Nearly 1 out of every 5 individuals fears the dentist more than snakes, spiders, or heights according to a recent British Medical Journal survey (i). Alarmingly, that survey also indicates that the 1,000 respondents polled fear the dentist up to 10 times more than any other medical professional. This is disheartening for Miami dental professionals, indicating that as many as 1 in 5 Miami residents may be avoiding regular cleanings and other procedures. With the tooth decay and gum disease on the rise, holistic dentistry practitioners are beginning to ask: How can we help patients overcome the fear and anxiety associated with seeing a health professional?
It’s that time of year, Miami! It’s time to reflect in the ups and downs of the previous year and turn to the coming year with excitement and open arms. The transition into the New Year can be symbolic of rebirth and a time to recommit oneself to the pursuit of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Gum disease is one of the most common yet misunderstood oral conditions known. An estimated 30% of individuals are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease, and it is the number one reason for tooth loss in Americans age 30 and over (i). Despite these overwhelming numbers, there is a simply way to build strong and resilient health in the gums.
As 2011 draws to a close, our Miami dentist office would like to take a moment and reflect on the technologies that have helped us deliver unparalleled quality of service to our patients. From lasers to 3D imaging and beyond, Assure a Smile invests heavily in dental tools that add comfort, convenience, and quality to your dental experience. Our team pursues ongoing education and training as well, ensuring patients receive the highest quality of care each time they visit our practice.
It’s almost time to make New Year’s resolutions, and what better place to start than with oral health? The oral cavity is the “gateway” to the body, a place where both healthy nutrients as well as malicious bacteria may enter. In this light, it is easy to see why oral hygiene is so important. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is vital in eating well as they facilitate the consumption healthy all-natural foods. What’s more, strong oral health makes the body more resilient towards infectious germs and bacteria.
Without further ado, our Miami dental office presents this year’s guide to healthy teeth and gums in 2012!