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Dentistry has changed a lot over the years. It used to be you would only go to the dentist for a filling, root canal, or teeth pain. And, since the these visits were often less than pleasant to, folks didn’t go out of their way to go to the dentist. Thankfully fear is no longer an issue and dentists can now help you with things other than your teeth.
Dental fear is prevalent in many people, as it should be, since your mouth is very sensitive – and susceptible to pain. Plus, if someone is standing over you with a sharp tool going into you mouth – it can be a bit nerve racking.
Dentists can now help you deal with dental fear through oral sedation. Sedation medication focuses on anxiety rather than localized pain like anesthesia. The most commonly recognized drug for sedation is Valium. How sedation medication is administered is up to the dentist. (It could even be started the day before the procedure.) And, of course how much you may need or which medication is best for you, are reasons to consult your neighborhood dentist.
Now, let’s say that you are not anxious about visiting the dentist, you just don’t go because you have other things to worry about, like the fact you’re not sleeping, nor is your family, because the train that is your snore, keeps everyone awake.
Though snoring is not a 100% cause or sign that you may have sleep apnea – it may be. There is a lot of information on sleep apnea available online and of course you should consult your dentist or physician if you are concerned you may have it. The point is, if you believe you have sleep apnea, your neighborhood dentist may be able to treat it. Dentists can help with sleep apnea by making a splint for your mouth called a mandibular advancement splint.
Chances are, you or someone you know, is either anxious or suffering from sleep apnea. Once you have attained the proper medical advice and find that you may be suitable for either of the above procedures, make an appointment with your dentist, they would be happy to help you find the best course of action to take.
Salem, Oregon – The dentists and staff from SofTouch Family dental are happy to announce the launch of the practices new website, http://SofTouchDentalSalem.com.
The Website is designed to make it easier for patients to learn about the dental services offered by SofTouch as well as to inform people of the many ways to take care of their smile and keep it beautiful.
The new website contains a blog and links to articles on Facebook and Twitter, as well as videos posted by the dentists and staff at SofTouch to YouTube.
I had a great visit from the time I walked in the door,I met a Florissant policemen as I was walking in,his teeth looked great,I know for a fact that policemen are very particular where they go.They were kind enough to get me in just for an emergency adjustment on my partial.I had not gotten my partials there but it was the best fit I had had since I had them. Dr. Weber was my dentist,he was very professional along with the whole staff.Each chair has its own t.v.to make you comfortable.A great group & there Cardinal fans to. GO CARDS Thanks Ed S.
First off, if cost is your first concern, it should be your last; there are a myriad ways to either work out payment plans or get dental insurance (topics for another article). Your first concern should be your health; there are a few studies pondering if teeth whitening is safe (MailOnline, for example, points to a new law being look at in the UK). For the most part, the many studies that have been done on teeth whitening indicate most all kinds of whitening treatments are safe and pose no risk to your teeth (even the home whitening kinds). Of course you should be careful with how much whitening you do (sensitivity could become an issue) and which type.
There are some different whitening strategies: Discovery Fit and Health gives some home remedies that help whiten your teeth. My favorite one? Chewing on some celery. This goes right along with munching on fruits and vegetables. And of course you could do the ol’ rub baking soda to buff stains away. Keep in mind however, that if you want your smile to be as bright as Mother Nature intended, you will need to see your dentist.
There are a lot of over-the-counter choices available as well. Results from whitening strips can last for up to 4 months (according to WebMD). But, remember these contain a peroxide-based gel, which can be dangerous if a baby or child were to swallow them. There are also (thanks to WebMD again) tray-based tooth whiteners. These involve a tray that is worn for a period of time, depending on the desired results.
In conclusion, if you are a do-it-yourself type of person, whitening your teeth is more than likely something you can do. If, on the other hand you’re like me and prefer to have the experts take care of what they have become experts at, go ahead and make that dental appointment; it will be the quickest, most effective, safest, and done-the-best-way, to get your teeth whitened.
Whatever you decide to do, before embarking on any whitening treatments, be sure to seek the advice of your neighborhood dentist. They are the professionals, and, fully understand the various treatments available for this very visible and affordable cosmetic change to your smile.
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