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    Tooth Decay

    July 30th, 2009
    Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, is a disease where bacterial processes damage hard tooth structure (enamel, dentin and cementum). These tissues progressively break down, producing dental cavities (holes in the teeth). If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection, and, in severe cases, death.  Today, tooth decay remains one of the most common diseases throughout the world.

    Tooth decay is caused by specific types of acid-producing bacteria which

    cause damage in the presence of fermentable carbohydrates such as sucrose,

    fructose, and glucose

    Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, but there is no known method to regenerate large amounts of tooth structure. Instead, dental health organizations advocate preventive and prophylactic measures, such as regular oral hygiene and dietary modifications, to avoid dental tooth decay.

    Though more than 95% of trapped food is left packed between teeth after every meal or snack, over 80% of cavities develop inside pits and fissures in grooves on chewing surfaces where the brush cannot reach and there is no access for saliva and fluoride to neutralize acid and remineralize demineralized tooth. Few cavities occur where saliva has easy access.

    Cosmetic dentists in Dallas can perform these procedures to accommodate your needs.


    Afraid?

    July 30th, 2009

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    “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” Dale Carnegie

     
    Shocking stats: It is estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of U.S. adults are considered to experience dental phobia; that is, they are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they avoid dental care at all costs.
     
    Many dentally fearful people will only seek dental care when they have a dental emergency, such as a toothache or dental abscess. People who are very fearful of dental care often experience a “cycle of avoidance,” in which they avoid dental care due to fear until they experience a dental emergency requiring invasive treatment, which can reinforce their fear of dentistry.
     
    Women tend to report more dental fear than men, and younger people tend to report being more dentally fearful than older individuals. People tend to report being more fearful of more invasive procedures, such as oral surgery, than they are of less invasive treatment, such as professional dental cleanings, or prophylaxis…

    Don’t let fear grip you… You’ll regret it if you don’t.

    When you visit Dr. Hibbs You will find a warm and welcoming environment.

    “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson


    "What You Must Never Do When Getting Cosmetic Work Done!"

    July 30th, 2009
    Ok, so here’s the scenario… you tell a Cosmetic Dentist what changes you’d like to see with your smile…How do they respond?
       
    A common mistake is not gathering all the facts. Make sure your Cosmetic Dentists explains all of your options before you make a decision.
       
    Some Cosmetic Dentists will try and get you to commit to the most expensive treatments to fatten their pocketbooks, others are going to give you the perfect solution which may also cost more than you expected… but unfortunately many people don’t question what a Cosmetic Dentist tells them…be different. Ask questions. However, if you find someone you trust, you can know they are giving you the correct solutions and advise. This is why it’s so important to find someone you can trust and feel comfortable with.
       
    Many people think some Cosmetic Dentists are out for a big pay day. And some may be. But this is not the norm. Keep in mind that there are many Cosmetic Dentists in Dallas out there that put the best needs of their patients first! These dentists will provide you with a good range of options to choose from, rather than recommending the most expensive treatment even though it’s not needed… and these are the Cosmetic Dentists you want to book your treatment with.
       
    If you tell the Cosmetic Dentist you’d like a whiter, brighter smile, and the dentist simply recommends costly veneers without giving you any other options, you may have a problem. Why? Well, veneers may be an great solution for someone who wants a whiter, brighter smile.They’re also the most invasive and expensive procedure… so ask yourself: Did the dentist let you know about other options such as whitening trays or laser whitening?

    Is it the right thing to do?

    July 30th, 2009

    “Many People Think It’s The

    ‘Right Thing To Do -

    Don’t Make The Same Mistake!”

    Many people think shopping around is what everyone should do when they make a purchase. And I agree, shopping around is good, however, it’s also a major factor in procrastination. If you were thinking about buying a new house, would you buy the first one a real estate agent showed you? Probably not… Unless you knew it was the perfect house for you!

    Well, the same goes for choosing a Cosmetic Dentist!

    Just like your home, your smile is something you “live in” day in and day out, 24 hours a day, seven days a week… and before you commit to a particular Cosmetic Dentist, you need to do your homework and “shop around”. Here are some helpful hints to choose the right Cosmetic Dentist for you! When you meet with Dr. Hibbs, take note of the environment:Do you feel comfortable asking them questions, or do you feel rushed? How clean is the facility? What are the staff like?

    Keep your eyes open and take in everything you can…

    Also, most Cosmetic Dentists should have a book on display of before-and-after pictures of their patients… if you don’t see this available, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

    … Most Cosmetic Dentists are proud to show their work to prospective patients!

    It’s also wise to ask for permission to contact two or three past patients to find out what their experience with the Cosmetic Dentist was like.

    Are they happy with their results? Did they have any complications or other problems after their procedure? If so, how did the dentist respond? These are all excellent things to find out. Once you feel comfortable, go for it!