Fear of the Dentist Just May be Thing of the Past

By: Patricia Woloch

The mere mention of the word "dentist" often strikes not just anxiety, but fear, in the hearts (and mouths) of millions of Americans. I'm sure we all know someone who has not been to the dentist in years, if not decades, due to terrifying thoughts of the dentist wielding his torturous drill. And maybe that "someone" is you.

If you are one of the millions Americans who have not been to a dentist in years because you are afraid of what will happen to you there, you will be happy to learn that what happens during a dental visit has changed dramatically in recent years. In many dental offices today, you will experience no pain whatsoever, and you may even get to watch one of your favorite DVD's, have a vanilla latte, and fall asleep during a head/neck massage by one of the dentist's assistants.

There are many specializations in the field of dentistry including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and neuromuscular dentistry. Some dentists choose to specialize in just one of those areas, while other dentists prefer focusing on two or all of those specialties.

General dentistry is the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the mouth, maxillofacial area, and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, focuses on improving the aesthetic appearance of a person's teeth, mouth and smile. When you can find a dentist who specializes in both general and cosmetic dentistry, you have provided yourself with the opportunity to have not only a healthy mouth but a beautiful, dazzling smile that will be the envy of all your friends.

Before any cosmetic work can be done to your teeth and gums, the health of your mouth must be in tip-top shape. With general dentistry, your dentist can make sure your teeth and smile are healthy and can identify potential problems before they turn into serious issues that could endanger the life of your teeth and/or gums in the future. General dentistry treats numerous dental issues including but not limited to the following:

?Routine cleanings with x-rays
?Bad breath
?Gum disease
?Missing teeth
?Chipped or worn teeth
?Sleep problems
? and sleep apnea
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A highly trained and compassionate general dentist will understand your fears about having dental work done, and he and his staff will work hard to allay those fears and make your visit as comfortable and pain-free as possible. With the advances in treatment options available today and the innovations in dental technology, there is no reason to avoid the dentist. It is time for you to take care of your teeth as well as you take care of the rest of your body, or better!

You will be amazed at the number of health problems that are related to the health of your mouth and teeth. Some patients suffer for decades with migraine-like headaches, neck and jaw pain, tingling in the fingers, and ringing in the ears only to find out those symptoms are classic symptoms of a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), which is really just a misaligned bite that can be treated by your dentist! Treatment success for TMD patients is very high, and many patients finally find relief from their painful symptoms after years of being treated by doctors and taking pain medications to no avail!

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