Did you know that 1950’s heart-throb, James Dean, had no front teeth…he wore a bridge!
Did you know that the average adult has 28 to 32 teeth, depending on whether or not they have kept their “wisdom” teeth.
The importance of brushing and flossing aside, how well do you know your pearly whites?
• If you don’t floss regularly, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
• The average person brushes for a mere 45-70 seconds a day. The recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
• Tooth decay is the most widespread disease of mankind…and the oldest.
• The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.
• The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938.
• The electric toothbrush first appeared in 1939.
• Teratomas, certain kinds of tumors which contain cells from other parts of the body, may contain teeth.
• The ancient Sumerians described tooth decay as “tooth worms.”
• Sadly, 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping that floss their teeth.
• Happily, over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
• The hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel.
• More than 300 types of bacteria combine to make dental plaque.
• Babies begin to develop their primary teeth just six weeks after conception.
• About one in every 2000 babies is born with ‘natal teeth.’
• A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes. But if it’s held in the mouth or put in milk it will survive longer.
• People with hyperdontia have extra or ‘super-numerary’ teeth. Most remain hidden below the gum line, but occasionally they erupt and crowd other teeth.
• Most tooth loss in people over the age of 35 is from periodontal disease.
• Most tooth loss in people under the age of 35 is from athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
And last, but not least…the Statue of Liberty’s mouth is three feet wide!
Fear of going to the dentist is a universal phenomenon. If you fear visiting the dentist, you are not alone! Studies show that between 10% and 20% of adults avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear – including fear of pain, needles, anesthesia, possible embarrassment and loss of personal space.
Dental phobias are much more severe. Those who experience them are terrified, panic-stricken and may become physically ill. They know that their fears are irrational but are unable to do anything about them.
Older adults, who experienced dental care when procedures were not as advanced, commonly fear the dentist. It is likely they had a painful dental procedure when anesthesia was not used and their comfort was not a consideration.
Calm your fears:
1. Talk to your dentist. If you are anxious about a procedure, talk with your dentist about it. It could be that the ‘unknown’ is what you fear, especially if it has been many years since you last visited a dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
2. ‘Talk’ with your hands. It’s impossible to communicate with a mouthful of dental tools. Talk to your dentist before your procedure about how you will communicate any pain or discomfort you may feel.
3. Take a break. During a long procedure, anxiety can build and you may begin to feel claustrophobic. If you feel, at any time, like you need take a break, let your dentist know.
4. Get distracted. Think about something else; let your mind wander. Listen to the radio, a podcast or an audio book on your mobile device. Tune in to tune out!
5. Consider medication. Today’s anesthesia is much more effective than in years past. Discuss with your dentist the varied possibilities. At Star White Dental, we offer Sedation Dentistry – a safe, tiny pill taken the night before your procedure that calms your anxiety.
If you lose sleep and tend to worry excessively about what might happen at the dentist’s office, let us put your fears to rest. Your oral health is well worth the effort!
At StarWhite Dental, we pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of dental technology. In line with that philosophy is the Galileos® 3D Cone Beam imaging system. This piece of equipment moves beyond typical diagnostic x-ray potential, enabling us to provide more accurate diagnoses and better patient care.
What does Galileo® do?
The Galileo 3D Cone Beam imaging system provides a three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth in perfect image quality. This allows us to make more accurate diagnoses and implant placement. Plus, we can walk patients through their upcoming procedure virtually, so they can become more comfortable with all that is involved. Galileo’s digital technology also makes the images scalable and instantly sharable. Contrast this with the film of typical dental x-ray equipment.
Advantages of the Galileo® system
These are some of the advantages our patients can realize from the availability of the Galileo 3D Cone Beam digital system.
• Low radiation dose (80 to 90% lower than traditional film)
• A quick, comprehensive scan of the complete oral-maxillofacial area
• Immediate virtual diagnosis and treatment planning in one visit
• More certainty during surgery
• Easy sharing of images and diagnostic information with other doctors for consultation
At StarWhite Dental we also offer other advanced technology to our patients, things like a 3D intraoral camera, laser periodontal surgery, and same-day crowns. Call us and let’s put this technology to work for your oral health needs, 951-698-4426.