7/9/2015 1:34:00 PM |
One study showed that electric toothbrushes which rotate in one direction and then the other (called rotational oscillation toothbrushes) were more effective than other electric or manual toothbrush types. But that study was for the dental research geeks like me!
A manual toothbrush can do just as well as an electric one. You can simulate the movement of an electric toothbrush by brushing in small circles with the bristles aimed towards the gum tissue. However, since an electric toothbrush oscillates more quickly, you need to brush longer with a regular toothbrush to get the same effect.
The bottom line is whatever you prefer to use, electric or manual, it matters less what you use and more that you use it regularly and properly. ;For more information on proper brushing tips, click here.
And if you're ready to make an appointment, please call us at 480-596-8273 today!
6/18/2015 2:30:00 PM |
Dr. Blazer’s Advice to Parents for trips to the dentist
I am a family dentist, and I treat a lot of children in my practice. Unlike most pediatric dentists, who typically won’t allow a parent to accompany the child into the treatment area, I encourage parents to come back with their child. I want parents to see the steps we take (which, by the way, we use for adults too) to make the dental appointment stress and pain free.
Unfortunately, I’m confronted daily with well-meaning parents who unknowingly do all the wrong things to prepare their child for a dental visit. With that in mind, I would like to give some suggestions on how to prepare your child for a dental visit. Rule #1: Do not discuss with your child what you think they will experience at the dental visit.
Your prejudices will show through no matter how much you try to hide it. Let us do it, we will do it better!
Rule #2: Schedule your appointment for a time when you think your child will have the most patience and give them a healthy snack before the appointment.
You know your own child. Hungry and tired children are less cooperative for mom and dad, why would you expect them to be better for me? I have a fridge with healthy drinks and snacks in my waiting room and patients are welcome to help themselves when they arrive.
Rule #3: If you think you are not going to be able to handle seeing your child have dental treatment done, don’t come back into the treatment area.
We will take good care of him and come out to update you periodically during the procedure. I have had to quickly pull a child out of the dental chair to get his dad to lie down before he passed out from watching me remove a tooth on his son! By the way, his son was most upset about me interrupting the movie he was watching!
Rule #4: Never talk about your negative dental visits you may have experienced in the past, especially during your child’s dental visit!
Dentistry has changed a lot since you were a kid. Don’t pass your prejudices onto your child!
Rule #5: Never use “going to the dentist” as a threat.
Believe it or not, I’ve had parents tell their children to behave or they were going to make me give him a shot! I’ve had parents tell the child if they don’t brush their teeth, the dentist was going to hurt them. How am I to gain your child’s trust if he hears comments like that from you?
Finally, I would tell you to take the time to talk to your dentist about your own fears. Perhaps watching your child have a positive dental experience might just convince you to get back in the dental chair! Checkout my Google Plus reviews from patients, many of them initially fearful and now appreciative of the care they’ve received.
6/5/2015 8:01:00 AM |
Top 10 reasons to go the dentist:
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1 -It’s the perfect place to count ceiling tiles.
2 -You get a free toothbrush and floss in a goodie bag!
3 -It’s important for the teeth to be flossed twice a year, whether they need it or not.
4 -You get an excuse to sit and read fun magazines like People or watch a movie in the middle of the day.
5 -You get to be “in the spotlight” for about an hour!
6 -You get to miss work or school and everyone is sympathetic when you come back numb!
7 -You have an excuse to talk funny!
8 -You get to stick out your tongue and not be considered rude!
9 -Drooling is perfectly acceptable and a sign of good health.
10 -You get to try to respond to questions with your mouth open.
4/29/2015 10:37:00 AM |
Many of my patients have insurance through their employer, but few really understand the workings of their plan. Oftentimes, the insurance card comes with a booklet, pages long, with small print, explaining the plan benefits. While the booklet is guaranteed to be less complicated than the booklet that came with your cell phone, it still can be intimidating.
I've attached a link to a website that I researched that had a good general discussion about dental insurance. My office accepts all insurance plans. Additionally, my office staff is wonderful about helping patients get the most out of their dental insurance benefits; they are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are thinking you may want to become a patient in my office, be sure that your insurance allows you to go to any dental office, rather than restricting you to a limited list of providers.
Most plans renew every calendar year, with maximums that, if not used, go away. For patients with unmet dental needs, that’s leaving money on the table!
3/23/2015 5:13:00 PM |
We're excited to announce the official launch of our Dr. Blazer blog. We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry. We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients. If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Dr. Blazer, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post. Here's to your best oral health ever!