The dentist can scare most people. According to a study by Michael Krochak, 9% to 15% of all Americans avoid the dentist due to their anxiety. This means that 30-40 million Americans are not getting the dental healthcare that they need. At SmilesNY, we are highly-professional, courteous, and totally dedicated to brightening your smile. As part of our commitment to you, we will help relieve some of your anxiety by answering a few questions ahead of time.
What can I do to prepare for the dentist?
This is a big one. Before you step into the office, you are already buzzing with questions. That is completely ok. There are a few things you can do ahead of time to get yourself prepared.
One of the biggest things you can do is to get all of your documentation in order. If you are coming from another dentist’s office, it is a good idea to acquire this information, or have the information transferred to your new dentist. Furthermore, you can bring as much information as you can about your medical history, including what, if any, medicines you are taking. Your insurance information, and how you will be paying, is also vital. Make sure to bring that along as well.
Does it really matter if I floss?
We have heard it a hundred times before. Flossing is the butt of jokes, and dentists make sure to mention it whenever someone comes in. Yes, it is really important to floss.
Think about it this way: you would not wash only one side of a plate. Flossing gets to the sides of your teeth that your toothbrush cannot. Plaque buildup causes massive problems, and flossing does quite a bit of work to remove bacteria which causes plaque. In addition, it removes a lot of the bacteria that causes gingivitis and gum disease.
The first few times you floss, your gums may be red or swollen. That is completely normal. Ensure that you floss daily, and that you are flossing all of your teeth. Also, make sure you are flossing the entire gap between your teeth.
What are dental implants?
On occasion, a patient will not take proper care of their teeth, which means that they will eventually need a replacement tooth or a bridge. Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw to help fix replacement teeth in place. Dentists often use them as an alternative for bridges or removable dentures.
Dental implants have quite a few benefits. First, they do not decay at all. Second, they massive improve your appearance, straightaway. Finally, it does not affect your natural teeth at all.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Dentistry is an important part of your health. It is also an important part of your appearance. For many people, someone’s smile is the first thing they recognize in another person. Cosmetic dentistry is all about making that smile brighter.
In other words, cosmetic dentistry is focused on making your teeth look as attractive as they can possibly be. It involves teeth whitening, dental veneers, porcelain onlays, and lengthening, just to give you a taste.
At SmilesNY, our professional, qualified, and experienced staff is dedicated to making your teeth healthier and prettier. If you have any questions about dentistry or us, do not hesitate to contact us today.