Taking The Pain Out Of Seeing The Dentist

To many people, the word “dentist” brings about fear, as it is synonymous with anxiety when seeing the dentist. Many movies and TV shows portray dental appointments as frightening, with the actor dreading the experience, or complaining afterwards.

For those patients who find themselves reluctant to visit the dentist, consider seeing a dentist with a modern practice, who will cater to the fears you may have. There are also many alternative practices and distraction techniques available in modern dentistry to help alleviate your nervousness.

Overall, you shouldn’t put off seeing the dentist because of your fears. Consider making just a consultation appointment first, and if you are comfortable with the practice and the dentist, then move forward with the exam, cleaning, etc., don’t let your fears stand in the way of a healthy smile any longer!

What’s On YOUR Toothbrush?

Have you ever wondered what’s on your toothbrush? Chicago Dentist Dr. Nada Zayzafoon from ABC Dental explains the dirty truth….

Your toothbrush is like a petri dish. It carries around microscopic bacteria, and commonly transfers the bacteria to other neighboring toothbrushes.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry,

“toothbrush contamination most often occurs as families keep their brushes together on a counter or in an open holder in the bathroom. Toothbrushes stored open are also vulnerable to airborne bacteria including E.Coli.”

So what can YOU do to keep a clean brush?

  • First of all replace your brush every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles appear worn.
  • Clean and dry the toothbrush each time you use it and store it upright INSIDE the medicine cabinet. If you share the container to store them, do not let them touch. Consider purchasing a bristle cover, as long as it has holes to allow air to circulate.
  • Finally, NEVER share your toothbrush!