Dental Blog

Did you know that Dental anxiety is a common affliction, and some people even have a dental phobia! Often anxiety and phobias prevent people from going to the dentist and this results in dental and oral problems that could have been prevented.

If you suffer from fear, anxiety, or stress from a dental office or cleaning, or fear needles, dental office noises, or other things which have caused you to miss regular cleanings in the past, please let us know. We have several things that we can do to help ease your discomfort, including sedation dentistry.

Signs of dental anxiety include sweating, a racing heart rate, low blood pressure or fainting, panic attacks, or coping mechanisms, such as humor or aggression. We are very familiar with the different ways this anxiety manifests itself and we want to work with you to make sure your visit is comfortable. Some of our patients have used headphones to listen to music, worn darn sunglasses, or requested times when our office is less busy to help them manage during a dental visit. It is our hope that we can make everyone feel at ease when they receive an exam or treatment here at Parkview, and that begins with communication.

Some other conditions, including PTSD, or other mental health conditions can also cause a person to have trepidation about dental care. We are here to help—just let us know and we will work with you. Dental health is imperative to your overall well-being and worth making whatever arrangements and accommodations possible.

Call Parkview Dental at 480.818.9016 to schedule your next appointment.

Dental Cleanings are not high on anyone’s list of favorite ways to spend an hour. No one likes to be prodded with someone peering into their mouth. Top that off with strange noise, and occasionally some discomfort, and it is easy to understand why not too many people come skipping into our dental office!

However… for most, a teeth cleaning is simple and painless, and knowing what is happening during the dental cleaning can ease fears and calm anxiety.

First, you will be greeted and shown to an exam room where you will be given a dental physical exam. Generally, these exams are performed by a dental hygienist who will use a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums, checking for signs of gingivitis and other issues. Anything they note, they will record for the dentist.

Next, the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth, using a tool called a scaler, around the gum line and between teeth. Remember that regular brushing and flossing will stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar… (So, to make this part of the cleaning faster and more comfortable, keep up on your at-home dental care).

After the plaque removal, the hygienist will use a professional mechanical brush with a gritty toothpaste to deep clean each of your teeth fronts, backs, tops, bottoms, and any sides that can be reached and finishes it off with an expert cleaning and then will ask you to rinse to get your mouth nice and clean.

Your hygienist may ask the dentist to come in and check your teeth and mouth at any time during this process depending on the dentist’s schedule, but it usually happens after the brushing and flossing. The dentist will confirm any observations the hygienist made, such as gum disease, or cavities and discuss treatment options with you.

The last step is a fluoride treatment which is just brushed onto your teeth and dries quickly. The fluoride treatment protects your teeth from future cavities.

Call Parkview Dental at 480.818.9016 to schedule your next appointment.

Does your Dental Insurance Plan run out at the end of the year? Many people don’t know much about their policies, including when they end. With a little research and a plan, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars by using your dental insurance before the end of the year on things you need.

Yearly Maximum

First, you should check your insurance to see what your yearly maximum is. The yearly maximum is the most money the dental insurance will pay in a full year. Depending on your coverage, this could be around $1,000 and it renews each year. (For many people this is January). Unused benefits do not roll over, so using the full amount benefits your… these are YOUR benefits.

Deductible

Next, you should look at what your deductible is. The deductible is the amount of money you must pay the dentist before the insurance begins to pay. This is a fee that varies by plan, provider, and service, however, the average deductible is around $50. Your deductible starts again when your plan renews.

Premiums

Premiums are what you pay each month, and this often comes right out of your paycheck. If you are paying into a dental plan, it makes sense to use the plan, at the very least, on routine cleanings.

Do you need help figuring out your dental insurance benefits? We may be able to help. Feel free to give us at 480.818.9016 a call to see if an appointment before the end of the year (vs. after) is in your best interest!

The dental aisle is full of choices of mouthwashes. So how do you choose?

There are several types of mouthwash – and you may choose to use one or all of them for different reasons. However, first, check the label! The American Dental Association (ADA) gives their seal of acceptance to products after evaluating the products for safety and efficacy. You can be assured these products do what they claim and are safe to use.

Here are the different types of Mouthwash on the market:

1. Antiseptic Mouthwash

Antiseptic mouthwash usually contains alcohol and is mostly used to stop the bacterial growth that causes cavities and bad breath. Used with the proper brushing of teeth and flossing, this is an excellent way to keep your mouth and teeth clean.

2. Fluoride Mouthwash

Fluoride mouthwash contains sodium fluoride which helps protect the teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride mouthwash used after antiseptic mouthwash can counter-act the acidity of the antiseptic and protect the teeth. Since fluoride can be toxic in large amounts, it is important to always spit out the mouthwash.

3. Cosmetic Mouthwash

A cosmetic mouthwash has no medicinal purpose. Its sole purpose is to freshen your breath and mask bad breath.

Many people choose to use all of these mouthwashes, for various reasons. If you have questions on which mouthwash brand or type is best for you (or in what order) please remember to ask at your next appointment. We love great dental questions, and each person’s situation varies.

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