Trade Winds Dental, easing your fears of the dentist

At Trade Winds Dental it is our priority to offer safe and gentle dentistry in a relaxing, professional, and patient-focused environment. We know that it is not uncommon for patients to have dental phobias, which is why we do our best to accommodate all patients.

Dr. Hennington recently saw a patient who hadn’t visited the dentist for over 10 years due to previous bad experiences and anxiety. Just leaning her back in the dental chair would trigger an anxiety response. Thanks to sedation dentistry, the patient was able to complete extensive treatment over several appointments that took her out of pain, helped save teeth she was on verge of losing, and add teeth in areas where they were missing. She was completely comfortable during procedure and even slept through most of it.

Talking to the patient after her procedures, she remembered very little and was extremely grateful and happy with the outcome. The great thing is that she now knows there is hope for her with respect to any future treatment, and she is now committed to regular visits and preventive care.

April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month, and a great time for the team at Trade Winds Dental to remind athletes to protect their pearly whites while participating in sports, whether they are “contact” sports or not. Dr. Hennington does provide custom made mouth guards at a reasonable price, and we feel they are more effective than the “boil and bite” OTC models because of the custom fit. Anything is better than nothing, however, and there are some decent OTC models that are better than nothing. After all, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out annually, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards, or if you would like to learn more about our custom made mouth guards.

 

Patients with special needs at Trade Winds Dental

Patients with special needs, conditions and disabilities deserve a dental professional that is experienced and willing to work with them to create a comfortable, relaxing environment. In many cases, Trade Winds Dental is able to serve these patients by creating a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to meet their specific needs. We can also make adjustments in our new office to help patients feel at ease, such as adjusting the chair position. In more advanced cases, however, we refer to specialists who can provide the most customized care.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about our office, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Hennington!

What, exactly, is malocclusion?

Malocclusion, or what Dr. Hennington calls “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your appearance.

Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it generally is not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Dr. Hennington will tell you that untreated malocclusion can lead undesirable mouth problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, or chipped and cracked teeth. The most common solution for malocclusion, of course, is orthodontic treatment. The actual course of treatment, including the length of time you will require braces, will be determined by severity of your malocclusion. The goal of your treatment is to move your teeth into the proper position and correct any misalignment in the jaw.

If you have any questions about malocclusion, please give Trade Winds Dental call and we’ll try to answer any questions you may have.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Visiting Dr. Hennington regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Hennington would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

As a dentist, Dr. Hennington is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next appointment. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!