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Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Whiter & Healthier Teeth With These 7 Tips

At-home Tips & Tricks Some simple changes in habits to improve oral health and get whiter teeth! Cut out the stain-causing food. For whiter teeth, consider the foods you eat. Change in tooth color occurs mainly due to food and drink. Typically, anything with a dark color will affect your teeth. These include things like coffee, red wine, and even dark sodas and juices. If you can't bear to do away with these things completely, be sure to brush immediately afterward, and consider using an over-the-counter bleaching kit or a teeth whitening procedure from your dentist. Eat stain-fighting foods. Certain foods, like many fruits and vegetables, have the exact opposite effect as the stain-causers discussed above. These foods have a [...]

By |2019-05-31T09:21:21+00:00June 4th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Whiter & Healthier Teeth With These 7 Tips