Afraid of the Dentist? 5 Ways to Reduce Dental Anxiety

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Talk to your dentist

There’s something about having knowledge on anything unknown that makes us feel less afraid or at least more self-assured handling the unknown. If you consider dentistry an unknown topic, maybe you can educate yourself by asking your dentist lots of questions. Find a dentist willing to listen to your fearful thoughts and concerns so they can better assure you there isn’t much to worry about. Usually, when we talk about our fears someone with more information can help by reducing our dread. They may even eliminate it completely by showing our thoughts to be entirely irrational.

Meditate

Studies show how incorporating a 10-minute meditation routine can improve our overall feeling of wellness considerably. Think of meditation as a way for you to focus on the present moment and be comfortable with a subtle feeling of relaxation. This will provide a sense of tranquility we don’t always experience in our day-to-day lives. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I dedicated time to concentrate on the present moment and simply watch life pass, instead of trying to control everything.” With meditation, we can tune in to our natural way of being and more easily distinguish the difference between a real-life threat or an anxious thought.

Bring a friend or family member to your appointments

Sometimes modifying your environment in a way that’s more familiar will reduce anxiety. A great way of doing this is to bring someone familiar to your dental appointments who can offer emotional support. This could be a close friend or family member who understands how you feel. You should bring someone who is prepared to talk you out of negative thinking patterns. Your companion ideally will realize they are there for you and that this isn’t so much about the two of you hanging out socializing. Make sure they are up to the challenge!

Practice good oral hygiene

By having first-rate oral hygiene you can feel more confident about your next visit to the dentist. With excellent dental care, you can go into the dentist with a lower chance of having a root canal or being diagnosed with gingivitis, the onset of periodontal disease. See why these conditions may worsen your anxiety? If you were diagnosed with gingivitis, your mind would have logical reasons for feeling apprehensive which is not what we want. However, if you’ve been doing the regular brushing and flossing as recommended then there isn’t as much to fret about.

Seek out a therapist

Are you feeling anxious all the time or just while at the dentist’s? Seeking out a therapist may help with dental anxiety. Your therapist may counsel adjusting your daily routine to help fight both dental anxiety and any anxiety from day-to-day life. Or, your dentist may suggest specific techniques to focus on while at the dentist. The 3-2-1 technique involves naming 3 things you can hear, followed by 3 you can see, and lastly, things you can feel. Then you reduce the numbers to 2, then 1. This is a beneficial exercise you can do while in a dentist’s office or anywhere you may feel anxious.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

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2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and go through it. But are you doing it right?

Actually, many men and women are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better support your oral health and protect your smile from decay and gum disease.

Here are important tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how rapidly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be useful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By altering your pattern, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s problematic to eliminate the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily increase and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people damage their enamel or gums because they brush too hard with a hard brush. Dr. Buchheit counsels patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet.
This is terrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for kids. Not true. Your enamel is constantly under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

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Dentists know that a mouth examination can reveal dilemmas in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.

Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for detecting systemic diseases—a test that measures the molecules in saliva.

“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, Dr. Martin Buchheit helps patients maintain ideal oral health and brilliant smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry. We understand how the state of your dental health impacts the rest of your body. You can think of Dr. Buchheit is an indispensable member of your healthcare team who is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.

If you are in need of dental care, we invite you to schedule an examination and cleaning by calling Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. Some of our most popular treatments at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS include dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign. We also do oral cancer screening.

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2149 Charbonier Rd
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63033

 

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Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain

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Everyday issues cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.

Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these important joints can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of dilemmas, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1987, working with other specialists when necessary. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Martin Buchheit and I am dedicated to providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Florissant and the greater St. Louis area.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Smile Necessities And Possibilities

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With cosmetic dentistry, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS creates dazzling smiles for patients.

A cosmetic dental smile makeover doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also builds self-confidence. You will be more comfortable in your professional and personal interactions.

Let’s Talk

Not happy with your smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchheit.

We’ll discuss what is required, what is desired, and what is possible for your smile. That freely revealed smile of childhood can be restored to you.

Then we will design an individualized plan of action.

Call to find out about the cost of various dental services and to schedule a consultation at 314-837-7744. We have competitive costs when it comes to cosmetic dental smile makeovers through cosmetic dental procedures and restorative dentistry.

We’ve been around since 1987. Over the years we have performed many procedures involving general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

Restorative dentistry ranges from simple fillings to crowns to dental implants. Cosmetic dentistry is complex. There are many variables that require consideration and experience.

We look forward to meeting your needs on your terms. See you soon!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Many of Dr. Martin Buchheit’s patients walk in for cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. And most really want to know if they are brushing properly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will achieve the same results as hard bristle brushing without abrasive damage to gums and gum lines. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are soft and pliant before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces, and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve incredible dental hygiene, brushing is a priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is vital. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath, and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

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Here at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we understand that nature has dealt crooked teeth, sensitive teeth, and weak teeth to many patients. When you schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Buchheit, you will be advised on ways to correct your smile.

We provide our patients with the following services and many more: root canals, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, and dental implants.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kids

Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS Sealants Prevent Cavities For Florissant Kids Your child’s first dental exam at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check-up at our Florissant office, we can discuss sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed harmful bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities occur.

The application process takes only one short visit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then the liquid sealant is applied to the teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

Sealants are covered by most Missouri dental insurance plans. For St. Louis parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Missouri dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS commonly recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects are essential and will help the sealants last longer. Martin Buchheit will survey the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS dental visits are important for pediatric dental health. For more details about sealants, contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS today.

You don’t know dental family until you’ve been here.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

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5 Cavity Basics

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The desire to prevent tooth decay is one of the main reasons men and women visit their dentists

Today we are going to discuss 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged on the hard surface, tiny openings ensue. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to request an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, avoid frequent snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Florissant area, give Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around St. Louis since 1987.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

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2149 Charbonier Rd
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63033

 

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5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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Hi. I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit. When my patients get mouth sores, I guide them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food—plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

cream soups
yogurt
hot cereal
mashed potatoes
puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. I know it’s humdrum, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Only eat dishes served at room temperature or chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can avoid the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. You can add sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

I hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. If you are looking for a dentist in the St. Louis area, consider my practice, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We have been serving Florissant since 1987.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

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63033

 

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Is My Child Too Young For Braces?

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It can be difficult to know when your son or daughter might need braces to straighten their teeth, especially because teeth can fall out over a period of years. Oftentimes, not all adult teeth will grow straight and braces will be required to adjust them properly. The ideal time period for your child to get braces is between ages 8 and 14 when almost all of their adult teeth have grown in. It is not uncommon for a child to have all of their permanent teeth before age 8, in which case you can consider getting them braces earlier.

Timeline of a child’s teeth:

  • Between 6 months and 2 years your child’s first set of teeth, or their baby teeth, should begin to grow in
  • Around age 6, your child’s baby teeth should begin to fall out, however, this can occur at later ages as well
  • Baby teeth usually fall out on their own when the adult tooth begins to grow in and take the baby tooth’s place
  • Between ages 8 and 14, your child should have almost all of their adult teeth
  • Between ages 8 and 14 many children will receive their first round of braces to begin to straighten and align their teeth properly
  • Sometimes a child’s tooth development can be advanced or delayed, and this timeline may be shifted slightly according to their development

Is my child too young for braces? 

The answer to whether or not your youngster is too young for braces is subjective. Every child is different and develops their primary and secondary teeth at different times. However, the most important thing when it comes to considering braces for your child is whether your child has the majority of their permanent teeth. If your youngster has most of their adult teeth, at any age, it is time to consider braces.

Dr. Buchheit at  Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS can determine whether or not your child needs braces and advise on the proper orthodontic schedule.

No one is ever too old for braces

Many men and women did not receive the opportunity to get braces in their childhood, and now that they are older they regret it and desire straight teeth. For those adults that did not have braces when they were younger, it is important to remember that it is never too late to get braces and no one is “too old” to have braces. Straight teeth affect an individual’s appearance and serve an important purpose both practically and visually.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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