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The Most Paranoid Dental Patient Ever

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry - Scared Dental Patient

Every workplace experiences head shaking humor at one time or another. One of the most intense experiences in our industry is dealing with patients who suffer true paranoia about sitting in a dentist’s chair. Here at Oyster Point Dentistry we specialize in settling those with dental treatment anxiety. Our treatment services range from pre-treatment counselling (relaxation methodologies and pre-treatment medication) to teaming here on site with medical doctors (Board Certified Anesthesiologists) to deliver sedation and total sleep dentistry treatment here in Newport News Virginia.

What drove us to write today regarding dental patient paranoia? We read the story recently (in one of our dental journals) about a loving husband who no longer could stand idly by why his beloved wife suffered from chronic tooth and gum disease. For her own health and wellbeing, he scheduled her for dental treatment, scheduled annual leave for the day of the appointment, and steadily reassured her in the days leading up to the appointment that everything would be OK.

On the morning of the appointment, the wife appeared incensed about being forced to go to the dentist. She did not say a word that morning and remained silent all the way into the dentist’s chair. What those dentists discovered was truly a unique dental case. She had super-glued her teeth together! A long story short here, the treatment involved two phases. First, a staff member went to the local grocer and brought back a bottle of olive oil. In time, the oil broke down the glue’s bond and freed her mouth. Second, they used what we offer, heavy dental sedation to calm her and successfully completed the treatment.

They wouldn’t print it if it wasn’t true. All of this to say, your caring friends here at Oyster Pointe Dentistry (Newport News, Va) know how to get even the most paranoid of patients through their critical dental health care treatments. It’s a half-hour to a grocer from here, so don’t glue your mouth shut. Call us. We have better ideas.

Many people are afraid of going to the dentist, but most will muster the bravery to go in when their teeth start falling out. However, most people are not Angie Barlow of England.

Simple Daily Preventative Dental Care Vs. Pain, Pride, and Money– Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 09, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental health measures

Simple daily dental health measures deliver multiple benefits as it pertains to dental pain, your self image, and your wallet. By simply brushing and flossing your teeth daily you will enjoy the benefits of a pain free dental condition while also enjoying the lowest dental care cost possible.

Because we truly care for our patients, our dental care professionals here in Newport News VA routinely remind our patients to never take their dental health for granted. Good dental hygiene is a simple and fast endeavor. Simply brush your teeth after every meal and commit to flossing your teeth at least once a day. Keeping your teeth clean and your breath fresh all the time can keep disease-causing bacteria to enter your body’s system and cause problems up to the cellular level. Your mouth is a passage way to your internal organs so it is important that preventive measures should be done starting from there.

Preventative dental care does not only include brushing and flossing. Twice a year have your teeth cleaned by your dentist. Most do not realize the secondary benefit of those visits when your dentist assesses your entire mouth for new and potentially deadly disease. Like any cancer, cancer of the mouth, if diagnosed early, significantly increases your chance of full recovery.

To find out more about the importance of preventative dental care, contact your friends here at Newport News' Oyster Point Dentistry.

Preventative Dental Care Tips (Newport News, Va)

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 02, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

Believe it or not, our goal here at Oyster Point Dentistry (Newport News, Va) is to only see you twice a year for routine check-ups and cleaning. That means you are dentally happy and healthy. If you're here for any other reason, we of course are here to restore you to full dental health. Our preventative care web page offers good tips. We go a bit farther in this blog post to help educate you further. What follows are ten simple and routine dental hygiene measures you should take:

  1. Brush properly: One of the easiest steps to do to help your teeth keep clean. When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath.
    Try to brush at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria.
  2. Floss! Flossing removes food particles and other detrimental substances that brush can't. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. Floss daily and strive for twice a day.
  3. Avoid Tobacco. This can and will save you from oral cancer and periodontal complication risk. It will save you from the ill-effects of things you use to mask "smoker's breath": candy, coffee, tea, or sugar based breath mints.
  4. Limit Sodas, Coffee and Alcohol. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored. Choose beverages like milk which actually strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel.
  5. Consume Calcium and other Vitamins that are good for the body. You need plenty of calcium for your teeth. It is essential for the teeth as well as your bones. It is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. You can also take a calcium supplement, taking different doses according to your age and necessity as per prescription. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.
  6. Visit Your Dentist. As previoulsy stated, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.
  7. Use Mouthwash along side brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is very helpful because they kill bacteria in your mouth. This promotes good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth.
  8. Having a toothache or noticing other dental symptoms. If you are having tooth and jaw pain make an appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist needs to diagnose the underlying cause and correct it before it turns into a greater problem.
  9. Look at the Big Picture. Everyone understands that you should take care of your teeth to avoid toothaches, maintain your looks and keep dental bills at bay. Many people, however, don’t understand how crucial oral health is to our total health picture. Tooth problems can lead to diabetes, heart disease, systemic infections, an inability to eat or speak properly and other maladies – some life-threatening. Crooked or crowded teeth can contribute to gum disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Straight teeth are no longer just for looks.
  10. Clean your tongue. Clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.

We're also here to answer your general questions. Please feel free to call us anytime with questions about how you can improve your smile and overall dental health.

Oral Sedation -- Possibly Your Only Option for Non-Cooperative Children – Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 23, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Sedation in Newport News, VA

Dental Sedation in Newport News, VA is intended to lessen the anxiety and discomfort of dental patients but is exceptionally effective for non-cooperative children. Many children suffer from poor dental health because parents simply give up on putting them in the dentist's chair But this is a serious health issue that can result in life-long tooth loss, gum disease, and other risks. To put an end to this, the dental community has thought of other means to make kids feel comfortable with going to a clinic and visiting the dentist.

Dental sedation techniques come in various forms. But there is one that is commonly used especially for children: oral sedation. Unlike general anesthesia that can render a child unconsious, oral sedation will only make the child drowsy or less active which allows the dentist to conduct the dental treatment with more ease and facility. Once the procedure is done, its effect will just desist quickly. This alternative itself is indeed safe, effective, and painless. Additionally, oral sedation does not require the use of needles, which is also one of the many things kids fear. But sometimes sedation is not enough and total sleep dentistry is required to treat the child. This is the process where our dental staff teams with medical doctors (anesthesiologists) to treat the child in an operating-room environment.

To find out more about oral sedation techniques, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisalign Clear Aligners Offer Comfort and Convenience to Patients – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisalign clear aligners in Hampton, VA

The aesthetic advantage of the Invisalign clear aligner teeth straightening treatment here at Oyster Point Dentistry in Hampton, VA is clear. Literally. But there are actually numerous advantages and/or benefits aside from that.

There are several treatment and health advantages to these Invisalign clear aligners. When you use Invisalign instead of metal braces, most people will not even notice you are in orthodontic treatment. That is because these aligners are virtually invisible which makes them an excellent option for patients who would like to have no braces in photos, for performances, or during social events. The Invisalign clear aligners can be custom-colored to mimic the natural shade of your tooth enamel. So that once you wear them, they will instantly blend and look as if you were not really wearing aligners.

The invisible teeth straightening technology of Invisalign lets you achieve that aesthetically pleasing dental arch without causing you much inconvenience during the entire treatment. The Invisalign clear aligners are so comfortable to wear because they are custom for every patient alone. They are made of a comfortable clear plastic. You will be changing your sets of aligners as you progress in your treatment.

Aside from the comfort, you will also be benefiting from the convenience that these aligners can offer. You can take them out to eat which means you can eat everything you like even while you are on a treatment. You can even remove these aligners while brushing and flossing your teeth as you normally would.

To find out more about Invisalign clear aligners, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Britesmile - Low Hydrogen Peroxide Whitening Treatment – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 09, 2017

Britesmile teeth whitening system guarantees that your teeth with be at least 9 shades lighter after the treatment. This advanced in-office whitening treatment is best for people who have teeth that are severely stained.

This in-office whitening treatment in Newport News, VA usually takes just over an hour to finish. This professional teeth whitening treatment uses a specially formulated gel that is safe and affordable. Additionally, this gel contains lower amounts of hydrogen peroxide as compared to other teeth whitening systems so there will be no burning sensation in the mouth as can occur with other whitening options. The low amounts of hydrogen peroxide also ensure that the treatment is absolutely pleasurable and pain-free for every user.

To find out more about Britesmile teeth whitening treatment, visit your dentist at Oyster Point Dentistry.

Newest Dental Fillings Create A Bond with The Tooth Structure that is Incredibly Strong and Invisible – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 02, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newsport News, VA

Today's dental fillings incorporate safe and so technologically advanced materials that render them virtually invisible to the naked eye. Compared against traditional metal amalgams, new filling materials utilize a blend of composite resins that are customized by your dentist to exactly match the color of your teeth. There are several clear reasons to choose this new material. Silver and other metals are used less often because of cost, aesthetics, and health reasons. The mercury contained in the traditional amalgam fillings is considered a health hazard.

The invisible dental filling material that we use here in Newport News, VA bonds stronger to the tooth and produces a safer and longer lasting treatment option. They do not stain which contributes to the invisibility of the material over the course of a lifetime. To find out more about invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Dental Sedation Techniques Help Patients not Feel Anxious nor Afraid – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 26, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry Dental Sedation Services in Hampton, VA

Multiple dental sedation processes allow even the most anxiety-prone patients to relax and tolerate even the most complex dental procedures. Our caring and highly trained dental professionals can take you safely to a never before level of comfort and confidence in the dentist's chair. It starts with us being a truly caring team of professionals who understand and appreciate your natural anxieties.

Although we are all trained and experienced professionals, we're also dental patients just like you and all of us have varying degrees of dental treatment anxiety ourselves. We take great pride in our ability to talk you through the entire process, all the while systematically settling the nerves of even the most fearful people.

Our dental sedation treatment options range from minor (ie. the common use of nitrous oxide gas) to total sleep sedation where we team with medical doctors (anesthesiologists) to totally sedate via general anesthesia. Sometimes this is the only course of action that can be taken to treat those whose anxieties prevent even the notion of visiting a dentist. These extreme fears of the dentist can be life-threatening fears as one's dental health steadily deteriorates over time.

The dental sedation services we offer here in Hampton, VA are safe, effective. Your medical insurance (vice dental insurance) in certain cases can be tapped to fully cover your treatment. So if you, a family member, or a friend is putting their long-term health at risk due to fear of dental treatment, let us talk you through it. There is a clear and easy path to pain and anxiety-free dental treatment. To find out more about dental sedation techniques, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisalign Clear Aligners – 3 Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth – Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 19, 2017
Invisalign system offered here in Newport News VA

The clear favorite among American dental professionals for teeth alignment technology is the patented Invisalign system offered here in Newport News VA. There are three steps involved in the Invisalign treatment process. Sadly though, Invisalign is not a viable treatment option for everyone due to dental circumstance. That is a complicated subject best left to be discussed directly with you and your dentist.

The first step is to seek a consult with your dentist regarding your (or your loved one's) dental condition and to determine exactly what are your treatment options. If Invisalign invisible teeth straightening is mutually deemed to be the best treatment for you, the next step involves 3-D mapping of your mouth and teeth that your certified dentist uses to map out the treatment strategy. No two cases are the same. The third step involves the patient's doing his/her part that you maximize the wear of the removable aligners and that the patient properly maintains the aligners.

Invisalign is a fantastically comfortable and convenient teeth straightening system. To find out more about Invisalign clear aligners, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Britesmile Teeth Whitening System – A New Safe, Simple, and Affordable Smile – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 12, 2017
Britesmile Teeth Whitening System - In Office Whitening Treatment, Hampton, VA

January is a good time of the year to undergo in-office whitening treatment. Chances are the last dental cleaning you had was back in the mid-year timeframe. Also, chances are that your dental insurance has reset for a new calendar year making you eligible for normal coverage of your bi-annual check-up. This is a perfect time to combine that checkup with an in-office teeth whitening treatment.

When looking for professional teeth whitening in and around Hampton, VA, teeth whitening services, strongly consider the current leader in teeth whitening systems, Britesmile. Not all clinics are certified and qualified to use this "best of the best" whitening system. It is America's choice for numerous reasons. The reasons cited most often are the products safety and affordability. Not all teeth whitening systems are the same so talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of each system.

Britesmile teeth whitening system offers immediate result. Unlike over-the-counter whitening tooth pastes and gels that require weeks and months to produce results, Britesmile uses a safe and effective laser technology that immediately removes even deep-seated stains. Another good thing about Britesmile is your dentist can control how white your teeth should be. You will be able to achieve the kind of white that will look good on you.

To find out more about Britesmile teeth whitening treatment, visit your dentist at Oyster Point Dentistry.