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    Strategies for Beating Dental Anxiety

    Last updated 2 days 21 hours ago

    There are many different reasons why people are anxious about going to the dentist. However, there are ways to combat this anxiety and have a successful and comfortable dentist appointment. Here are a few strategies for beating dental anxiety.

    Honesty
    One of the most important steps in beating dental anxiety is being open and honest with your dentist. Do not be embarrassed when talking to your dentist about things that make you uncomfortable; your dentist is a trained professional who is there to help you and make you comfortable. The better you communicate with your dentist, the better able he or she will be to provide the best treatment for your needs. Remember that you and your dentist are a team and you can make decisions together.

    Sedation
    Modern technology now provides an incredible tool for combatting dental anxiety: sedation dentistry. This type of dentistry involves the oral or intravenous administration of sedatives. Certain sedatives can also be inhaled. These sedatives relax the patient and provide comfort throughout the dental procedure. This is a safe practice and is very effective for people who suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can help you get through hours of dental treatment in what feels like mere minutes, even if you are anxious beforehand.

    Distraction
    Another method for beating dental anxiety is to distract yourself. A significant portion of anxiety is based on your attention, so distractions can be immensely helpful. It is a good idea to bring a music player so you can listen to your favorite songs and calm yourself. If the sounds of dental tools make you anxious, your music will help you to relax by preventing you from hearing them.

    For more strategies for beating dental anxiety, call the office of Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS at (646) 461-6582. We’re happy to offer high-quality services, including lip repositioning, dental extractions, and periodontics. For more information about Dr. Kaner and our New York City practice, feel free to visit our website.

     

    Smile Home Care 101

    Last updated 8 days ago

    In order to maintain a beautiful and functional set of teeth, it is important to care for your mouth properly at home. While it is essential to regularly see your dentist, the state of your smile also depends on your day-to-day activities. Read on to learn how to take care of your smile at home.

    Brushing
    Not only is it important to brush your teeth two times per day, but it is also crucial that you brush your teeth effectively, using proper methods and techniques. Most people like to use soft-bristled toothbrushes because they can effectively clean teeth without being too abrasive. Use a small dot of toothpaste and hold your toothbrush at a slanted angle against your gum line. Then, brushing each tooth in a circular motion, work your way around the front and back faces of your teeth. As for the chewing surfaces, you can brush them straight on. Brush your tongue from back to front, and then rinse out your mouth with water or mouthwash.

    Flossing
    Make sure you floss every day. Although it varies by the individual, most people use between 12 and 18 inches of floss. Wrap the floss around each of your middle fingers until only 2 inches or so remain between your fingers—you will use this area of floss to gently clean between your teeth. You should gently move the floss around your teeth in order to clean the gum line, using a new area of floss between each tooth.

    Eating
    Foods that are loaded with sugars and starches are known to cause tooth decay. Try to avoid or cut down on sodas, cookies, chips, sugary snacks, and even dried fruits. The longer your teeth are exposed to these foods, the more damage can be done, so be sure to rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth as soon as you can after enjoying these foods.

    While it is very important to take care of your teeth on your own, it is also important to regularly see your dentist. Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS is an implant dentist and periodontist who serves the New York City area with high-quality implants and extractions as well as lip repositioning and periodontic treatments. For more information about our NYC office, please visit our website or call (646) 461-6582.

     

    Understanding Moderate Periodontitis

    Last updated 15 days ago

    There are many negative effects that can occur when you fail to practice proper oral hygiene; one of these is moderate periodontitis. Watch this video for help in understanding moderate periodontitis.

    Moderate periodontitis may develop if you do not brush and floss your teeth adequately or frequently enough. Your gums can become infected and abscesses may develop as your gums recede away from your teeth. This can cause your teeth to appear longer and can allow even more debris and bacteria to eat away at your gums.

    If you believe you may have moderate periodontitis, turn to Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS for expert care. Dr. Kaner is a New York City-based implant dentist who specializes in lip repositioning, dental implants, and more. For additional information, please call (646) 461-6582. 

    How Often Should You Have a Dental Cleaning?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Just like brushing your teeth and flossing, dental cleanings and exams are essential to your oral health. These procedures allow your dental care team to take a closer look at your teeth in order to ensure that you are practicing proper dental hygiene.

    It is typically recommended that you have your teeth cleaned at least two times per year in order to make sure that your teeth are in good health. These visits can help to prevent any possible dental complications that may be in their early stages. Your dental hygienist can also use this time to remove plaque and tartar and polish your teeth. Additionally, you can be screened for oral cancer and gum disease as well as examined for tooth decay during this appointment.

    Are you due for a dental cleaning? Call the NYC office of Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS at (646) 461-6582. We are proud to serve the New York City area with dental implants and extractions, lip repositioning, and other periodontics.

    Eating Your Way to Whiter Teeth

    Last updated 27 days ago

    While there are plenty of whitening toothpastes and tooth bleaching procedures available, you can actually improve the brightness of your teeth in a natural way with the foods you eat. Watch this video to find out how to eat your way to whiter teeth.

    An apple a day may not only help keep the doctor away, but also help prevent tooth staining. The acid from apples can break down the stains and bacteria on your teeth, leaving a brighter smile behind. Lemons have a similar effect, but are much more potent—you can occasionally rub your teeth with lemons for a brighter shine, but do not do so too often. Milk can also keep your teeth white while helping to strengthen your enamel.

    Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS provides a range of periodontal and dental services in the Manhattan area. Our office provides lip repositioning, dental implants, dental extractions, and much more. If you would like to know more about Dr. Kaner or our services, give us a call at (646) 461-6582.

     

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