children how to brush their teeth, it’s also equally if not more important for parents to find a pediatric dentist in order to help in maintaining their children’s smile and their oral health.

Pediatric dentists, othe Continue reading

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Dental Work and Why You Should Be Smiling

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The last place many of us want to be is in the dental chair having serious work done, but if you have to go, wouldn’t you rather be in the chair of someone who is an expert in the procedure you are having done? Modern dentists have so much more technology at their fingertips these days then even expert dentists of 20 years ago. They care for gum disease, cavities, root canals and so much more.

More than 41,000 root canals are performed every day, with over 15 million being performed every year. Millions of cavities are also being filled every year, and teeth that are not able to be saved are pulled. However, all of these procedures are being performed in virtually painless ways. The numbing medication and gasses used to prepare a patient for procedures continue to be improved, making virtually every procedure Continue reading

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Missing a Tooth? Consider a Dental Implant

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It is well known around the world that Americans care about how our teeth look. Nearly all (96%) of us feel a nice smile is essential to romantic success. Nearly 75% of feel a good smile is needed for a good career. Yet, many of us are missing at least one tooth. Over the next 15 years, the number of people missing teeth is expected to grow to at least 200 million in the United States. This is one of the reasons that cosmetic dentistry is such a growing field.

When people lose a tooth, they also start to lose bone from their jaw. The more teeth they are missing, the greater the bone loss. Putting something in the place of the missing tooth or teeth is very important to preserving their oral and general health. Cosmetic dentists have several options for tooth restoration such as dentures, bridges and Continue reading

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Stop Hiding Your Smile What an East Lyme Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For Your Smile

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Virtually every adult will tell you a health smile is important, be it for social reasons – – 96% of adults feel having an attractive smile increases your appeal to the opposite sex – – or career reasons – – 74% will tell you an unattractive smile can get in the way of career success. Despite the vast majority placing great importance on healthy, attractive smiles, nearly one third of adults will admit to being “concerned by the look of their teeth.”

If you’re among the 18% who go to lengths to conceal their teeth in photos, we have one question for you: Why? Why continue to suffer when the solution is so easy?

All About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work used to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite. Cosmetic dentistry can involve major repairs or be as Continue reading

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I Just Had Veneers Done, How Do I Care for Them?

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It is no secret that Americans care about how their teeth look. Almost all of us (99.7%) consider a good looking smile to be important to our social lives. At least three-quarters of us worry that a smile that looks less than great will hurt our careers. As a result, we spend a lot on cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening products. It has been estimated that people in the United States spend $1.4 billion each year on tooth whitening products and services every year. It is one of the main things that sends people to family dentistry centers around the country.

Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or other material that is applied to the surface of a tooth to change its look and shape. Their use has skyrocketed in the last few years. Thei Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Smile Bright as You Age

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Ask the person beside you if he or she believes a healthy smile is socially important and the answer is almost guaranteed to be a yes. Almost every adult surveyed (99.7% to be exact) by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) said they consider a healthy smile socially important. The AACD also found that over 50% of U.S. adults consider our smiles to be the physical feature which remains the most attractive as we age. To keep your smile at its best year after year, here are some essential care tips:

  • Perfect your technique

    Most of us never had proper tooth brushing instruction. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Use gentle, circul Continue reading
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What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental problems are rampant in the United States. There are more than 30 million people who have lost all of their teeth on at least one jaw. At least 15 million of these people have gotten bridges or crowns for at least some of these missing teeth. An estimated 15% of the American edentulous population goes in to have dentures made every year. The problem is nearly three-quarters of all people in the country, or 74%, think having a good smile is very important to career success. For people who would rather not go the crown or denture routes, there is another way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants look the most like natural teeth. But, “what are dental implants?” you ask. Read on to learn more.

What Are Dental Implants?

Quite simply, they are replacement teeth roots. Unlike dentu Continue reading

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Fear the Dentist No More!

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What are people most afraid of? You’ve probably heard most of the big ones by now: death, flying, darkness, public speaking, and spiders. But what about dentists? If you have this phobia, you’re not alone. Odontophobia or Dentophobia is a pretty common fear among humans both young and old. Dental procedures can feel invasive, and oftentimes patients feel helpless and insecure lying on their back while someone investigates their pearly (or not so pearly) whites under a bright overhead light. And, if nothing else, no one wants to hear that they’ve done a poor job of taking care of themselves.

But whether we like them or not, dentists are important in many ways. Oral health is deeply connected to our overall health. Plus, Continue reading

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How to Have a Beautiful and Healthy Smile

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If there’s anything you should know about Western aesthetic values, it’s that we absolutely love our teeth. In a recent AACD survey, an overhwelming 99.7% of adults reported that having a healthy smile was socially important. Additionally, almost three-quarters of adults feel that having an unattractive smile can hurt their career success, while 32% of people report that they are “concerned by the look of their teeth.”
Given this clear obsession with having the pearly whites out there, it may strike you as odd when you find out that the state of oral hygiene in the United States isn’t exactly bright and sparkling at the moment. Statistically speaking, 78% of people have Continue reading

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