Monthly Archives: July 2016

Gentle Dentistry: Prescott Dentistry’s Complimentary Comfort Menu

Gentle Dentistry Prescott

At Prescott Dentistry we strive to create a soothing and comfortable environment to make sure you have a positive experience, even if you suffer from dental fear or waiting room anxiety. If you do suffer from dental phobia, you’re not alone. According to Colgate’s Oral Health Center, it is estimated that between 9% and 15% of Americans actually avoid going to the dentist do to fear.

However, it is important to try and overcome your fears because those who suffer from dental fear often experience poorer overall health and a lowered life expectancy due to oral health’s connection to more serious illnesses including lung infections, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The staff at Prescott Dentistry strive to help you overcome those fears with a complimentary comfort menu. We offer the following gentle dentistry options to make your experience a pleasant one:

 

  • Heated Neck Wrap

    • Lightly sprayed with Aveda soothing oils

  • Cooling Eye Pillow

    • Unscented flax seed pillow

  • Blanket

    • Supersoft microplush throw

  • Neck/Lumbar Pillow

Additional options for Restorative Treatment appointments:

 

  • Music (Headphones)

    • Genre Preference

  • View a Movie/Show

    • Preference

Are you ready to treat yourself? Contact Prescott Dentistry today!

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How’s your “selfie” smile?

selfie stick Cosmetic Dentistry prescott

When you pull out the ol’ selfie stick to  get a snapshot of you and the family having a great time on the lake, on a hike, or out to dinner, does the whole family smile wide? Are you proud to show off those beautiful pearly whites? Or are there a few hold-outs and pursed lip grins in the group? If there are, that’s not unusual.

A recent survey from The Oral Health Foundation indicated that people who take selfies (photos of themselves), particularly in the United Kingdom, more often smile with their mouths closed to hide their teeth than go with a “toothy” open mouthed smile.

According to the study, only twenty-nine percent indicated that they do in fact smile with their teeth when they are being photographed. Of the majority that that do not smile with their teeth, about thirty-three percent pointed to “discolored teeth” as the largest contributing factor to that decision. The second largest contributor to the shame people had regarding their oral state? Crooked or uneven teeth. About two thirds of those served did smile for these selfies, but most just chose to hide their teeth.

Another disturbing fact revealed from this survey? Fifty-five percent of adults revealed that they only brushed once a day. Not a great idea!

If discolored or uneven teeth are causing you to hide your best smile, contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your dental checkup, tooth whitening, or other cosmetic dentistry procedure today.

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Arizona Fun Facts!

Arizona Dentist Fun Facts!

When the heat really kicks in and you find yourself asking why it is you live in Arizona and not Alaska, it helps to remember some fun facts about Arizona that will bring you a little comfort and renewed enthusiasm for the Grand Canyon State! Once you’re done brushing up on your AZ trivia, give your favorite Prescott, Arizona dentist a call to schedule a checkup for you and the family before the kids head back to school.

  • Arizona mines produce more copper than every other state in the US combined. The Morenci Mine in southeastern Arizona is the most productive copper mine in all of North America.

  • Arizona has the most national monuments of any state with a total of eighteen!

  • Clyde Tombaugh discovered the “formerly recognized” planet Pluto from Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff in 1930.

  • The name “Arizona” originates from the Spanish name “Arizonac”. Which is also derived from an Indian word “alĭ ṣonak” which translates to “small spring”.

  • Arizona is the 6th largest state. Every one of the states that make up New England, including Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts & Connecticut along with Pennsylvania could all fit inside Arizona!

  • Arizona has more mountains than any of the “Mountain States” with almost 4,000 mountain summits and peaks.

  • Arizona became the 48th and final state in the contiguous United States on February 14th, 1912 which earned it the nickname the “Valentine State”.

  • The largest collection of to-scale miniature airplane models is located in very own Prescott, Arizona.  The collection can be found at the library of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these awesome Arizona facts and have a newfound appreciation for your home state even in the summer heat!

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Can a nice smile land you a job?

Can a nice smile land you a job?

We’ve pointed out over many of our blogs the numerous advantages a nice smile can provide for your overall life and health. Some of those include advantages for your relationship, attractiveness, perception to others and happiness–not to mention the benefits to your oral health. So it shouldn’t surprise you that a nice smile might just land you that job you’ve been aiming for, too.

A new article from Time Magazine examines lists some of the most important factors recruiters consider when they are checking out your LinkedIn profile (the web’s top career oriented social networking site). Number 1 on that list is of course “Are you smiling in your photo?”

The article states “Flashing some teeth can make you seem more approachable, and that, after all, is the name of the job hunting game.” Having a healthy, beautiful smile that you’re proud of will certainly help that much more!

Another article from Recruiter.com, outlines a few other ways that a nice smile can help land you your dream job. The article states that more or less, a genuine smile can give you an edge over another applicant who may even have more experience and be more qualified for the job. The author of the article goes on to say, “When an employer is interviewing candidates, they want someone who will be able to do the job for sure — but what they also want is someone who will work well with the rest of the team they already have in place.”

Are you confident enough in your smile to use it to your advantage? Contact the team at Prescott Dentistry and ask about teeth whitening in Prescott,our invisalign services, or a cosmetic consultation if you’re looking to take your smile to the next level.

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Oral Health Tips to Keep in Mind During Pregnancy

Prenatal Dental Care in Prescott

Pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful time. It may be the case that your oral health is the last thing on your mind when you’re consumed with the health of your baby to be. With that in mind, here are a few easy tips to keep in mind so that you and your teeth stay as healthy as the baby! And don’t forget to bring the little one in once his or her first tooth comes in!

1.  Morning sickness and brushing

Keeping up with your regular twice daily brushing and flossing can be difficult when you’re dealing with a volatile stomach. It helps to switch to a more neutral flavored toothpaste during this time to help with the nausea. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash after vomiting as it can erode your tooth enamel.

2. Don’t avoid the dentist

Some people believe that a trip to the dentist during pregnancy can be harmful to the baby. However, it is more dangerous to neglect your oral health. These days most dentists, including Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson, are trained in treating soon-to-be mothers and their babies.

3. Don’t pass on the germs

Once you’re little one is born, do you’re best to avoid sharing your oral bacteria. The bacteria that causes tooth decay isn’t initially present in an infant’s mouth, but something as small as the sharing of a spoon can spread these to your child. Do your best to keep your mouth clean and thoroughly clean anything you intend on giving to your child to put in their mouth.

Do you have questions about prenatal dental care? Contact Prescott Dentistry today, and schedule a checkup while you’re at it!

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Top Four July Fourth Holiday Dental Tips

Top Four July Fourth Holiday Dental Tips

There are sure to be plenty literal and figurative fireworks all weekend long this Independence Day. While you’re busy enjoying food, drink, family and friends there are few ways you can keep your dental and overall health in mind. Read on below for some key ways to stay healthy and safe this holiday weekend and contact the team at Prescott Dentistry to schedule your post-holiday checkup!

1.  Go easy on the booze

Alcohol, whether it’s beer, wine, or something harder, will limit your saliva production causing dry mouth which can lead to oral health issues and bad breath! Red wines can stain your teeth and alcohol will also dehydrate you in the summer sun. And don’t even think about using your mouth as a bottle opener!

2.  Stay hydrated

This goes hand in hand with limiting your alcohol intake. Staying hydrated is key for all aspects of your health, including your teeth. Especially in this Arizona heat! Keeping your mouth moist is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth. It’s also a great idea to drink water about fifteen minutes after you consume any carbonated or overly acidic beverages like juice to cut back on enamel erosion.

3.  Healthy food, healthy teeth

Try to avoid too many sweets or sugary snacks. This one’s pretty obvious, but there are a few holiday themed snacks that are great for you like watermelon! Watermelon scrubs your teeth and helps keep you hydrated. Other healthy snacks like apples and cucumber are great as well.

4.  Pool safety

No one wants to start off their holiday weekend with a chipped or knocked out tooth! Make sure the kids, and even the adults who may have had a beer or two, take it slow around the pool. Also, while swimming is a great summertime family activity, keep in mind that pool chemicals have a higher pH than saliva and can stain your teeth with too much exposure.

Have a great Fourth of July from Dr. Montes, Dr. Thompson and the team at Prescott Dentistry!

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