WinningSmiles http://www.winningsmiles.net Your Best Dentist in Fontana, Ca Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:15:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Ways to Beat Your Fear of Visiting the Dentist http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/ways-beat-fear-visiting-dentist/ http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/ways-beat-fear-visiting-dentist/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:59 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=3076 Not a day goes by at my dental office in Fontana, CA that a patient doesn’t say that they fear visiting the dentist.  I often hear the statement, “No offense Doc, but I hate dentists.” Why Do People Fear Visiting the Dentist? One’s anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist can occur for many reasons.  […]

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Do you fear visiting the dentist?Not a day goes by at my dental office in Fontana, CA that a patient doesn’t say that they fear visiting the dentist.  I often hear the statement, “No offense Doc, but I hate dentists.”

Why Do People Fear Visiting the Dentist?

One’s anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist can occur for many reasons.  Oftentimes it stems from an uncomfortable experience in the patient’s past.  Other patients have felt that their previous dentist talked down to them and wouldn’t listen to them during their visits.  In addition, children may have had older siblings or a parent tell them that going to the dentist can be painful.  The mouth is an sensitive part of the body.  People may feel ashamed to have a stranger look inside.  This may be especially true if they are self-conscious about how their teeth appear.

Some symptoms of dental phobia include:  Avoiding the dentist even when you have severe dental infections;  an inability to get a good night’s sleep the night before a dental visit;  panic or trouble breathing when tools are placed in the mouth during a dental visit;  the thought of a dental visit makes you physically ill.

What to do if You Fear the Dentist

One of the best things to do if you have anxiety or fears about your visit is to talk to your dentist about your fear.  If he or she has the proper training, your visits should always be comfortable.  Dentists who are at ease treating fearful patients will calmly explain the procedure, ask patients how they are doing during the treatment, and give the patient the opportunity to take breaks.

Some techniques that you may use to help ease your fears during your dental visits are to employ distraction techniques such as listening to music or watching TV. Controlled breathing is also an excellent way to lower your heart rate and relax your muscles. It is also helpful to go to the dentist with a trusted friend or relative to give you support during your visit.

Dentists who specialize in helping patients with dental phobia usually have several additional techniques they can use to get patients to relax. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, and intravenous anesthesia are safe and effective methods to make your dental experiences pleasant and painless.

If you fear visiting the dentist, give our office a call today. We are always happy to discuss methods to make your visit to the dentist pleasant and fear free.

 

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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/benefits-sedation-dentistry/ Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:38 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=3051 Millions of Americans avoid going to the dental office to maintain or repair their dental health. Most people have anxiety and fear surrounding anything involving the dentist. Here at WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry in Fontana, CA, we offer sedation dentistry because we understand and relate to our patients who have dental phobia. Our goal is for […]

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Benefits of Sedation DentistryMillions of Americans avoid going to the dental office to maintain or repair their dental health. Most people have anxiety and fear surrounding anything involving the dentist. Here at WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry in Fontana, CA, we offer sedation dentistry because we understand and relate to our patients who have dental phobia. Our goal is for you to have a positive dental experience and enjoy the benefits of a winning smile.

Why Sedation Dentistry at Winning Smiles in Fontana?

For our patients with extreme fear, sedation dentistry is convenient and offers peace of mind. One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is a pain-free visit. Your mouth is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. We know that some people experience even more sensitivity than others. Sedation is a great choice for you and your dental health.

If you would like to feel like your visit was only a few minutes and want to walk out feeling no discomfort, ask us about the option that is best for you.

Sedation vs. Sleep Dentistry

Sedation doesn’t “knock you out”. You may feel sleepy, but you are not asleep or unconscious. The safety of sedation means that you will feel an amnesic state. It means that you will have very little or no memory of your visit and treatment.

The most common method is oral sedation. We are your best dentist in Fontana because we offer oral sedation for your safety and convenience. It creates a comfortable experience. You won’t feel any injections.

Who Should Have Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is very helpful if you have a very sensitive gag reflex, especially if it is so sensitive that you have trouble taking X-rays. Once you are sedated, you will not have the urge to choke or gag.

If you can’t sit in the chair for long time or have Parkinson’s disease, sedation is an excellent choice to make you relaxed and allow the dental team to finish the needed procedures in shorter time without resistance.

For patients who are looking to save time, sedation will allow us to finish all the dental procedures in one visit.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about your options, give us a call our Fontana dentist office at 909-822-3003 and schedule your free consultation.

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Can Charcoal Teeth Whitening Harm Your Teeth? http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/can-charcoal-teeth-whitening-harm-your-teeth/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2945 Recently, the question came out about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. The tooth whitening market is huge; the over-the-counter tooth whitening industry is worth about a billion dollars a year.  If charcoal was safe, effective and supported by research, then the big brands would have put it on the market and they haven’t. […]

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Charcoal Teeth WhiteningRecently, the question came out about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. The tooth whitening market is huge; the over-the-counter tooth whitening industry is worth about a billion dollars a year.  If charcoal was safe, effective and supported by research, then the big brands would have put it on the market and they haven’t.

How Charcoal Teeth Whitening Works

Using charcoal isn’t new; this technique is a rebirth of ancient medicine.  Charcoal particles are effective only when they are activated. The particles bind to everything in its way, including stains, bacteria, plaque and other elements that are found inside your mouth. You might get whiter teeth by removing the outside stain and plaque on your enamel.  However, you need to remember that the stained particles can go deeper in the tooth to the dentin layer (the layer underneath your enamel).  So using activated charcoal may only give you whiter smile temporarily.

Concerns About Using Charcoal to Whiten Teeth

There are additional concerns about the charcoal tooth whitening method. These concerns include the loss of healthy teeth elements, the removal of good bacteria that help with digestion, and the danger of the non-activated charcoal particles.  Also, taking activated charcoal may cause gastrointestinal side effects like constipation, diarrhea, darkening of the stool or vomiting. Serious complications such as bowel obstruction have been reported. It may also cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. None of those potential side effects are worth the risk when safe, fast, and effective teeth-whitening methods are easily available.

The ADA and Charcoal Teeth Whitening

The American Dental Association (ADA) doesn’t approve of using activated charcoal to whiten teeth.  More research needs to be done to assess the risks and benefits of this technique. There are a lot of tooth whitening products that are proven to be safe and effective by independent testing agencies. My professional advice is to ask your dentist about proven teeth whitening methods. Have questions about proven teeth whitening methods? Contact our dental office in Fontana today!

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How Does Alcohol Affect Teeth? http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/how-does-alcohol-affect-teeth/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:51:15 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2815 One of the questions my patients often ask at my Fontana dental office is, “Doc, does drinking beer, wine or a mixed drink affect my teeth?” The affects of alcohol on teeth Scientific evidence has shown that people who suffer from alcohol dependency tend to have higher plaque levels on their teeth and are three times as likely to […]

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One of the questions my patients often ask at my Fontana dental office is, “Doc, does drinking beer, wine or a mixed drink affect my teeth?” Does Alcohol Affect Teeth

The affects of alcohol on teeth

Scientific evidence has shown that people who suffer from alcohol dependency tend to have higher plaque levels on their teeth and are three times as likely to suffer from permanent tooth loss.  Also, studies have linked excessive alcohol consumption with oral cancer.  In fact, the risk of oral cancer is six times higher in those who drink alcohol compared to non-drinkers.

Alcoholic beverages can cause dehydration.  Any one that has had a couple of drinks knows how thirsty it can make them feel.  Since saliva is protective to the teeth and helps wash away harmful bacteria, excessive use of alcohol can cause cavities. To learn more about how a dry mouth can negatively impact your oral health, read Dry Mouth and Your Teeth.

In addition, alcohol can lead to acid reflux or heart burn. Stomach acids can creep up into the mouth especially during sleep and cause the teeth to erode and decay.

Furthermore, alcohol has sugars that when broken down by the oral bacteria can lead to an acidic oral environment, making one more susceptible to cavities.

Colored alcoholic beverages, such as red wine, can also cause teeth to stain.  This does not mean gin and vodka are better choices.  Although staining does not permanently damage enamel, a discolored smile may affect one’s self confidence.  Red wine drinkers may prefer to have more frequent dental cleanings and perhaps teeth whitening trays made.

What if I want to have a drink?

I usually tell patients that it is a good idea for them to rinse their mouth with water or milk directly after consuming alcohol and not to brush their teeth for at least 30 minutes after their last drink.  This simple step will help reduce the acids in the mouth.

In conclusion, alcoholic beverages consumed in moderation (one a day) shouldn’t have any detrimental effects on teeth.

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Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth? http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/your-health/is-chewing-gum-good-for-your-teeth-health/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:52:04 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/nw2016/?p=2589 Sometimes I get questions from my patients at my dental office in Fontana asking if it is okay to chew gum.  My answer is invariably, “Well, it depends.” There are different types of gum with different ingredients and these factors all have an impact on whether or not it is “okay to chew gum”. Let’s […]

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Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?Sometimes I get questions from my patients at my dental office in Fontana asking if it is okay to chew gum.  My answer is invariably, “Well, it depends.” There are different types of gum with different ingredients and these factors all have an impact on whether or not it is “okay to chew gum”. Let’s go over some of the different types and their pros and cons.

The disadvantages to chewing gum are:

  1. If it is not sugar-free it can actually lead to cavities (dental decay).
  2. If the gum is hard or sticky it can cause breakage or dislodgment of dental restorations. In other words, kiss your crown goodbye.
  3. If you have jaw problems, it can exacerbate them.

Dry Mouth and Bad Breath

Certain diseases and medicines can affect how much saliva you make. If you do not make enough saliva, your mouth can become quite dry. This condition is called xerostomia.

Dry mouth causes the gums, tongue and other tissues in the mouth to become swollen and uncomfortable. Decay causing bacteria thrive in this type of setting.  A dry mouth also leads to bad breath (halitosis).

Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. That’s because saliva helps clear food particles from your teeth. This helps reduce your risk for cavities.

Chewing Gum for Better Dental Health

Sugar-free chewing gum or bubble gum can actually benefit your teeth.

The main reason sugar-free chewing gum helps teeth is that is stimulates salivary flow.  Saliva has many benefits:

  1. It helps moisten food so that it is easier to swallow.
  2. It keeps your mouth moist and comfortable.
  3. It has enzymes that aid in breaking down food and helping with the digestive process.
  4. It bathes the teeth and helps cleanse away decay causing acids.

To summarize, it is okay to chew sugar-free gum that isn’t too sticky because it helps you produce more saliva, which in turn bathes away harmful germs from your teeth. If you have more questions about gum or your dental health, speak with your dentist. I am happy to answer your specific questions about your teeth, chewing gum, and how to improve the cleanliness of your mouth.

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Dental Health is a Great Life Investment http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/dental-health-great-life-investment/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2371 Being a new grandfather inspired to post this blog. Most of the content is excerpted from a newspaper article written by a colleague, Dr. Mac Lee. To never have a cavity is a wonderful lifetime goal. It is achievable if you follow the right life style and put your dental health in the hands of […]

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Being a new grandfather inspired to post this blog. Most of the content is excerpted from a newspaper article written by a colleague, Dr. Mac Lee.Dental Health is a Great Life Investment To never have a cavity is a wonderful lifetime goal. It is achievable if you follow the right life style and put your dental health in the hands of a caring, knowledgeable dental team.

In the Womb

Dental health starts in the womb! Teeth buds begin development at four weeks after conception. These little buds are like sponges and need to soak up healthy calcium in order to develop correctly. Chemicals like Fluoride or Tetracycline bind to calcium and can be deposited in the teeth during fetal growth. The right dentist/hygienist is going to make their patients aware of diet, chemicals etc., during pregnancy.

They are also going to put the expectant mom on a schedule of cleanings and checking for gum disease. Women who are pregnant tend to have infected gums. Any infection in the mouth can get into the bloodstream, travel through the placenta and cause premature birth.

At Birth

Most dentists recommend that a child be seen in the dental office between one and two years of age. That’s what we recommend to our patients in Rialto and the larger Inland Empire. The goal is to have a child who is not afraid of the dentist. At this early age, they get to experience the sounds, smells and appearance of a dental office as a pleasant experience and not one of pain or fear. It is important that a parent is positive about the dentist with their child and encourage them that it’ll be a good experience.

Formative Years

Today’s dental teams look for more than just cavities. We also concentrate on the development of the face. Sleep issues, allergies, snoring, teeth grinding, over enlarged tonsils or adenoids, constant respiratory problems, etc. can create a deficiency in the upper and lower jaws.

Many times it takes a team, consisting of the general dentist, an orthodontist and an ENT to guide the proper development of the child’s face. This is different and much more important for a life time of health than just “straight teeth.”

The goal is that if the child has all this care and guidance and the parents have done their part, the child should have a healthy mouth and a proper jaw relationship.

Adulthood

There are three situations in which people have dental health issues with their permanent teeth in adulthood: decay, gum disease and their bite (the way the teeth fit together). Treating decay or gum disease is the same no matter the age and a dentist or hygienist will find any infection in your mouth and will give you your options for treatment. There are standard treatment protocols for both decay and gum disease that most dentists follow. As an adult, bite issues can cause teeth to become loose, worn, broken down, chipped, and cracked. Some, but not all, bite issues cause extreme head or ear pain.

The take away here is that if you have young children, you can give them the lifetime gift of never having a cavity and having beautiful teeth and a great smile. Call our office in Fontana to speak with a member of my team and learn more about dentistry for your family.

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Your Dental Wish List for 2017 http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/dental-wish-list-2017/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2352 We’ve all heard the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”. How about dreaming of a better smile for 2017 and beyond? This is Dr. Frank Finazzo’s dental wish list for his patients and anyone else who wants a winning smile in 2017. Keep these in mind as you make your […]

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Dental Wish List

We’ve all heard the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”. How about dreaming of a better smile for 2017 and beyond?

This is Dr. Frank Finazzo’s dental wish list for his patients and anyone else who wants a winning smile in 2017. Keep these in mind as you make your list for Santa.

  1. Teeth that are healthy and cavity free: The mouth is a window to the body. A healthy, disease-free mouth leads to better overall health. WinningSmiles is ready to help you obtain a happy and healthy smile.
  2. Dentures that are stable: Implant dentistry has revolutionized the dental field. Find out how dental implants at WinningSmiles can help you stabilize your ill-fitting dentures. The right set of dentures will give you a beautiful smile and improve your health.
  3. Teeth that don’t ever come out: WinningSmiles has been at the forefront of fixed dental options. We can provide bridges and dental implants that allow you to enjoy eating and socializing without ever having to remove your full or partial dentures.
  4. Straight teeth: With the advancement of orthodontic technology, WinningSmiles has the ability to transform your smile in as little as 6 months with adult cosmetic braces.
  5. Cosmetic Dentistry: Are you tired of chipped, stained or dark teeth? The experts at WinningSmiles can perform smile makeovers using porcelain and composites in as few as one visit.
  6. Sedation Dentistry: At WinningSmiles, all of your dental procedures can be performed comfortably while you sleep. This is great for anyone who fears a visit to the dentist.

With a healthy mouth you’ll be able to eat, drink and socialize comfortably and confidently. Dental At WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry serving Rialto we offer complementary consultations. Call us today at: (909) 822-3003 or (866) BIG-SMILE.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Foods for Your Teeth http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/your-health/healthy-thanksgiving-foods-for-your-teeth/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2332 Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday food season as Americans gather with friends and family to celebrate. From turkey and ham to vegetables and desserts, holiday cooking aromas will soon be wafting in from kitchens across the Inland Empire. You may not know that candy isn’t the only food that is bad for your teeth. Even […]

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Healthy Thanksgiving Foods for Your TeethThanksgiving kicks off the holiday food season as Americans gather with friends and family to celebrate. From turkey and ham to vegetables and desserts, holiday cooking aromas will soon be wafting in from kitchens across the Inland Empire.

You may not know that candy isn’t the only food that is bad for your teeth. Even “wholesome” foods can erode enamel or be harsh on your gums. But there are plenty of healthy foods that you should enjoy this holiday season. With all food, make sure you brush and floss after the meal. Dr. Finazzo has made a list of some of the most beneficial foods for your teeth and your diet that you can request when sitting down at the family table.

Turkey

Turkey is packed with protein which is good for your body and, although turkey can sometimes get stuck between your teeth, it can’t harm them. So eat up! The high protein count combined with calcium & vitamin D helps keep your teeth & bones strong.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which help keep your gums healthy. However, candied yam recipes call for marshmallows and sugar. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on your teeth longer than other types of food. If candied, enjoy sweet potatoes in moderation and drink plenty of water with your meal to help wash away any food particles on your teeth.

Green Bean Casserole

Green beans are healthy, mushrooms are healthy, and onions are healthy so dig in! This is a dish that provides a significant amount of vitamins from healthy vegetables and doesn’t pose any significant risk to your mouth.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are rich in nutrients, including vitamins A and C, beta carotene, and potassium. They help protect your teeth by interfering with the bacteria in your mouth that forms plaque.

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple and is naturally tart so sugar is often added to it to reduce the tartness. This side dish can be acidic and may also stain your teeth. If eaten in moderation with the rest of your meal, cranberry sauce is a fine food. Be careful in indulging in cranberry sauce solely because the acidity can cause decay to your teeth. As recommended with candied sweet potatoes, make sure to drink plenty of water to wash harmful food particles off your teeth.

Macaroni and Cheese

Who can say “no” to a delicious helping of macaroni and cheese? These classic American recipes call for cheese and milk which have calcium and that helps strengthen teeth. Pastas contain starch which can leave sugar behind on your teeth. It is fine to eat a moderate portion of macaroni and cheese, just be sure to brush and floss afterwards.

Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes contain vitamins C and B6, and potassium, which are all necessary for good health. But there is a downside: potatoes are starchy and if potato residue is left on your teeth, it can lead to cavities. Starch eats away at healthy teeth.

Pumpkin Pie

Orange vegetables like pumpkin, carrot and squash contain what our bodies use to form tooth enamel. They are a healthy part of most diets and good for healthy teeth. Pumpkin contains vitamin A which helps keep your gums healthy. Beware the added sugar in the pie itself and whatever whipped topping you put on top. So please enjoy the pumpkin pie in moderation.

The best advice I can give is to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, but please be sure to brush and floss afterwards. If something you eat damages your teeth or gums, call our office in Fontana at (909) 822-3003.

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How Bad Are Soft Drinks & Energy Drinks For My Teeth? http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/your-health/bad-soft-drinks-teeth/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2196 Who doesn’t like a cold soda on a hot day in Fontana? Well, that can of soda or a bottle of an energy drink can do a tremendous amount of damage to your teeth if you consume them on a regular basis. What can soda and energy drinks do to my teeth? Not only do […]

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Who doesn’t like a cold soda on a hot day in Fontana? Well, that can of soda or a bottle of an energy drink can do a tremendous amount of damage to your teeth if you consume them on a regular basis.

What can soda and energy drinks do to my teeth?

The impact of soft drinks and energy drinks on teethNot only do soft drinks and energy drinks contain sugar which is metabolized by bacteria in the mouth into erosive acids, but also they may contain direct acids. These acids are detrimental to the tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, and actually break it down causing cavities. The obvious solution to this is to stop drinking sodas and energy drinks.

What if I don’t want to give up soda and energy drinks?

If you don’t want to give them up, drink them in moderation, drink them quickly and don’t swish with them. Using a straw will help reduce the damage of these drinks and rinsing with water immediately after drinking them is a good idea. Another helpful hint is to chew sugarless gum after having sodas or energy drinks. Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva production which serves to wash away the harmful acids and protect your teeth.

More helpful tips

Don’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking soda; the acid weakens the enamel and brushing too soon can cause further damage, according to a German study reported in the September 2003 issue of “The Journal of the American Dental Association.” Also, avoid energy drinks and sodas at bedtime. Your mouth tends to get dry during sleep and the effectiveness of saliva to wash the harmful sugars and acids away from teeth is reduced.

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The Dreaded Gag Reflex http://www.winningsmiles.net/blog/dental-care/the-dreaded-gag-reflex/ Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:24:49 +0000 http://www.winningsmiles.net/?p=2051 A dental appointment with a patient who gags can be a challenge for both the patient and the dentist. The pharyngeal reflex or gag reflex is a reflex contraction often caused by touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, the area around the tonsils, or the back of the throat. The […]

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Overcoming your gag reflexA dental appointment with a patient who gags can be a challenge for both the patient and the dentist. The pharyngeal reflex or gag reflex is a reflex contraction often caused by touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, the area around the tonsils, or the back of the throat. The reflex is a physiologic response intended to prevent something from entering the throat except as part of normal swallowing and therefore helps prevent choking.

For patients with this condition, nearly everything about dentistry is harder. A strong gag reflex can present hurdles to both the patient and dentist. Sometimes, even the normally straightforward task of brushing their teeth at home can be difficult. During my career, I have found several methods that help many of my patients at my dental office WinningSmiles in Fontana, California.

Techniques That Help Combat the Gag Reflex

1) Numb the soft palate with topical anesthetic. We often use topical ointments to numb the roof of the mouth and this oftentimes allows us to complete impressions and dental work on patients with a heavy gag reflex.

2) Relaxation techniques often work with gaggers. We use earphones and soothing music to take the patient’s mind off the procedure. Also focusing a patient’s attention (distraction technique) on a television show is effective. We have televisions in all of our treatment rooms.

3) Laughing Gas (nitrous oxide) is great for allowing patients to relax and take their minds off having objects in their mouths. Laughing gas works by calming patients with a strong gag reflex.

4) Breathing techniques work well to quell the gag reflex. We recommend slow deep breaths through the nose.

5) Lifting legs off the chair: Believe it or not, simply lifting your legs slightly off the chair can help prevent gagging during an impression.

6) Salt on the tip of the tongue: Although I have never tried this before in my office, my colleagues report that putting a small amount of salt on the tip of the tongue works really well to avert gagging.

7) Sedation dentistry: We recommend that patients who are severe gaggers have most of their dental work done while they are sedated. We can perform most all of their dentistry in one or two visits while they are completely relaxed.

Conclusion

Hopefully these suggestions were helpful. Please do not avoid your most important dental visits if you are a gagger. Modern dental techniques allow all patients to have a comfortable experience.

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