10 Reasons Why The Dentist Isn’t As Scary As You Think!
Sometimes, children tend to be afraid of dentist appointments. If your child has anxiety about their appointment with the staff of Progressive Family Dentistry, take time to read them these reasons why the Dentist isn’t as scary as they think!
Dentists are people, just like you!
Has your parents ever told you not do be afraid of a doctor or a teacher because they are human, just like you? Well, so is Dr. Corella! We all have our fears, but the dentist shouldn’t be yours! Dr. Corella will make sure that your experience at Progressive Family Dentistry will be fun!
They are trying to help you take care of yourself!
Your teeth are so important! The Progressive Family team just wants to make sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible! Your appointment will go smoothly if you have been brushing and flossing just like your parents tell you to!
Dr. Corella loves kids and wants to make sure your smile is the best!
As one of the best Dentists in the Summerville area, Dr. Corella is on a mission to make sure your smile is the best! You could even say he is a tooth superhero! He is saving the world from plaque and unhealthy gums! You can be a superhero too, by being brave and visiting the office for your appointments!
They wouldn’t do anything to hurt you
You may be a little scared of what will happen. You can always ask the dental hygienist what they plan on doing during your appointment, as well as if your Mom or Dad can go back with you to hold your hand. The dental hygienists have your safety in mind and want to make you as comfortable as possible. You can even bring your favorite stuffed animal if you are still scared.
The average appointment lasts about an hour
It won’t last forever. The time will pass and your appointment will be over before you even realize it! When it’s over you’ll wonder what you were even afraid of!
Don’t be afraid of the tools
If you are scared of the cleaning tools the dental hygienists are using, ask them questions! They will tell you what each does so you feel comfortable. None of the tools are meant to hurt you, just provide you with great dental care!
Ask the dental hygienist if you can watch them clean your parent’s teeth!
If your parent has an appointment before yours, ask the staff if you can go back with your parent and watch because you are nervous about your own appointment. If you can’t watch, ask them to show you what the tools are used for on a set of false teeth!
If you need a tooth pulled, they’ll make sure it doesn’t hurt!
Your comfort is a priority! Don’t worry if that snaggle tooth won’t budge. Sometimes, a tooth can be stubborn and need a little help to be removed. The dentist will be extra careful in removing your tooth for the new one to have room to grow!
The braver you are, the sooner you’ll be done!
Going to an appointment with a brave face and positive attitude will help the time go by!
You might even get ice cream after!
Depending on how brave and well you are in your appointment, you Mom or Dad may get you an ice-cream, or another treat for being so well-behaved! We hope you get your treat, but make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!
If your child needs encouraging, we want to help you give it to them. While this list may not fully apply to your child, it may help another, so please share these reasons why the Dentist isn’t as scary as your child thinks! At Progressive Family Dentistry, we strive to have a safe environment for all ages. We understand that children can sometimes be afraid, and want them to realize they don’t have to be!
Keep Your Smile Safe This 4th Of July!
The Progressive Family Dentistry team wants to say Happy Independence Day! It is that time of year again. The grill is hot and the fireworks are being prepped.
While you are having fun and celebrating, we want to make sure you are being mindful of your dental health! Here are some tips to keep in mind while having fun this Fourth of July!
As a kid, there is nothing more exciting than having fun at the pool. But be careful and make sure no little feet are running! One can easily slip, fall, and chip a tooth!
Teeth are not Tools!
Do not use your beautiful teeth as tools to open packages or bags this Fourth of July! Use scissors to open those hot dogs and bags of candy!
Corn on the Cobb is one of the most popular Fourth of July foods that is harmful to those with braces. If you or your child has braces, do not try to eat it off the cobb! Those kernels have their way of lodging themselves in the wires and bringing trouble! They can cause an infection if not removed soon enough! We advise to just cut the corn off the cobb before eating.
Rinse after Soda!
An interesting thing to do when trying to take care of your teeth is to drink water about 20 minutes after you have had soda. As you well know, soda and other carbonated beverages are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. If you must indulge this Fourth of July, follow it with a glass of water to help rid your teeth from harmful properties!
Watermelon for Desert!
You know how Watermelon tends to be coarse and grainy? Use that to your advantage! Not to be mistaken for a replacement for brushing your teeth, eating watermelon after a meal can help scrub your teeth from impurities!
Most importantly, have fun this Fourth of July!
Author: Jessica Carder, Creative Consulting 2018
Activated Charcoal: Does It Really Whiten Teeth?
Teeth whitening has grown in popularity over the past year or two due to the rising use of activated charcoal. From powder to paste, activated charcoal seemingly does the trick in having teeth appear whiter. But how does it work? Is it safe?
The thing is, activated charcoal is not whitening your teeth the way you believe it to be. It is actually absorbing plaque and compounds that stain your teeth. It is giving your teeth a good cleanse in order to help them appear whiter! How cool is that?
While it is safer to consult with us at Progressive Family Dentistry before using different substances on your teeth, FDA approved activated charcoal seems to be a safe decision for helping your teeth appear whiter. Our only concern is the abrasive tendencies of the product.
As you well know, as an adult, the teeth you have are the teeth you are stuck with. They do not regrow and need to be treated with care. Using a product that is too abrasive on your teeth can cause enamel breakdown. You want to keep enamel intact to ensure a long lifespan of healthy teeth.
All in all, activated charcoal is safe to use in moderation. Make sure what you are using is as non-abrasive as possible. If you have any questions, our Progressive Family Dentistry Team can help you answer and understand your concerns!
You can't put a price on a confidence-building smile, a smile brightens days and boosts self-worth. While some are not born with perfect alignment, many cosmetic dentistry options are available to change that. The term Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses many different forms of elective procedures that restore teeth to their prime condition.
Teeth whitening is the most commonly discussed cosmetic procedure among clients. With this procedure, it is ideal for the teeth to be properly cleaned before applying the whitening gel. Teeth whitening can assist in the lightning of stains built over the years through drink, food, and bad habits such as smoking. It is best to consult your dentist on what method would be best for you and your teeth.
Dental veneers mimic natural teeth and look extremely realistic. Made of medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers allow dentists to fix damaged teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth. Once the surface of the tooth is flat, the dentist will place the veneer over the tooth with strong dental adhesive.
Similar to veneers, a dentist might use bonding for a client's teeth. Bonding is when a dentist takes a tooth-colored filling and molds it into the shape of a tooth, fixing a misshapen or broken tooth.
Dental crowns are for people with decayed or damaged teeth. The dentist makes a custom crown that fits directly over the tooth, restoring the natural shape, strength, and appearance. The materials that are used for a crown include acrylic, gold, porcelain, or a unique combination. Crowns have a long lifespan, considering the client's upkeep. With the dental crown, it is not advised to grind your teeth or chew on ice.
Implants are ideal for a client who is experiencing tooth loss. A titanium screw will be inserted into the jaw in order to support the crown. During the healing process, the bone and tissues surrounding the titanium screw will bond to the implant and secured permanently. Implants easily pass as a normal tooth, so there is no worry of someone noticing the implant.
Cosmetic dentistry is an amazing option to build a client's confidence in their smile. There are more cosmetic dentistry options than the ones listed above. Talk to Dr. Corella and his lovely team at Progressive Family Dentistry about cosmetic dentistry and how it can benefit you! They will have you confident in your smile in no time!
People often come in for their checkups to find that their teeth aren’t as healthy as they think. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, brushing them incorrectly does you no good. These are some of the common mistakes you could be making while brushing your teeth.
Memorial Day is a day we, as a nation, use to honor those lost in military service.
The beginnings of Memorial Day started in 1868. Originally recognized as Decoration Day, It was not until 1882 when the holiday made the transition to it's known title. The title, "Decoration Day" came from the act of many civilians and grievers coming together to place flowers on graves of those lost in the Civil War. The decoration of the graves was seen as an act of remembrance and respect. The act spread through the South and eventually made it's way to the North where the discussion about making it a Federal Holiday began. In 1967, that was achieved along with the notion that the holiday encompassed the recognition of all wars and all lost.
Sadly, in recent years it has been made into a holiday glamorized as a three day weekend. To the younger generations, just a day out of school. The reason for Memorial Day is to remember and thank those who lost their lives while fighting for this country. We must continue to educate others on the meaning of this day.
So, as you enjoy Memorial Day, please remember the true meaning of the holiday and take time with your family to remember those who have lost their lives defending our freedom.
From all the staff of Progressive Family Dentistry, Thank you to all those who are active in the Military. We appreciate all that you do in order to protect this country.
Happy Memorial Day!
Author: Jessica Carder, Creative Consulting
We know the last thing on your mind when you are feeling under the weather is getting up to brush your teeth. Taking care of your body while your sick should be your top priority. Yet we stop taking care of our mouths when we are sick. Here are some ways you can keep your mouth healthy while you’re sick.
Proper dental health is an ongoing practice because your mouth, teeth, and gums are always with you year round. As Summer gets closer and our lovely Carolina town gets warmer and brighter, we can't help but smile. But did you know that the summertime conditions can have an impact on your dental health?
Sweats & Sweet Drinks: As we know when it gets hot, we sweat. Sweating can cause you to become slowly dehydrated if you are not drinking enough throughout the day so be sure to drink plenty of water! Be wary of sugary and acidic beverages and drink them in moderation as overuse of them can cause enamel breakdown of your teeth.
Sunshine: We all know how wonderful sunshine is and the nutrients our bodies absorb from it such as Vitamin D. Vitamin D production is essential for your body to absorb and use Calcium which will keep your bones strong, including your jawbone that supports your teeth! Vitamin D and Calcium are the basic building blocks of your teeth as well.
Be sure to take care of your teeth this summer and if you have any questions or need any help from your local, family dentistry, give us a call today! Progressive Family Dentistry is here for you and your family!
Certainly, if you are missing teeth that are visible and are affecting your smile and confidence, replacing that tooth is a no brainer. That being said, if I am missing a tooth that no one can see do I really need to replace it?
Hopefully throughout our blogs we have made it clear which foods and drinks are bad for your teeth. Acid and sugar contained in foods are bad for your teeth’s enamel and can cause plaque, which are all things that facilitate cavities. But what happens when we think were eating healthy but that healthy food is actually bad for your teeth? Here are some foods that are regarded as healthy but are bad for your teeth.
The Progressive Team