Let’s face it, the dentist office is not the first place people tend to want to go. Most dental procedures are not painful but even just examining someone’s teeth can cause a level of anxiety. Dental fear and dental anxiety is a problem that faces as many as 20% of Americans. Unfortunately the problem often snowballs, the less people go (or never at all) the worse and more serious any potential problems will tend to be. This is why at Drs. Boyd we take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and we take away their anxiety. Here we will discuss what brings about dental phobia and how we can deal with it!
What Causes Fear of the Dentist?
There are many different reasons that people feel stressed
at the dental office. Some of the
reasons are fear of pain, fear of injection or the injection won’t anesthetize
the area. Many people also have a
feeling of being helpless and a loss of personal space. Some people feel embarrassed if they have
problems because of the social stigma behind unhealthy teeth. Regardless of the reason the Drs. Boyd have
many ways to manage dental phobias and make for a comfortable, pleasant
Pain is Not Relative
Pain is a huge factor in dental anxiety and not everyone
experiences pain the same way. Some things
that seem like nothing to one person can be severe for another. There are a number of different factors that
impact how someone perceives pain. For example, people with red hair have a
greater pain experience than people without red hair. What matters?
If you feel pain, we believe you and we will do what we have to so that
you don’t! The days of the dentist
making you suffer through a procedure or saying its not so bad are GONE.
Talk About It!
Bringing dental anxiety out into the open is a great way to alleviate
most of your stress. Even on your first
call to our office, bring it up to our team. It is important to discuss with Dr. Boyd what about
dentistry makes you nervous. This brings
the fear out into the open and we can begin to discuss how we will manage it! Having an open dialog with your dentist will
also establish trust. Something we hold
in high regard.
Breathing and relaxation techniques can be an excellent way
to relieve stress and anxiety. Inhale
slowly and deep through your nose. While
doing this make sure to keep your muscles relaxed. Exhale through your mouth slowly while again
keeping everything relaxed. Another
trick is to focus breathing through your belly.
Breath in and expand your abdomen while keeping your chest relatively
still. Also having an equal time
inhaling and exhaling, helps focus your breathing and increase oxygen.
When we need a little more, the Drs. Boyd have other methods such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many people but the Drs. Boyd can manage it and make your experience a comfortable and relaxing one!
Call us at (212)755-9055 to schedule your visit with us.
Generally speaking, a clean mouth is a healthy mouth. Keeping
your teeth and gums free of harmful bacteria prevents decay and helps you
maintain fresh breath. It can even play a role in preventing significant
overall health problems. Since October is National dental hygiene month, it is
the perfect time to pause to consider how you are doing at maintaining a clean
mouth. It may also be the ideal time for you to schedule a professional
cleaning and dental checkup in Midtown East. In this post, we’ll discuss the
importance of oral hygiene and how you and your dentist can work to keep your
smile clean, healthy, and beautiful.
Fitness has become such an important part of all of our
lives. We lift weights, take classes and
participate in all sorts of recreational sports. Lets face it, accidents happen but serious
injury to our teeth can be avoided with a custom mouth guard.
Why Wear a Mouthguard?
Wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth from serious
injury. Custom mouthguards can protect
from cracks, chips and from losing your teeth.
In the United States, greater than 5 million teeth are avulsed per
year! That’s a lot of lost teeth. A mouthguard can also prevent soft tissue
injuries like cuts to your lips that need stitches. A custom sports guard has also been shown to
prevent jaw injury and reduce the risk of brain injuries. It is so important to take every step possible
to reduce the chance and severity of concussions. This is especially so in children and
What Type of Mouthguard Should We Wear?
Any type of mouthguard is better than no mouthguard but
having a custom made mouthguard has so many more benefits. We start by capturing a 3D image of your
teeth using our 3D scanner. No longer
are the days of filling bulky trays with goopy impression material. We custom design the mouthguard to your
specific needs. Not every sport requires
the highest level of protection so we can customize thickness to give
additional support. From mountain biking
to muay thai, we have your teeth covered.
What Are Some Other Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard?
Custom mouthguards not only protect our teeth but they also
other added benefits. Custom mouthguards
are designed for your mouth and not bulky like an over the counter
mouthguard. This means that you will be
able to breath better during exercise!
Better breathing means better performance. Wearing a mouthguard actually allows athletes
to play harder with better results. Many
studies have shown that athletes wearing a custom mouthguard can generate more
force and power than those that are not wearing a guard. This is one of the many reasons we see so
many professional athletes wearing custom guards. (Think baseball players at
To schedule your visit with us for your custom made sports
guard, call us at 212-755-9055 or email at email@example.com
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There are SO many “tips and tricks” for teeth whitening. I am here to remove some of the myths about bleaching your teeth.
Whitening Toothpaste Whitens Teeth
The reason why there is no clear recommended whitening
toothpaste from dentists is that none of them really work. At least for what patients are looking
for. Toothpaste in general contains an
abrasive that serves to help microscopically scrape away plaque and
tartar. Whitening toothpastes have
additives that can remove some minor surface staining but to get at the yellow
core of the tooth you need something that will absorb deeply into the tooth.
Bleaching Your Teeth is Bad for Them
This is a common misconception. Whitening your teeth is not dangerous for your teeth when done in a controlled way with your doctor at Drs. Boyd. Unfortunately, there are some side effects which include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Tooth sensitivity is difficult to predict from patient to patient. Generally it can be minimized with careful protection of the sensitive root areas and exposed dentin. Gum irritation can occur with poorly fitting whitening trays or over the counter whitening strips. When the whitening gel sits on the gum tissue for a prolonged period it burns the tissue and is painful.
Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide Whitens and Cleans Teeth
This is simply false.
Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial and is actually
damaging to your gum tissue. Hydrogen
peroxide is good at initially cleaning our cuts that we get outside of our
mouth. We should not be rinsing with it.
Charcoal Toothpaste Whitens and is Good for Your Teeth
Activated charcoal has many health benefits! Unfortunately,
they aren’t found by putting them in a toothpaste. According to a study in the British Dental
Journal, the charcoal added in the toothpaste is nothing more than a marketing
gimmick. None of the products are
actually shown to be of any benefit for what they say they can do. It doesn’t whiten teeth. It may remove surface stain but so does
regular toothpaste and at a fraction of the cost.
In Office Whitening is Better than Professional At-Home Whitening
This is actually false.
Single visit in office whitening is just as effective as at home
whitening. The main difference is the
concentration of the whitening gel that is used. The benefit is that you can have whiter teeth
in one quick visit in about an hour and a half.
We use Philips Zoom whitening because we have had a the best whitening
results with that system. For patients
that have had sensitivity with the higher concentration gel, we can use a very
comfortable low concentration gel for a longer duration.
You Can Whiten Your Existing Crowns and Veneers
Unfortunately this is not true. Whitening gel cannot whiten existing
restorations of any kind. If you have
existing crowns and want a whiter smile we can replace them using state of the
art ceramic veneers and crowns that look like white natural teeth.
You Can’t Whiten Your Teeth in a Day
You can professionally whiten your teeth in as little as an
hour and a half. Using Philips Zoom
whitening, we can lighten teeth up to 8 shades.
So if you have a big social event and want a fast bright smile, this is
the way to go.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would
like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our
office at 212-755-9055. You may also
reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People want whiter and brighter smiles these days. We are all being bombarded with every facet
of teeth whitening product from over the counter whitening strips to activated
charcoal. Drs. Boyd wants to clear up
the confusion on bleaching teeth and answer our most common questions from
Why are my teeth yellow?
Nobody likes yellow looking teeth. Also, the more coffee, tea, red wine and other highly pigmented foods we consume, the more yellow and dark they get. So, what is in our teeth that makes them dark? Teeth have color producing molecules called “chromophores”. These molecules give the dark stains to our teeth. The more dark foods and beverages we consume the darker these chromophores become.
How do teeth get whiter?
Whitening occurs when the chromophores in our teeth are
broken down by diffusion of a whitening gel into the tooth. The gel oxidizes the chromophores and removes
their color. The oxidation of the
chromophores leave us with a white and bright tooth.
So how can I actually get my teeth whiter?
The best way to bleach our teeth is with professional teeth whitening at Drs. Boyd. We use a combination of in-office Zoom whitening and at-home whitening to establish a long lasting white smile. At your whitening appointment we use a high strength, light activate peroxide gel on your teeth. The whole process takes about an hour and a half. After your visit, you will follow special protocol at home using your custom made trays. This combination of procedures leads to a long lasting whiter smile.
Am I a candidate for whitening?
Most people with otherwise healthy teeth are candidates for whitening their teeth as long as they are over the age of 15. Whitening becomes difficult when patients have many tooth colored fillings on the front teeth or crowns and bridges as these types of restorations do not change color.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is temporary tooth
sensitivity. The sensitivity usually
subsides after 24-48 hours of whitening and is not a permanent issue. Although it can be annoying, it is not an
indication that something is wrong. We help
prevent this sensitivity by having our patients use Sensodyne toothpaste 1 week
prior and apply a sensitivity preventing gel in your custom trays after your
in-office whitening procedure.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at (212) 755-9055. You may also reach us by email at email@example.com.
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Your brain is the center of everything you are. It stores
your memories, enables you to make decisions, processes your emotions,
determines your personality, and so much more. This precious organ is worth
every effort you make to protect it. Research has shown that regular exercise,
learning new things, and eating a healthy diet can all play a role in
preventing Alzheimer’s. But did you know that gum disease treatment in Midtown
East could also help you keep your brain healthy and functioning? Because June
is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, now is the perfect time for us to
talk about the fascinating connection between your gums and your risk of
National Smile Month, which runs from May 13 to June 13,
2019, is a campaign designed to encourage people to pay extra attention to
their oral health. It is the ideal time for you to consider if you are doing
everything you can to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. Or, this month
might remind you about the cosmetic flaws in your smile that you haven’t gotten
around to fixing yet. In either case, a visit to your dentist in Midtown East
can help you achieve your goals for your precious smile.
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately,
however, various factors can shorten their lifespan. Decay or trauma might
endanger your teeth and lead to the need for extractions. How can you protect
your pearly whites and help them to endure for decades to come? Since May is
National Save Your Tooth Month, now is the perfect time for you to think about
how you can protect your precious, natural smile. Here are some useful tips
from your dentist in Midtown East:
Too many people believe that they are impervious to the
threat of cancer. Oral cancer, in particular, doesn’t always get the attention
it deserves. While it is neither the most common nor the most talked about form
of cancer, it is a widespread problem
that touches countless lives each year. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness
Month, now is the perfect time to think about how you can protect yourself from
this devastating disease. One way in which you can do so is by visiting your
dentist for an oral
cancer screening in Midtown East. Let’s talk about why getting screened is
Whether you’re engaging in casual conversation with friends
and family, listening to the radio, or trying to safely cross the street, your
hearing is an invaluable asset. You can protect your hearing by avoiding
prolonged exposure to loud noises, caring for your overall health, and making
sure that you maintain a clean mouth. Yes, a dental
checkup in Midtown East may be one of the keys to keeping your sense of
hearing operating at its best. Let’s discuss the fascinating link between your
oral health and your ability to hear.