Last updated 7 months ago
Dental anxiety can arouse uncomfortable feelings, but its effects can surpass emotional distress. If dental anxiety prevents you from going to the dentist, you may eventually suffer serious health complications. Skipping your checkups and ignoring tooth pain can result in extensive tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. To gain control over your dental worries, consider these coping strategies.
Evaluate Your Concerns
If your dental anxiety is getting in the way of your oral health, take a moment to figure out why it is a problem. Do you get anxious about the dentist because of long-held assumptions? Does your anxiety reflect the attitude that your parents passed down to you? In many cases, dental fears stem from the opinions and thoughts of others. Under other circumstances, they can develop from a previous dental experience that caused discomfort. By uncovering the source of your anxiety, you can take steps to manage your emotions or seek treatment from another dental professional.
Practice Calming Exercises
Dental anxiety can cause physical changes to the body. It can lead to rapid breathing, accelerated heart rate, and sweating. However, you can control these side effects by practicing conscious relaxation. Even as you sit in the dentist’s chair, you can create a more comfortable experience by concentrating on your breath and relaxing your muscles.
Talk to Your Dentist
If you have dental anxiety, confiding in your dentist about it can have a highly positive outcome. Your dentist can create a warm, safe, and comfortable environment in several ways. He can explain your procedures so that you become less fearful of the unknown. He can provide you with hand signals to use if you want to pause treatment. Your dentist can also offer sedation dentistry options to relax your mind and body. By talking to your dentist about your dental anxiety, you can eventually overcome it.
Are you hesitant to get the dental treatment you need? Then call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 324-6171 to speak with an associate at our Stamford office. We would be happy to discuss your individual anxieties and find strategies to alleviate them.
Last updated 7 months ago
Many people suffer from teeth alignment issues. Some might have problems with the way that their upper and lower jaws come together when they smile or eat. Others might have noticeable room or insufficient space between their teeth. A malocclusion is any concern that prevents a person from having perfectly even and well-fitted teeth. However, an orthodontist can address malocclusions with braces or Invisalign treatment.
A properly formed jaw allows the upper row of teeth to slightly overlap the bottom row. This placement of the teeth also provides for easy chewing function. Yet some people suffer from malocclusion that creates an imbalance between the upper and lower jaw. When the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw, an underbite occurs. An underbite can lead to considerable jaw joint pain for sufferers. It may also cause injury to teeth, as they can hit each other during the chewing process and wear down tooth enamel.
An even smile exhibits teeth perfectly positioned alongside each other. Under some circumstances, though, people may have teeth with evident spaces between them. Having too much room between teeth can cause cosmetic concerns for sufferers. It may also make it easier for food to become wedged between those spaces, which can increase the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease.
While a slight projection of the upper teeth is normal, some individuals may suffer from severe alignment problems between their upper and lower jaws. When a person has an evident overbite, it can detract from the appearance of his smile. As with an underbite, an overbite can also facilitate oral health problems. When the teeth do not line up as necessary for healthy eating function, the enamel can suffer from attrition and breakage.
Dental Care of Stamford makes it easy to have the straight smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about our orthodontic services, including Six Month Smiles and Invisalign, call (203) 324-6171. Our website also offers additional details about our complete line of dental and orthodontic options.
Last updated 8 months ago
Orthodontic treatment is an investment not only in the appearance of your smile, but also the health of your teeth. This video explains how Invisalign can prevent damage that crooked teeth may cause.
When your teeth exhibit an unnatural bite or alignment, they may become vulnerable to injury. Each time you eat a meal, your teeth may knock against each other with undue force, which can lead to enamel erosion and tooth fractures. These forces can also contribute to jaw joint pain and stiffness. Crooked teeth can even raise your risk for gum disease and tooth loss because of their effects on gum wellness.
Dental Care of Stamford offers Invisalign treatment options for our Stamford area patients. Find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign by calling us today at (203) 324-6171.
Last updated 8 months ago
Accidents can happen at any time and place. If you or a child loses a permanent tooth, acting quickly will increase your chances of saving the tooth so your dentist can replace it in the mouth. If you have any questions or concerns about a dental injury, call your dentist immediately.
Stop Any Bleeding
A knocked-out tooth is likely to be accompanied by bleeding. Take steps to stop any bleeding by placing a soft, clean cloth against the wound and applying pressure. If there are cuts elsewhere on the head, address these as well. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can place an ice pack or bag of ice wrapped in a towel or cloth against the outside of the cheek to numb any discomfort. Never place ice directly against the skin or inside the mouth.
Find and Clean the Tooth
Find the knocked-out tooth, making sure to handle it with care. Never hold a knocked-out tooth by the roots—instead, handle only the crown. If the tooth is dirty, don’t scrub or wipe it clean. Scrubbing could damage the roots and any remaining tissue, making it impossible to replace the tooth in the mouth. Place the tooth in a sink filled with water or beneath a gentle stream of water to rinse it off.
Visit Your Dentist
When a tooth is knocked out, it is imperative that you visit your dentist as soon as possible. The longer the tooth remains outside the mouth, the lower the chances of successful replacement. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket and hold it there during the trip to your dentist’s office. Otherwise, the tooth can be kept in a glass of milk or saltwater.
At Dental Care of Stamford, we are here to help you address dental emergencies as well as maintain your general oral health. Our office offers one location care with leading technology in a relaxing spa environment to ensure every patient is comfortable. Visit us on the web or call (203) 803-1815 to contact a dentist today.
Last updated 8 months ago
Good oral health goes beyond maintaining a bright and beautiful smile. Studies have found a significant link between poor dental health and heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Today, dentists know that keeping your teeth healthy can prevent gum disease, which causes inflammation in the arteries that can affect the heart. You can learn more about the connection between oral health and the health of your heart in this video.
Your dentist plays an important role in the health of your mouth and body. You can schedule your next checkup at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815 today. Visit us on the web for more important dental health information and tips on maintaining your smile.