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07/04/2017 02:06 PM
Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist
If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find.

Whatever your reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken care of. The more you delay – or just don’t go – to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental problems that will make gearing up for future dental visits more difficult. In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can actually make the entire process – from making an appointment to sailing through it – much easier on many levels.
Use these strategies at your next appointment to help ease your anxiety and strengthen your smile.

1. Speak up

Anyone with anxiety knows sharing your feelings makes a world of difference. If you're tense or anxious, do yourself a favor and get your concerns off your chest. Your dentist and dental team are better able to treat you if they know your needs.
·         Tell your dentist about your anxiety. When you book your appointment, tell the receptionist you’re nervous about dental visits. Remind the dentist and dental staff about your anxiety when you arrive. Share any bad experiences you may have had in the past, and ask for suggestions on coping strategies.
·         Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes knowing what is going to happen alleviates any fears of the unknown.
·         Agree on a signal. Let your dentist know by raising your hand if you need to take a break during an exam.
·         If you experience pain even with a local anesthetic, tell your dentist. Some patients get embarrassed about their pain tolerance or don’t want to interrupt a dentist during a procedure. Talk with your dentist about pain before it starts so your dentist knows how to communicate with you and make it more comfortable.
2. Distract yourself

Taking your mind off the exam may seem impossible when you’re nervous, but there are some things that that can help distract your thoughts.
·         Wear headphones. If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite music or audiobook. Some dental offices even have televisions or show DVDs.
·         Occupy your hands by squeezing a stress ball or playing with a small handheld object, like a fidget spinner.
·         Imagine your happy place and visualize yourself at a relaxing beach or garden.
3. Use mindfulness techniques

Relaxation starts in the mind. Try deep breathing exercises to help relax tension in your muscles.
·         Count your breaths. Inhale slowly and then exhale for the same number of counts. Do this five times while you’re waiting for your appointment, or during breaks while you’re sitting in the dental chair.
·         Do a body scan. Concentrate on relaxing your muscles, one body part at a time. Start with your head and work your way down to your toes. For example, you can focus on releasing tension starting in your forehead, then your cheeks, your neck and down the rest of your body.

Originally Published at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org

07/02/2017 06:00 PM
Complex direct ORMOCER composite restorations in the posterior region

For reasons of cost, patients and dentists today often find themselves obliged to use restorative materials for the treatment of large structural, functional and aesthetic defects. This case report demonstrates how an innovative, organically modified ceramic composite with extremely low shrinkage stress and volume contraction can be used to restore teeth while preserving tooth substance. Occlusal functionality is key to the longevity of the restoration.


06/29/2017 09:35 AM
Practices lack bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans

ATLANTA, USA: Findings from a web-based survey have shown that over a quarter of private dental practices that participated did not have a written site-specific bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan (ECP). The study was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and is one of the first to examine the extent of awareness of and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration bloodborne pathogen standard in private dental practices.


06/25/2017 06:00 PM
Update on teeth whitening and remineralisation with nHAp

Consider this the new era of painless teeth whitening and the end to soft tissue damage caused by hydrogen peroxide. Developments in the past five years have made a huge impact on the daily work of dentists, dental hygienists and well-trained dental nurses in the EU regarding the parameters for inoffice teeth whitening and the purchase of teeth bleaching products containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.


06/22/2017 06:00 PM
Cosmetic enamel restoration using naturomimetic layering technique—Part I

A human face takes priority when determining physical attractiveness.[1] If we group the facial components according to their influence on appearance, the mouth takes precedence over the others. Smiling is one of the most important facial expressions and is essential in expressing friendliness, agreement and appreciation.[2] A smile develops when a person senses happiness, pleasure or humour.[3] Whatever may be the emotion, a smile plays an important role in society, and for a variety of psychological reasons makes both giver and receiver feel good.[4] The face, gums (gingival complex), teeth (dentition) and emotion are the four basic components of a smile. A smile requires coordination of these four components with voluntary or involuntary stimulation by various emotions; hence it is evident that every smile is different and denotes a sense of individuality.[5]


06/16/2017 07:03 AM
New research on mandible and premolar fossils could rewrite human history

TÜBINGEN, Germany: For the general public, the debate as to where humankind originated might not seem like a current topic. However, the highly contentious subject within the science world continues to be debated, most notably in two recently published studies investigating the dentognathic morphology of the Graecopithecus freybergi mandible and premolar fossils. The findings indicate that the split of the human lineage occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not in Africa.


06/02/2017 02:56 AM
Global dental implant market to rise in value

ALBANY, N.Y., USA: A recent report on the global dental implant market has forecast a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 per cent for the industry until 2024. The report was compiled by Transparency Market Research and predicts that this market will be worth US$8.18 billion by the end of the analysis period.


05/23/2017 06:00 PM
The use of CBCT and CAD/CAM techniques in complex implant-supported rehabilitation of maxilla—Part I

Patients who visit our clinic and wish to receive prosthetic treatment are frequently unaware of the possibilities that modern medicine has to offer. Neither are they aware of the fact that implantological treatment is not a ‘one-day’ treatment and that the integration of implants with bone tissues takes some time. That time can range from several weeks to several months. What they are also unaware of is the fact that after some time from the moment the teeth have been extracted, the bone will atrophy and hence it is often necessary to perform augmentation procedures first before dental implants can be placed.


05/21/2017 06:00 PM
Creating a five-star dental practice

Dentists are not only health care professionals but also health care professional service providers. The word “service” is important to remember because it changes our perspective to focus on the needs of our patients as we treat them. Our education at dental school teaches us to take care of our patients’ oral health needs; however, patients have other physical and psychological needs too that we cannot overlook.


05/18/2017 09:24 AM
Acupuncture: Probing its way into dentistry—Part II

After a general introduction to acupuncture and its practical applications in contemporary dental practice, this second part of the article will discuss the use of the method in managing oral conditions such as xerostomia and its effect in reducing dental phobia and the gag reflex before illustrating the recent uptake of acupuncture in the mainstream health care sector in Singapore.


05/16/2017 06:00 PM
One week diary with our X-Mind Trium 3D CBCT in practice

There is mounting evidence in the literature in regards to the diagnostic superiority of 3-D imaging versus 2-D. As a result, many clinicians today are using 3-D imaging either by referring their patients to a CBCT-scanning centre or having mobile units visiting them, and the only benefit of this method is that there is no initial capital outlay to buy the machine. In contrast, the benefits of having your own in-house CBCT machine are many, including the total convenience of an on-demand service at any time (pre-op or during and after if needed), learning one software and fully utilising it rather than having to learn different software for different machines (manufacturers), thus not utilising it to its fully intended use.


07/03/2017 04:38 PM
Haven’t Done a Practice Livestream Yet? Now You Can on Instagram

Nearly every major social media platform now features livestreaming, including Instagram! Streaming is the easiest...

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06/30/2017 08:01 PM
Dental Social Media as a Force for Good

The last decade has witnessed the explosive growth of social media and the radical changes...

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06/29/2017 05:39 PM
Our June Practice of the Month — Dietrich Orthodontics!

Congratulations to our June Practice of the Month — Dietrich Orthodontics! Becoming a true social...

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06/27/2017 02:47 PM
New Facebook Cover Videos Make Your Practice Page Immediately Engaging

You should be taking every opportunity to add original video content to your practice’s social...

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06/23/2017 04:45 PM
What Will It Take for Your Dental Practice to Rank Higher on Google?

As Google has evolved and improved its search service, people increasingly trust that it will...

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06/22/2017 05:24 PM
The New Facebook Inbox Makes It Even Easier for Your Practice to Grow on Instagram

With over 600 million active users, Instagram is one of the largest social networks in...

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06/20/2017 05:09 PM
Take Control of Your Dental Practice’s Digital Footprint, Or Others Will (feat. Dr. Annelise Driscoll)

We’ve got another installment of Dental Digital Marketing Discussions, bringing you insight from the best...

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06/15/2017 06:33 PM
Highlight the Human Side of Your Dental Practice on Social Media

Patients and fans follow your practice on social media not just for dental content, but...

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06/13/2017 06:25 PM
Ideas for Relevant, Engaging Social Media Content Are All Around You. Here’s How to Recognize Them

Social media is all about “what’s new.” Keeping an eye on trending topics, popular current...

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06/08/2017 09:38 PM
How Community Involvement Grows Your Dental Practice

Being a truly great dental practice isn’t just about treating patients — it’s about creating...

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06/29/2017 04:57 PM
Your Patient’s Smile Is As Essential As Your Website: 5 Cost-Effective Ways to Build a Brilliant Site
An attractive website leaves a lasting impression for your visitors. Even if your dental practice is local and you run by word of mouth, patients are likely looking for you on the web. In this blog post, we will share five cost-effective ways to build a beautiful dental practice website. 1) WordPress – An open...
06/06/2017 10:04 AM
Colgate and Scientific American Launch the Future of Oral Health Website
Colgate and Scientific American have launched a new website dedicated to investigating the leading topics in global oral health: the Future of Oral Health. Their mission is to not only to begin conversation but, to bring together many different people and communities as one and honor the power of new modern inventions of oral health....
03/30/2017 10:03 AM
Innovation on a budget: Three ways to boost your dental practice’s performance without breaking the bank
As in any fast-paced industry, innovation plays a critical role in dentistry. Today’s dental practice owner is both entrepreneur and health practitioner, and adaptability in both roles is crucial to success. While it’s true that innovation can mean playing an endless game of “keeping up with the Joneses,” it doesn’t have to be expensive. There...
02/08/2017 02:55 PM
Wake-up Call: Fixing Your Employee Cell Phone Policy
Many of us are attached to our cell phones and a tap or two away from our social media accounts 24/7 these days—including your employees! This poses unique challenges to dental practices attempting to regulate employee behavior on the job. Unlike so many other businesses, dentists and practice managers have to worry about upholding standards...
12/22/2016 06:43 PM
Dental Professionals: The world has gone mobile- have you?
Researchers have found that in today’s society more than half of all web traffic is on mobile devices. As a result, dental offices have jumped on board by creating and using mobile friendly websites.  A major reason for the growth in mobile internet usage is that we live in a society that has become virtually...
12/15/2016 10:05 AM
Tips to Lower Dental Office Occupancy Costs
It’s increasingly challenging to keep costs low when managing a dental practice; controlling expenses should be a high priority. Reducing overhead by improving efficiency, maximizing revenue, and cutting unnecessary expenses is a good place to start; but what happens if you’ve already addressed these areas? Most dental professionals aren’t aware of the potential cost-drivers and...
12/06/2016 09:03 AM
How to Onboard Your New Employee: Five Tips for Success
So you think you may have found “the one” at last: the perfect new employee for your dental practice. Congratulations! After the exhaustion of writing and posting job ads, endlessly reviewing resumes, and interviewing applicants, you probably feel it’s time for a sigh of relief. After all, this candidate has all the skills and training...
08/31/2016 10:35 AM
Five Actionable Ideas to Improve Customer Experience at Checkout
Customer experience within your dental clinic can be improved by extending patient care through to the checkout. Collaboration of advanced payment technology and the oath to do right by your patients is certain to result in a seamless level of service, and consistency of care, in every element of your customer’s experience. By implementing any...
07/06/2016 01:17 PM
The Rewards and Sacrifices of Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice
Becoming an emergency dental practice can be very rewarding, both financially and emotionally. Emergency dentists become open to new patients and can help people who are suffering on short notice. Of course, there are personal and professional sacrifices that come with operating an emergency practice. If you are considering taking on patients, it’s important to...
06/16/2016 10:46 AM
How Rethinking Your Practice Atmosphere Can Decrease Patient Apprehension and Anxiety
Patient anxiety is something dentists deal with on a daily basis. It’s true that many patients are soothed by a reassuring dentist or sedation dentistry. However, for those with higher levels of anxiety, the mere sight of a waiting room could cause panic attacks. At its worst, patient anxiety could erupt into belligerence, angry outbursts...