It’s a Team Effort

Your dental team-your dentist, hygienist, and perhaps periodontist, is a part of the ongoing effort of controlling gum disease. Whether you’ve had extensive professional treatment or are simply fighting gum disease, you must schedule appointments with your team for needed maintenance or preventive visits. The previous extent of your gum disease will determine the frequency of your dental visits and the amount of maintenance necessary at each visit. Even though your dentist and his hygienist are a very vital part of your team, they can only remove the plaque and calculus that you have accumulated since your last visit.

Once you have been counseled and instructed again how to practice good self-care, you must accept the responsibility of being the most important person on your dental team. When all is said and done, the quality and amount of time you spend at home on your regimen or oral hygiene will determine the extent of your future dental treatments. Correct daily flossing is a must. Plaque is the number one cause of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath; only correct daily flossing removes the plaque under the gums and between teeth.

Affordable Dental Visits

According to a poll, the main reason people put off going to the dentist is fear of the fee, not the drill. Unfortunately, many consumers view dental care as a necessary only when there is a problem, and are reluctant to spend money for care when there is “nothing to fix.” The poll also found that thirty percent of respondents had not been to a dentist in more than a year.

This practice of putting off dental visits until something is broken can be more costly in the long run. If you wait until you have an emergency to see your dentist, chances are that the treatment will be more involved and more expensive.

The solution? Begin to educate yourself and form a good relationship with your dentist, so you can become a better informed dental care consumer.

To help keep dental costs from taking a bite out of your pocketbook:

  • Recognize the importance of managing your dental health care needs.
  • Take steps to reduce your dental care expenses through good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, regular check-ups, and ongoing discussions with your dentist about your dental health.
  • Plan for dental care as a necessary and expected item in your household budget.
  • Remember dental disease can usually be prevented.

If you do not presently have a personal, caring dentist, you may call our office for an appointment.

Relaxed Dental Visits

If, like most people, you experience some degree of anxiety when it comes time to see the dentist. The following suggestions can help you relax before and during dental treatment.

  • Start by sharing your anxious feelings with your dentist, and confirm that they are committed to pleasant dental visits.
  • Set aside a stress-free time for your dental visit-a time when you won’t be rushed, physically strained, or troubled by other concerns.
  • Keep in mind that when you see your dentist on a regular basis, many dental visits rarely involve more than a professional cleaning, examination, and consultation. You can therefore use this opportunity to get acquainted with the dental staff.
  • Try to identify your specific fears and concerns. Some people feel anxiety because they had or heard about a negative dental experience during childhood.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the day before and eat a light breakfast the day of your appointment. To allow unconstrained movement, wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • Schedule short dental appointments by having different procedures performed on different days, if possible. Also arrange to break from lengthy procedures now and then.
  • Use visualization to feel more comfortable and relaxed both before and during a dental visit. Also practice distraction and relaxation techniques to take your mind off of treatment and to reduce tension.
  • Ask the dentist to explain each step of the dental examination or procedure . Knowledge gives you more confidence and helps you gain control over an unfamiliar situation.

Once the dental visit is over, praise yourself for a job well done! You might also treat yourself to a special reward for overcoming your dental anxiety.

And remember, the dentist-patient relationship is just that-a relationship mutually involving you and your dentist. Overcome the habit of thinking of yourself as the passive recipient of treatment.

If you do not presently have a personal, caring dentist, you may call our office for an appointment.