You are not alone if you get nervous at just the thought of making a dentist appointment. Many Americans get anxious and scared of dental visits. There is even the term, dentophobia, for the fear of the dentist. This fear and anxiety can cause people to skip visits to their dentist, which keeps them from receiving important preventative care. Therefore, dental anxiety can actually increase the risk of developing dental complications. The longer someone waits to go to the dentist, the longer a problem has to worsen. Maintaining your regular visits to the dentist can prevent problems from happening in the first place. So, what are some ways to manage your dental anxiety? (more…)
Do you wake up with a headache, sore jaw, or achy teeth? Do you notice yourself absent-mindingly clenching your jaw during the day? You might be grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, mostly occurs while you are sleeping. Bruxism can cause damage to your teeth and increased risk for tooth decay. It can cause frequent headaches. Bruxism can also increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which affects your jaw and it’s alignment. TMJ can lead to jaw popping, pain, and lockjaw. If you think you may be grinding your teeth, your dentist can talk to you about treatment options. Early treatment can prevent tooth damage and other complications. (more…)
Just like teen and adults, children, even toddlers, are susceptible to cavities. Without treatment, these cavities can eventually threaten the stability of their smiles, even leading to premature tooth loss (which can lead to misalignment later in life). How do you protect little smiles from decay?
Often, patients assume that if they brush and floss their teeth each day, then a dental exam isn’t very important. However, checkups and cleanings are vital to maintaining a healthy smile, even if you continue to properly care for your smile at home.