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Posts for: February, 2015

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Three quarters of people surveyed have admitted to having some fear about going to the dentist. About 10% to 15% are so afraid that they never go. Because they put off checkups and treatment they end up with toothaches, infections, and even lost teeth.

You should know that even those who are most afraid of the dentist can learn to reduce their fear and have dental treatment in comfort.

How does fear of the dentist get started?
Fear is learned behavior. People may learn it from stories they have heard from their parents or others, or they may learn it first hand by having a bad dental experience. Once the fear is planted, they avoid going to the dentist, so there is no way for them to learn that a visit can be a positive experience.

If you are among those who fear going to the dentist, the fearful feelings you have can be enough to reinforce themselves. Sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, and a queasy stomach are not pleasant, and if you experience such feelings they may be your main memories after an appointment, even if the visit was not frightening in itself.

Dental fear can be a subconscious automatic response. This means that you can't control it and make it go away. But there are things you can do to reduce your fear and feel comfortable during your appointment.

Move slowly and get help to conquer your fears.
You need to have new, positive experiences to counteract the bad experiences you had in the past. Realize that you are not alone, many people share this fear. Then talk about your fears with our office. We will start by doing things that cause only mild or no anxiety. You want each visit to be a good experience, so you are able to leave our office with a feeling that this was okay, and you can do it again. It may take a while to train yourself to get over your fears, but we have helped many people accomplish this — and you can, too.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about any fears you may have. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overcoming Dental Fear & Anxiety.”


By The Dental Artists
February 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out more about this cosmetic treatment and what it actually entails.

So, you’re interested in getting a whiter smile? Perhaps you’ve been using whitening toothpastes and rinses but haven’t seen the results you really want. But now you’re ready to take the plunge into professional teeth whitening to see just how white yourTeeth Whitening Bolingbrook dentist can get your smile in only one visit. However, before you undergo this simple procedure, we want to demystify the teeth whitening process.

Myth #1: Teeth whitening gel weakens teeth.

Since teeth whitening treatments became popular, there has been a great deal discussion about whether the bleaching agent we use can damage teeth.

As many dentists will tell you, the gel we use will not cause any damage to the tooth or its enamel. While the gel might seem powerful when it comes to fighting stains, it’s actually gentle on the tooth itself. However, if you opt for an at-home teeth whitening option, always be sure to follow the directions exactly to prevent issues.

Myth #2: Teeth whitening works on all stains.

Professional in-office teeth whitening can give you a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter, but keep in mind that teeth whitening only works on external or surface stains, which are often yellow. Teeth whitening is not effective at getting rid of internal stains caused by trauma. If you are dealing with internal stains, there are other, better cosmetic dentistry options for you.

Myth #3: Teeth whitening causes tooth sensitivity.

While it’s true that your teeth may experience some sensitivity during the treatment process, this is usually only true for those who already experience day-to-day sensitivity. And for those who do have sensitive teeth, your Bolingbrook dentist offers different whitening gels to tailor your treatment exactly to your smile. Just be sure to let us know that you have sensitive teeth so we can use a more gentle bleaching gel.

If you are interested in getting a whiter smile, then it’s time to opt for teeth whitening from your Bolingbrook dentist. Call Dr. Keith Kalmanek at The Dental Artists to schedule your whitening session and get one step closer to a whiter smile.


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Actor Michael Douglas shocked TV audiences across the country when he announced on the David Letterman Show in 2010 that he has stage IV oral cancer. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread and his radiation and chemotherapy treatments were successful. This year, Douglas teamed up with the Oral Cancer Foundation to warn others about the dangers of the disease and the importance of early detection. In particular, he wants younger people to know that even if they don't smoke and drink a lot, as he admitted to Letterman that he did, they are still at risk.

As Douglas states in a PSA he made with the foundation, “the fastest growing segment of the people developing oral cancers are young, non smokers.” That's due to a strain of the Human Papilloma Virus known as HPV16 that can be transmitted through oral sex. So it's important to avoid risky sexual behaviors and to be screened regularly for this devastating disease that claims one life every hour in the U.S., according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

An oral cancer screening is a simple visual and tactile exam done right here at the dental office. We will feel your neck for lumps and inspect your lips and all inside surfaces of the mouth, including the back of your throat, for any suspicious signs. If any are found, a biopsy (laboratory analysis of a tissue sample) can be ordered.

Most oral cancers are “squamous” (small scale-shaped) cell carcinomas that occur in the lining of the mouth and are often preceded by recognizable changes (lesions) of the oral membranes. White or red patches begin to form in the pre-cancerous stage, and as the cancer develops, a non-healing ulcer may appear. If you notice any such changes in your mouth, please let us know.

Michael Douglas ends his PSA with the following plea: “So please, the next time you visit your dentist or your medical doctor, ask for this simple screening. Finding oral cancer in its earliest stages may save your life.” We agree, which is why we always perform this screening during your regular dental check-up. If it's been a while since your last appointment, please come in and see us.

If you would like more information about oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about the disease in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”