According to a study, almost 80% of Americans have some kind of fear about going to the dentist. And of those, between 5% and 14% experience intense anxiety or dentophobia, with people putting off their regular dental checkups or avoiding them altogether. This is why a focus on comfort for dental patients has advanced so much in the last few years.
But, thankfully, dentistry has come a long way over the last 15 years or so. Today, dentists are equipped with specialized degrees and knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment including lasers, digital photography, and 3-D imaging, as well as a deeper understanding of a patient’s physical and emotional needs.
At Triangle Family Dental, your comfort is a priority from the moment you walk through the door. They know how important oral health is to your long-term overall health, and aim to ensure that any anxiety about visiting the dentist is a thing of the past.
According to the American Dental Association, what happens in your mouth affects your entire body, including your heart, kidneys, and brain. Tooth decay, gum disease, and the resulting infections can lead to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, kidney failure, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Needless to say, regular dental checkups can make a huge difference to your long-term health.
The 5 Benefits of Healthy Teeth and Gums
There are a few significant benefits to looking after your teeth and gums. Dr. Khodadoust, or Dr. K as she’s affectionately called, shares 5 of them.
1. Dental checkups save you time and money in the long run.
Having regular dental checkups allows your dentist to monitor your overall oral health and be able to focus on preventative treatments. Preventative options are quicker and easier compared to some of the restorative treatments needed to correct long-term problems. They are also a lot more affordable than more involved procedures like root canal treatment and bridges.
2. A healthy mouth keeps bad breath away.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash will keep your mouth clean, and go a long way to preventing dental problems, like gingivitis (bad breath). But having your dentist do a professional polish and clean will ensure that problems like gingivitis don’t develop into bigger issues like gum disease, which can cause deeper problems with your gums and even your bones. .
3. And keeps the doctor away.
Looking after your teeth and gums will keep the doctor away too. The harmful bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream via infected gums and make their way through your body. This can lead to heart and kidney problems, diabetes, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Dental care removes plaque buildup.
Plaque is a fancy word for the accumulation of bacteria and food around your teeth. This build-up can lead to gingivitis, which is the first sign of gum disease. A good oral health routine that includes visits to the dentist will prevent this buildup, or remove it if necessary. Bacteria doesn’t just affect your teeth. Your tongue is a hotspot for bacteria, and Dr. K suggests you also keep it bacteria-free with regular brushing.
5. Your dentist can remove stains
Nothing shouts healthy like sparkling, white teeth, but over time certain food and drinks, like tea, coffee, and red wine, can stain your teeth. Even certain medications will discolor your teeth. Regular brushing is one of the most effective ways to maintain your pearly whites, but sometimes we need help. Your dentist can advise you about teeth-whitening processes, which can be done in the office or in the comfort of your home.
Advanced Comfort Dental Services
The team at Triangle Family Dental in Amherst, Massachusetts, specializes in advanced comfort. As a young child, Dr. K was scared of dentists, which is why she understands and has done everything possible to ensure patients feel comfortable—physically and emotionally.
This one-of-a-kind practice offers amenities such as sedation therapy, free wi-fi, use of headphones for personal devices, cold eye masks, knee and neck pillows, as well as a beverage center with tea, coffee, and water. For patients’ convenience, there is free parking, easy access to the bus route and wheelchair accessibility.
As part of Triangle Family Dental’s advanced comfort experience, prior to their appointments patients can choose any one of the treatments from the Comfort Menu. These include:
- A paraffin hand mask.
- Hot stone therapy.
- Essential oil therapy.
- Aromatherapy body lotion.
- Shea butter lip treatment.
- A hyperbaric chamber, which can be arranged by appointment.
This attention to detail means the most stressful part of your visit will be deciding which treatment to choose.
For people who are a little nervous of the dentist, and even for those who aren’t, visiting Triangle Family Dental is like going to your favorite spa, only better. Book your appointment today with Dr. K, Amherst’s specialist in advanced comfort.