Nov 20th, 2014
We spend a lot of time and effort working to be the best in our field, however we thought we might give you a bit of perspective on how you can optimize the dental treatment experience on your end too. The relationship between dentist and patient is one of trust and care but both sides need to be prepared for a healthy partnership.
The first and foremost thing you can do to make your dental visit better for you and your dentist is to be prepared and ready to go. Brush and floss your teeth before coming into the office and, please, avoid garlic and other breath-saturating foods before you come in. Dentists do their best to make sure they are ready for your appointment when you arrive. If you’re going to be late or have to cancel, it’s best to call ahead with a courtesy warning so the office isn’t wondering if they should cross you off for the day.
Good communication between dentist and patient is key for a healthy relationship. Make sure you know what you’re looking for and what you expect. If something hurts or you have dental concerns, tell you dentist and be as clear as possible. Confusion can only cause problems down the road. If you have dental anxiety, communicate with your dentist so they can be prepared to help you with this issue.
Good medical practices involve professionalism and quality care on the part of the dental physician but also rely heavily on the cooperation of a good patient. In order to help your Columbus dentist take care of your smile, prepare and communicate.
Nov 11th, 2014
We know how much you love us but it is a safe bet that your dentist is probably not the person you want to go visiting during the holiday season. We would love to see you for a cleaning or whitening before those family pictures, but we know how it is. We’re going to offer some tips and advice for making the most out of the holidays without damaging your teeth in the process.
Avoid Chewy Treats
Candy comes in many varieties during the holidays but the worst for your teeth is the chewy taffy stuff. These sticky substances can lodge in your teeth and hang around for days, inviting the risk for tooth decay and gingivitis. Munch your sweets sparingly and try to avoid the sticky, chewy ones.
Don’t Crack Nuts with your Teeth
Nuts are a great holiday snack, offering protein instead of sugar. However, be careful how you crunch through these things. The hardness can cause serious tooth and gum damage if you mow through them without cracking them first. Shell the nuts and then enjoy. Your teeth will thank you.
No Nail Biting
We know, you’ll be with family and Aunt Edna all season and the nerves usually take a toll on your nails but nail biting is not good for your teeth. Find other ways to deal with the nerves of the season, like egg nog! On that note, don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packages. This can chip or damage teeth, requiring root canals.
Avoid Crunching Hard Candy
It’s true, we don’t want you chewing the gummy stuff either but crunching into excessively hard surfaces like ice or hard candy can chip or damage teeth, causing health problems and sometimes requiring surgery.
The holidays are a great time for food and sweets but take care of your precious enamel along the way and your smile will show.