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Which New Patient Questions Should You Always Ask When Going to a New Dental Office?
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Karl Olson
Going to a new dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience, but we want you to feel comfortable with your choice to come to our office. That's why we encourage you to ask questions before your first appointment to better understand our office and how we operate. These are some important questions you should ask any time that you go to a new dental office. Do You Use X-Ray Technology?X-rays are an important tool in a dental practice. They allow us to see what is happening inside of the teeth, and there are many conditions that require this technology for proper diagnosis. We recommend x-rays every year. How Do You Handle Dental Anxiety?If you suffer from a fear of the dentist, this will be an important one for you to ask. We offer many ways for you to stay comfortable during your procedure, including nitrous oxide. This question will open up a conversation about how to best treat you. Do You Take My Insurance? We know how important it is to find a dentist who both meets your needs and is also covered by your insurance. Fortunately, we accept most insurance plans. We also work hard to help you maximize your dental and medical insurance benefits. Do You Offer Emergency Services? In the event of a dental emergency, it is important to have someone to call. We always have safeguards in place so that you can get treatment after a dental emergency. Will an Appointment Fit with My Schedule?We know that people are busy, so we do everything in our power to offer flexible appointments that work with every schedule. Please let us know about your unique scheduling need so that we can accommodate you. Are you ready to book your appointment and ask us your questions? Give us a call today!...

What Stress Does to Your Gums
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Your oral health is affected more by stress than you may be aware. Too much stress can lead to teeth grinding, gum disease and temporomandibular joint pain, or TMJ. Reducing stress can be difficult, and we are here to help you before it starts to negatively affect your oral health. Stress and Oral HealthBruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can be a side effect of excessive stress and lead to things like jaw pain, sleep disorders, abnormal tooth wear and even broken or chipped teeth. The excessive pressure that grinding your teeth causes on your gums can not only increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, but it can actually change the appearance of your face. When your body is experiencing stress and anxiety, it manufactures fewer immune cells. These immune cells work to protect your mouth from bacteria that develops in your mouth. When the bacteria begin to build up, it causes inflammation and if left untreated can develop into gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss, not to mention if the infection reaches your blood stream, the damage it can cause to the rest of your body. Reducing StressThe most important step in reducing your stress is making a plan to identify and deal with it honestly. Perhaps begin keeping a journal, when you feel like you are under stress, make note of how you handle it and then begin to take steps to decrease stress where it is possible. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your stress. Our staff is prepared to provide you with additional information that can help you not only recognize stress in your life, but we can help you develop a plan to treat the stress and reduce it. Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you....

Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
Posted on 4/25/2019 by Karl Olson
It's a new year, and that means that a lot of people are trying to make and keep their New Year's resolutions. While a lot of people are trying to keep their resolutions regarding weight loss and exercise, have you ever thought about making dental resolutions for the new year? If not, maybe you should. Not sure where to start? We have some suggestions about making and keeping your dental goals for 2019. Why Dental Health Goals?Dental health goals are just as important as your overall health goals. In fact, they may be more important. That's because your dental health can affect your overall health as well. For example, if you don't brush or floss your teeth, did you know that the bacteria from your mouth can cause havoc in your body? This means you could have problems with mouth infections, tooth decay, diabetes and heart disease. Experts estimate that three in four Americans need to practice better dental health goals. This means they need to make sure they are brushing and flossing properly twice a day. Brushing and flossing helps to rid the mouth of plaque. Plaque can lead to tooth enamel that is worn or damaged. If that happens, bacteria can get onto the tooth surface and eat away at the enamel and the dentin. Pits can appear in your teeth that can become large, irritated and infected. Infection from your mouth can be carried in your bloodstream, and affect your heart health. If all of this is worrying to you, it should be. However, there are things you can do to make sure that you keep our mouth as healthy as possible. You need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing your teeth helps to get rid of plaque, and leave your mouth healthy. Also, floss your mouth twice a day as well, to make sure that plaque doesn't get into the spaces between your teeth. Finally, come in and see our dentist. We can help you keep your smile beautiful, and look for any potential warning signs that something could be wrong. In the war for the health of your mouth, we could be your biggest ally. If you want to discover new ways to keep your mouth healthy, why not give us a call? We love talking about good oral health!...

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