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May 1, 2018

  No matter how routine a dental procedure is, you may feel at least a twinge of anxiety when visiting the dentist. For some, the phobia is so extreme that they will endure gum disease, tooth pain, and other ailments just to avoid an examination. An estimated 30 to 40 million Americans have some form of dental phobia. Certain oral diseases can compromise the health of your whole body, so it is important to schedule regular dental visits. Discolored, missing, broken, or otherwise unsightly teeth and gums can negatively impact an individual’s self-esteem, leading to problems in his or her personal and professional life. Here’s how to diagnose and manage dental anxiety so you can visit the dentist worry-free.

Diagnosing Dental Anxiety

An individual with dental anxiety will experience nervousness or unfounded fear of an upcoming visit. Even

May 16, 2016
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Many people ask if dental x-rays are really necessary and the answer is always YES. X-rays can show dental problems that may not be noticed during a visual exam like cavities or wisdom teeth. Without dental x-rays, it is very easy for dentists miss possible decay between teeth and fillings. While x-rays may seem like a nuisance at the time, they could end up saving you money and prevent dental issues in the future.   Depending on your age, you should typically have dental x-rays done every 1-3 years. Younger patients should get x-rays more frequently because they’re teeth are still growing. If you have had some teeth decay already, you should have x-rays done every year to prevent future issues. Bitewing x-rays are most commonly used for checkups. In one view, bitewing x-rays show how are lined up and touch each other. They also show signs of decay and gum disease if present.   If you switch dentists, it’s extremely important for your new dentist to have a copy of your dental x-rays. You can ask your old dentist to share your x-rays with your new dentist or you may decide it’s a good time to get new x-rays.   Ready to have your pearly whites checked out and have new x-rays done? Give us a call at (843) 723-5346. We can’t wait to see you!

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