5 Tips for Calming Your Dental Anxiety
Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas • Pinole, California
Missing dental appointments due to phobias not only can prolong your dental discomfort, but it can also add to your anxiety because you may feel guilty for missing dental offices.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you relax so you can get the care you need.
- Talk With Your Dentist
Having an open dialogue with your dentist can help you. Dentists understand that people have phobias about being at the dentist because they’ve helped other people like you.
- Chill Out with Music
Bring your music and headphones for your appointment. Music is especially useful if one of your specific anxiety triggers is the sound of the dental office. You may need to listen for directions from the dentist or team, so keep the volume at a reasonable level.
- Meditate into Tranquility
There are some great meditation apps where you can learn how to put yourself into a more relaxed state. The great thing about this is that it can help you with more than just your dental anxiety.
- Imagine Your Happy Place
This visualization technique can seem overly simple, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need. Just close your eyes, and imagine the one place in the world that makes you feel the most at ease. Imagine the park, the beach at sunset, or another scene in your mind and pretend you are there.
- Sedation Options
When being open with your dentist, listening to music, visualization, or mediation doesn’t help your dental anxiety; it’s time to consider sedation dentistry. Often with sedation dentistry, you’ll be relaxed enough that the dentist can provide you with the necessary treatments, and they can accomplish more in one appointment to prevent having to prolong how long the full treatment plan will take. It can be easier to know you have one significant appointment rather than several smaller appointments.
Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!
Dalia E. Perez, Pinole, CA
Chewing Your Nails
This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Placing your jaw in a protruding position for long periods of time can place pressure on it, which is associated with jaw dysfunction.
Solution: Stress reduction and holding something to keep your fingers busy if certain situations are triggering.
Brushing Too Hard
Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage your teeth and irritate your gums.
Solution: Use a soft toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance at the proper pressure. Don’t think ‘scrub’ think ‘massage’.
Grinding and Clenching
Grinding and clenching cause muscle tenderness and joint pain, not to mention chipping and cracking of the teeth.
Solution: A mouthguard at night can help along with relaxation exercises and staying aware. You will have less pain, soreness and tooth damage.
Chewing Ice Cubes
Most of the time the ice will break when crushed between your teeth, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break.
Solution: Drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you’re not tempted. The pleasure that comes from chewing ice is not as great as the risk of chewing it and breaking a tooth.
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Your teeth are not a pair of scissors, they are for eating. You put your teeth at risk for cracking or injuring your jaw when you use them as tools.
Solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth will thank you.
Dental Myths Debunked!
- “It doesn’t matter what time of day I brush.”
Brushing at certain times of the day does have an impact on your oral health. Brushing your teeth at night prevents food particles from sitting on our teeth which contributes to tooth decay over time. Brushing teeth in the morning fights bad breath and decay. It is recommended that you brush right after consuming foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates to prevent cavities.
- “Diet sodas are okay to drink because they don’t have sugar in them.”
The acid in diet soda eats away at enamel which can cause tooth sensitivity. Some people tend to slowly sip their sodas throughout the day, which is actually more hazardous. The bacteria in your mouth begins to work with the acid from the soda and attacks your enamel. Other beverages like orange juice can cause similar damage. The best alternative is water, vegetable juice and milk.
- “You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.”
You might be aware of the saying “prevention is better than cure.” What is relatively less heard of is that diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and more cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later. Altogether, prevention saves you both time and money in the long-run.
- “Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.”
There are many correlations between your mouth and body. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause other issues in your body.
Studies show there is a link between periodontal disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more.
Be Proactive About Your Dental Care
Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas in Pinole encourages you to seek preventative care to keep your teeth healthy. Putting off regular dental check-ups will likely lead to problems. A little time dedicated to caring for your teeth each day can save you time and money in the future.
If you’re experiencing problems or have questions about your oral health, request an appointment by calling 510-243-0213 today!
Why You Should Visit Your
Dentist This Winter Season
General Dentistry Pinole
Whatever your December festivities look like, Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to make sure you keep your oral health a priority even during all the holiday hustle and bustle. This time of year is actually an ideal time to schedule one of your bi-annual dental check-ups and here are some reasons why!
Winter Travel Plans – If you plan on taking a winter vacation, coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your trip will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Perez-Salinas can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your get away. Not getting a check-up before your vacation can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.
Flu Season is Here – If your body is busy fighting dental issues – even small cavities – your immune system can become compromised. Keeping up to date on regular dental visits and cleanings from Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, will help ensure your immune system is ready to keep you healthy during this flu season. If you find yourself battling a sickness this season chances are you taking over the counter medicines or cough drops. These remedies commonly contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup which can have very damaging effects on your tooth enamel. Make sure that part of your healing and recovery routine includes keeping your oral health a priority.
Greet the New Year With a Smile! – You would be surprised at all the benefits improving your oral health routine can have on your daily life and overall wellness. Schedule a check-up with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas to get a clear understanding of the goals you should set for the new year. Our team will give you the best advice to help improve your overall oral health as well as help ensure a healthy 2020!
If you or a loved one has been putting off a dental visit, winter may be the best time to get back on track. Call 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment today!
Fall Foods That are
Great For Your Teeth
General Dentistry Tips Pinole
The holidays are filled with lots of laughter over shared meals with the people you love and with so much to be thankful for this time of year, your oral health should one of them! Here are some delicious fall indulgences that both your mouth and your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will thank you for!
Know Your Seasonal Fruits – Fall produces some delicious seasonal fruits, like pears, persimmons and apples, to name just a few. These fruits are high in fiber, and their crispy, crunchy bite help naturally clean plaque from teeth while they’re being chewed. These raw treats are packed full of healthy vitamins which makes them a great source of nutrients for teeth and gums, so adding fresh fruits to your slice of pie can allow you to indulge a little while keeping your oral health a priority. These fruits are naturally sweet, so consider introducing them as an alternative to more sugar-filled or processed and packaged dessert options.
Pumpkin Is The Season’s Healthiest Craze – As trendy as pumpkin-spiced-everything is this time of year, Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas recommends avoiding the artificial flavors and indulging in the real deal. Pumpkin is a nutritionally rich seasonal superfood, packed with oral health benefits. This veggie is filled with mouth-friendly nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. The versatility of pumpkin makes it a great addition to both sweet and savory recipes while boosting the nutritional value of the meal.
Choose Nuts and Seeds This Harvest Season – This time of year offers a large variety of nuts and seeds to snack on. Crunchy snacks like this are great for oral health because they natural scrub your teeth and tongue of any plaque and debris. Roasting Pumpkin seeds is a seasonal tradition and a great way to get essential vitamins and nutrients, like calcium and iron, that help your teeth stay strong.
Now that you know the benefits of some seasonal foods, you can feel even better about indulging this fall and through the upcoming holidays. By choosing whole foods and avoiding processed and sugar-filled options, your overall health and smile will shine!
If you have questions about how to incorporate better food choices that will help maintain good oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
How Your Dentist
General Dentistry Pinole
Learn how Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas makes the idea of a healthy Halloween less scary with these tips – and tricks!
Wait Until The Last Minute
Our team has no problem celebrating Halloween all month long, but the one thing Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests putting off the longest is buying the candy. Keeping bite size candies out of the home or office for as long as possible will mean you will have less temptation. Halloween is technically only one day a year, but if you want to celebrate sooner, do so without the sugar. The more sugars you eat, the more damage it can cause to your tooth enamel, ultimately leaving you defenseless to cavities.
Beware Of The PSL Trend
Did you know one medium (grande) Pumpkin Spice Latte has 50 grams of sugar, 380 calories and 52 grams of carbs? That’s almost 50% of the suggested carbohydrates for a day and double the amount of sugar in one cup! If you can’t say no to your annual PSL treat there are simple ways to cut the calories and sugar:
- Order only 2 pumps of pumpkin syrup (half the normal amount) and save 15 grams of sugar
- Save around 70 calories by passing on the whip cream
- Order a small (short) instead of a medium (grande) to cut out 170 calories
Boooo At The Guilt Trip, Celebrate!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween by including healthy versions of your favorite treats, like warm cider made with real apples and spiced cinnamon sticks, or adding fiber packed pureed pumpkin to your pancake mix. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas avoids dried fruits, as they contain much more sugar than raw fruits, and they are sticky and sugary on teeth. And feel free to indulge a little with some dark chocolate. Yes! Eat the chocolate! The higher the cocoa content, or the darker the chocolate, the better. If you can’t find the time to brush your teeth after your chocolate treat, make sure to rinse your mouth with water to help remove excess sugar or debri that could harm your tooth enamel.
To learn more about how sugary halloween treats affects your teeth and how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!
September: National Gum Care Month!
General Dentistry Pinole
In honor of National Gum Care Month Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.
Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.
Early signs of gum disease are:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
- Gum noticeably receding from teeth
- Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
- Changes in bite
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.
The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Pinole dentist at 510-243-0213 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding FAQ
Cosmetic Dentistry Pinole
If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, and are nervous about extensive dental procedures, cosmetic tooth bonding may be the perfect solution to get you the attractive, well-balanced smile you’ve always wanted. Repairing chipped teeth, small cracks, uneven spacing, and other cosmetic dental problems can be simple and affordable with cosmetic dental bonding.
Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will add a small amount of natural-looking material to the tooth in need of repair and then finely sculpt this cosmetic bond into the ideal shape, so your teeth look flawless. All materials used in the procedure are state of the art, the bond is made using the same durable material that we use for tooth-colored fillings and a harmless UV-Light is used to harden the bond in place.
The entire cosmetic bonding process takes Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas just minutes, and requires no numbing injections or sedation. Thanks to the skills and training of cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas this simple procedure can be completed in one visit and requires no major changes to your dental hygiene routine after you leave the office.
Everyone’s smile is unique and deserves customized care from a highly trained professional like Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas. Call 510-243-0213 to schedule your consultation today and find out if cosmetic dental bonding is good for you.
Dental Emergency Travel Tips
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No one ever plans on having a dental emergency, especially while on vacation! Whether you are traveling for fun or for work it’s important to know what you can do if one pops up on your itinerary. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas has some tips that can ensure you are prepared for common dental accidents.
- Research: Any small accident or issue can develop into an emergency if left untreated, so your first step in preparing for potential dental travel emergencies is to research the area for local same-day or emergency dentists, should your require urgent care.
- Toothache: A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth and is a very common dental emergency. Make sure to pack some Tylenol or aspirin to help in comforting the pain. If the pain becomes severe, lasts for longer than 24 hours or if you see signs of swelling, contact a local emergency dentist promptly.
- Chipped or fractured tooth: After a tooth is chipped or cracked rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to combat potential swelling. If you break a tooth you should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch for the remained of your trip. If the fracture is painful or if swelling lasts longer than 24 hours contact a local urgent care dentist.
- Adult tooth falls out: If a permanent adult tooth is knocked out you will need to go directly to an emergency dentist. While in route try to place the tooth back in place and hold it there. If that’s not impossible, take care to not touch the root of the dislodged tooth and put the tooth in a container of milk or water if milk is not available. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases after about 30 minutes so immediate response is crucial.
- Tongue or lip laceration: Biting or lacerating your tongue or lip may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding, and any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. If bleeding or swelling persists or pain is severe contact a local emergency dentist immediately.
Most importantly, visit Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas before your trip! Coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your travel plans will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Perez-Salinas can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your plans. Not getting a check-up before your trip can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.
Planning your next adventure? Call Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 to schedule a check-up today!
Mothers Day Gifts Everyone
Will Smile About
General Dentistry Pinole
This year get the mother figure in your life a gift that shows them how much you love their smile! Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas has a couple suggestions that will promote oral health that they will love.
A Reusable Straw
A reusable straw is an inexpensive way to help support oral health and our environment. Using straws helps protect your tooth enamel from the negative effects caused by sugars, acids or syrups found in many beverages . Having a plastic free and reusable utensil helps eliminate plastic pollution threatening our oceans and aquatic friends.
A Healthy Dessert
Spoil them with treats that will satisfy their sweet tooth and won’t compromise their oral health. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggest fresh berries, because they packed with vitamin C and fiber. But if candy is a must, pass on hard candies and chewy taffies and choose chocolates instead! Chocolate dissolves fast, minimizing the amount of time it stays on teeth.
An Electric Toothbrush
Give them a gift of perfectly clean teeth everyday. Some clinical studies have shown that an electric toothbrush removes plaque from your teeth and gums 21% more effectively than manual brushing. If you choose to gift them a new electric toothbrush, Pinole dentists Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests making sure the brush is round, and has an oscillating head. Plus an electric brush with a 1 or 2 minute timer can be helpful to ensure they are brushing for the appropriate amount of time, everytime.
A Convenient Travel Size Oral Health Kit
Put together an small kit of everyday essentials like sugar free gum, floss, and a travel toothbrush. This is an easy way to show you care about their health and want to help make their daily routine easier.
Give your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas a call today at 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment or to get more dental tips!