How to Choose the Right Family Dentist

How to Choose the Right Family Dentist

Many factors go into finding a great family dentist. Sure, it's important to have a pearly white smile, but there's so much more that goes into good oral health. To maintain excellent oral health for both you and your children, it's essential to make regular visits to a family dentist. You need to find a family dentist you trust and who will cater to your personal needs to ensure you’re comfortable and satisfied with your dental visits.

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Managing Tooth Sensitivity

IF THERE’S ONE THING we can all agree on, it’s that nobody likes sensitive teeth! Tooth sensitivity can cause discomfort during daily tasks such as brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, and even breathing in a cold gush of air!

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, there are measures you can take to relieve pain and treat discomfort.

Start By Visiting Your Dentist

If you are concerned about sensitive teeth, seek a dental professional’s help first. Tooth sensitivity, while common, can also be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist can help identify what the underlying cause of your sensitivity is and prescribe the best treatment option for you and your smile! After an evaluation, your dentist might recommend:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste: This type of toothpaste is specially formulated to soothe the nerve endings in the tooth and reduce pain.
  • Bonding agent: This is the material used to stick tooth colored restorations to teeth. It can also be used to seal the dentin surface and protect sensitive areas from outside stimuli.
  • Fluoride: Your dentist may apply fluoride to sensitive areas. This strengthens tooth enamel and treats pain.
  • Limiting acidic foods and drinks: Carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, wine, yogurt, etc. are acidic and, when consumed frequently, can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. Drink acidic liquids with straws to avoid contact with teeth.


A Good Oral Hygiene Routine Can Help You Avoid Sensitivity

Proper brushing and flossing can prevent conditions such as gum disease which is known to cause gum recession. When gums recede, part of the tooth root is exposed, leading to sensitivity. Over-brushing or brushing too aggressively can also lead to receding gums and even enamel erosion—both of which cause sensitivity.

When Whitening Your Teeth, Consult With Your Dentist

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening. To avoid or diminish sensitivity after whitening, consider using a lower concentration of whitening product and reduce the amount of time the bleach is in contact with the teeth.

Always consult with your dentist before whitening as he or she can help determine the best treatment options for you. If you or someone you know has particularly sensitive teeth, there are additional steps we can take to help avoid and relieve the sensitivity caused by whitening.

We Can Help With Tooth Sensitivity

Although sensitivity is common, there are things we can do to help relieve and reduce the discomfort that it causes. No one should have to live with tooth pain. Call us or come in today so we can help you achieve a pain-free smile!

To our wonderful patients, we appreciate you!

Why do people avoid dental treatment or fear the dentist ?

I am pretty sure that most people have heard of the age old saying " A Stitch In Time Saves Nine." In the years that I have been practicing dentistry, I have seen a lot of treatment avoidance on the part of patients, even for simple things like a small filling.
Patients often think - if it does not hurt, why do I need to get anything done?

People seem to be okay going to salons, or buying that extra accessory for their car, or even getting that tattoo that they have been wanting to get. But when it comes to getting that filling or crown which was recommended to them,  they seem to have issues getting it done. 

Part of it seems like people seem to prioritize OTHER things over dental treatment when they can afford it. 

What are the reasons for this?

I would say, dentists have a small part to play in this. Quite a few dentists will tell the patient WHAt they need done, but will NOT explain WHY they need to get it done. And therefore, the lack of adequate knowledge also leads to delayed treatments.

What most people DON'T know, is that toothache is a sign of late tooth disease. Teeth, unfortunately, only hurt when the cavity has reached a point when just a simple filling will not help anymore. At this point, patients face either losing the tooth, or shelling out about 10-20 times as much, than it would have cost for a simple filling, to try and save it. Most times, this is not only expensive but also entails a more painful procedure for the patient.

I agree, dentistry is not the most fun for patients, but I feel that most of this dental phobia can be avoided if patients get their recommended treatment done on time. It is when patients come to dentists with pain/ swelling, its harder on dentists to treat the condition painlessly and thus, people come to associate dentstry with PAIN.

Most dentists try their best to try and make procedures AS PAINLESS AS THEY CAN for patients.

If you have been diagnosed with cavities, please make it a point to get the recommended treatment done as soon as possible to avoid major dental issues. Try to see a dentist once every 6 months to get your teeth checked.

If you have dental phobia, talk to your dentist about different anxiety management techniques to make your dental visit easier. If you have little children, don't wait till they complain of pain to take them to the dentist. All this will do is cause your child to be scared of the dentist, than to see the dentist as someone, who is trying to help them take care of their teeth and raise individuals who see dentists as their friends.

If you have not seen a dentist in some time, NOW is the time to call us !!!