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Liberty, MO 64068


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Liberty, MO 64068

Posts for: January, 2013

January 24, 2013
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Sometimes the sights and sound in the dental office can produce anxiety.  Our team understands this and wants to make coming here as comfortable as possible. Fear of the unknown is powerful, but knowledge provides power over fear.  It is important that a patient identifies and communicates their fears so that together we can find solutions.

These fears can be anything from the unknown noises, smells, textures and flavors that are a part of the day to day functioning of our office. For concerns about having to share personal space, simple things like brushing and flossing before dental appointments and good personal hygiene can alleviate this issue.   We encourage a patient to let us know if these things are bothersome so that we can talk about and explain the issue. 

For more about solutions for dental anxiety see our July 24, 2012 and November 8, 2012 blogs

1. Make the daily routine of brushing their teeth fun.  Purchasing a toothbrush (with soft bristles)  that lights up or has your child's favorite character on it is a way to make brushing brushing fun.  A flouride toothpaste that is bubblegum or fruit flavored will also encourage a child to brush their teeth. 

2. Limit the frequency of sweets.  Every time you eat or drink sugar,  acid is produced and remains on your teeth for up to an hour.  Any food or drink that contains sugar is harmful to teeth.

3. Dental cleanings every six months will help catch potential dental problems in their earliest stages and remove calcified plaque that is impossible to get rid of through tooth brushing and flossing alone.  It is also important to check that the teeth are properly developing.

4.You may need to help children brush their teeth, especially those under the age of 6.  Let them brush themselves first, maybe while you brush yours, then tell them it's your turn.  You can even let them brush your teeth too!

January 10, 2013
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It is fairly commen to see people with pierced lips, tongues, or cheeks but many people don't know just how dangerous these piercings can be.  Because of the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth there are several risks involved in oral piercings.

Some of these risks include chipped or cracked teeth, blood clots, blood poisoning, heart infections, nerve damage, and scar tissue.   Infection is also a  common complication, the tongue can swell large enough to close off breathing airway.

We recommend following the advice of the American Dental Association and give your mouth a break...skip the mouth jewelry.

Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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