Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stress and Your Dental Prosthodontic Visit

It can be overwhelming when you think about your upcoming visit to Dr. Strutz and her team. Chances are you are headed that direction in order to improve your smile or the ability for your teeth to function together so you can eat better. This visit may include several hours of work and may mean you have to take time off of work and away from other things. But this is important and you will feel 100% better once you get the smile you want. In order to help you keep your stress level down prior to your visit Dr. Strutz recommends these 3 things.

1.     Prior to the visit, ask questions. Don’t spend time being worried about things that you are not sure of or the what if’s. If you have questions, spend time with Dr. Judy Strutz and her team asking those questions.
2.     Take deep breaths and remind yourself this is helping you to improve the appearance or health of your smile. Helping to breathe through the stress and anxiety can help you to get through anything. This technique can also be used during the dental visit.
3.     Do yoga or another exercise prior to your visit. This will help you to feel relaxed prior to the visit and increase your endorphins to improve your overall mood.

For more tips and tricks to decreasing your stress prior to your smile enhancement, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.

Friday, November 25, 2016

In With The Holiday’s, Out With Your Breathing Machine!

Holiday travel is fast approaching and you may be wondering how you are ever going to fit all of the items you need to travel with in your 1 or 2 suitcases allowed on the plane. This year you may be able to leave that breathing machine at home and instead enjoy the benefits of a dental device to alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea.

You deserve the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. You may be even trying to decide if you are going to bring your machine with you at all. You may be sharing a house with family and you fear keeping them awake with the noise. A custom made dental device fits easily in your mouth, opens up your throat to decrease the impact of sleep apnea without the negatives of a machine that is running all night. For many this can be a wonderful solution.

Dry mouth is a symptom that many patients with sleep apnea report when they use a breathing machine. Dry mouth can have a negative impact on the overall health of your smile. Bacteria grows faster when you do not have enough saliva to wash plaque and food from the surface of your teeth. A dental device keeps your lips closed throughout the night, decreasing dry mouth symptoms.

For more information or to schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don’t Let Fear Derail Your Dental Health

Are you one of the 15% of Americans that are living with dental phobia or dental fear? You may have daily dental pain you live with because every time you go to schedule that appointment with your dentist, the fear takes over. Dr. Judy Strutz and her amazing team of dental professionals can help. From the very beginning of your visit, to your time in the chair, to when you walk out the door with a smile you love, we can help make your visit extraodinary. Let us know when you schedule your appointment that dental phobia and fear is something that impacts you.

Prior to any treatment Dr. Strutz and her team will sit down with you and discuss your concerns. Once a consultation is complete, she will then walk you through the plan she believes will be in your best interest long term. This can help you to become comfortable with office, their procedures, and what your visits will look like in the future. Her goal is to help you keep your smile for a lifetime, by providing the highest quality product which means you may be able to restore and then just maintain.

On the day of the appointment remember to breathe, get a good night’s sleep, and do activities that help keep you calm. A quick yoga session may be exactly what you need. Once you have arrived, the team will continue to assure you and help support you through your procedure. After your visit, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile, without the negatives of decay, pain, and future anxiety.

You deserve a healthy smile, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today to help decrease your dental fear. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Is Here!

The excitement of the holiday season is here. Grocery stores are packed with your favorite Thanksgiving foods. There are sales on turkeys, cranberries, Pumpkin pies and potatoes. Some of the foods you will have around your table this season are amazing and great for your smile, while others may cause damage and hurt your overall gum health. Take advantage of these healthy food options to offset the other foods that stick to your teeth increasing your risk of dental decay.

Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A and C. They are delicious and offer a fantastic healthy option in place of rustic potatoes and gravy. This year though, you may want to avoid the marshmallows and other high sugar items that are put on top. The marshmallows are sticky and can adhere to crowns and the surface of teeth.

Green Bean Casserole is a great source of vitamins and a staple at many Thanksgiving dinners. This dish contains multiple healthy items including mushrooms and green beans.

Turkey with rosemary and other herbs can give you a wonderful odor as well as the glaze you want. Turkey is a great source of protein. It may be beneficial for your waistline and heart to avoid consuming the skin, but the meat is good for you and your teeth.

For more information on Thanksgiving foods great for your teeth, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.