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Why People Dodge Dentists

Sure, everyone knows that going to see the dentist is good for you. Preventing dental problems is way easier and cheaper than addressing them once they’ve become serious concerns, after all. However, knowing that something is the right thing to do and actually doing it are two very different things. Here at Tempe Family Dentistry, we’ve heard every excuse in the book for why people avoid coming in to see Dr. Smith and his team. Hopefully, by addressing your issues one by one, we can ease your concerns and get you in for your annual checkup.

For example, we often hear things like, “oh, I keep forgetting to make an appointment.” We understand that taking the time out of your day can be tough. That’s why our office team is top notch, making sure to be available when needed. We reach out to you on easy and convenient platforms like text, making sure that both making and keeping your appointment are as easy as possible.

We also understand that finding a dental team that you like and feel comfortable with can be really tricky. The entire staff here at Tempe Family Dentistry is dedicated to creating a warm and friendly atmosphere that helps make you feel as welcome as possible. When you’re here, we want you to feel like part of our family. Our patients are important to us, and that’s why we place such a high value on customer service.

Of course, we can’t forget the people who avoid coming to the dentist out of a very real sense of anxiety or even fear. Dental anxiety is a well-documented phenomenon, and we would never make light of a condition that impacts so many of our patients. Believe it or not, we even have people on staff who struggle with this particular affliction! Our staff is well practiced at putting anxious patients at ease, and if more is needed than kind words and a patient attitude, we are well-trained in a variety of interventions up to and including anesthesia options.

Often, people are simply afraid of the bad news the dentist may give them about further work that needs to be done with their oral care. However, this fear is exactly why regular appointments are so important. Preventative care is faster, cheaper, and less painful than more serious dental interventions, and can help prevent serious damage in your teeth and gums. Instead of letting your fear of bad news get the best of you, use it to help get the care you need.
Getting good quality dental care on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining your oral hygiene. Instead of allowing the excuses to pile up, why not bite the bullet and make an appointment at Tempe Family Dentistry today? Our team can get you the care you need while easing many of the concerns that may be plaguing you. Stop searching for excuses and make an appointment now to get an appointment on the books.

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Savoring Your Saliva

Generally speaking, saliva is seen as something negative in our culture. Associated with germs and widely rude behavior, we call it spit and dismiss it as useless and even disgusting. However, dentists have a completely different view on saliva, being completely aware of all of the powerful positive effects it has on your oral health and hygiene. Learning just a few of these positive benefits is sure to change your outlook on this too often disparaged bodily fluid.

Fighting Germs: While saliva is often associated with spreading disease, too few people actually realize the important role that it plays in helping to ward off infection. Saliva carries immunoproteins that trap and clump together bacteria, making it easier to wash these dangerous microbes away and preventing them from infesting your body. These immunoproteins also work to prevent dangerous oral diseases like gingivitis, contributing to your long term dental health. While saliva can’t succeed alone, it plays an important role in keeping your mouth in tip-top shape.
Maintaining Tooth Health: Saliva surrounds your teeth every day, and it is chock full of minerals that actually help keep your teeth strong and healthy. These minerals help to rebuild and strengthen the enamel on the outside of your teeth, protecting them from cavities and decay. Dentists know that this process is what keeps thickening your enamel over the span of time, which is one of the reasons that children are more prone to dental decay than adults. There is no other process in the body that is as helpful in keeping your enamel strong, and combined with a regular regiment of brushing and flossing your saliva can keep your teeth healthier.

Antacid Effects: It is a little known fact that your saliva actually helps to act as an antacid, both with items that you are ingesting as well as with any overactive stomach acid with which you may be struggling. While it certainly is not strong enough to be the only answer to your overactive acid reflux, it is your body’s first line of defense against the discomfort of painful acid attacks.

Scientific Advancement: With advancements in science, saliva testing offers a safe and easy way to not only test for genetic traits and anomalies, but also for viruses like HIV. There are even tests now being developed to treat for more serious conditions like cancer or hepatitis. Saliva testing is painless and simple, making it a remarkably appealing way to collect data.

As far as dentists are concerned, saliva is much more than just spit. It is a fluid with many important medical and dental uses that should be valued. People who suffer from intense dry mouth, otherwise known as xerostomia, definitely appreciate saliva for its many uses. After all, they know from first-hand experience that without plentiful saliva, chewing, speaking, swallowing, and other everyday activities can be extremely difficult. Instead of treating your saliva as something to be ashamed of, remember its many uses and be thankful for the saliva you’ve got.

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Our recent winners

Over the summer we did a drawing for all our patients who left a review for the office. We were blown away! We have such wonderful patients and had a whole “hat” full to draw from. Today our winner came in for her cleaning and received her gift cards.

We also had our patients guess how many shredded book pages were in the jar here at the office. Lots of our patients came close but the magic number 4 was guessed by Karen. She received a Barnes and Noble gift card to stock up on good reads for the holidays.

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How Stress Can Damage Your Oral Health

How Stress Can Damage Your Oral Health

Stress is an issue we all deal with on a daily basis. Headaches, inability to sleep, higher blood pressure… all are side effects of too much stress. Failure to find ways to alleviate stress and keep yourself calm will cause you to age faster, and be less happy. Many times, people think they are sick with the latest bug, when in fact it is stress that is causing the physical pain and trouble they are experiencing. Often disregarded is the toll that stress can take on your oral health. Here are a few examples of what Dr. Michael G. Smith and his staff have seen throughout their years when it comes to stress-related impact on mouths:

Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism is defined as “excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It is an oral parafunctional activity; i.e., it is unrelated to normal function such as eating or talking.” Check out Wikipedia’s information here. Many of us know someone who grinds their teeth when stressed. Some people also tend to grind their teeth when sleeping, without even realizing it, only to wake up with jaw pain and headaches. Over time, without treatment such as a guard to be worn during sleep, teeth can become damaged.

Canker Sores

In recent years, numerous studies have shown stress to be harmful to your immune system, allowing easier passage for infections to develop, and last longer. When it comes to your mouth, canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, can arrive on your tongue, gums, or cheeks. They can usually stick around for about a week, but if your stress levels are high, that can be much longer. Gingivitis and other forms of oral infection can act to compound upon the problem. Clean gums and teeth will help drastically to reduce your risk for developing these uncomfortable sores. If canker sores are a frequent issue for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

Unhealthy Habits

Ahhh… the ones we all know too well. When you get stressed, you tend to reach out for something to relieve that stress. For many, that is smoking, or drinking alcohol. Both of which can cause a decline in the function of your immune system, as well as damage to the tissues within your mouth. When those tissues become damaged, you run a greater risk for infection and bigger problems like tooth and gum decay. Another side effect of stress in that you may neglect your daily oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing regularly. This can cause plaque to build, and create an environment where disease and infection can flourish.

Simple Ways to Relieve Stress


• Try to take a few minutes each day to concentrate on the things you are thankful for in your life. This sort of positive outlook and targeted thinking can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your day.

Breathe Deeply
• If you do find yourself in a moment of stress, take a minute to calm down, breathe deeply in and out, and refocus your energy on positive thinking. This is a great way to relieve stress and get yourself back on track.

• Ever heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine”? Of course you have, because it’s true. Laughing makes everyone feel better, and it’s arguably the #1 way to relieve stress. Releasing happy hormones and pain relieving chemicals in your brain, there really isn’t anything better than having a good, genuine laugh.

Listen to Music
• Studies have shown that music has proven to lower blood pressure, as well as anxiety and heart rate. Listen to something you love when you are feeling down, so that you can get yourself back on track to having a good day.

Dr. Michael G. Smith prides himself on a comprehensive concern for your oral health. With an attention to detail and thorough understanding of your daily habits, he is better able to keep your mouth in top shape, and provide recommendations to keep it that way. If you are someone who has developed a habit of grinding your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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China Trip 2017

Dr. Smith and his wife had the opportunity to travel to China for the first time.Here are a few pictures he shared with us.We will post more when he gets back!

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Easter Basket Drawing

For the last month, we’ve had our patients guess how many cadbury eggs were in the jar. The winner just happened to be on the schedule today so we surprised her with this cute Easter Basket!

17884152_1737538316537572_4567505657679558804_n-300x225 Easter Basket Drawing

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Spring Break 2017 Costa Rica

Our Spring Break trip to Costa Rica was to enjoy the beautiful Rainforest and Beach. Our family lives for the sunrises and sunsets of each day while we are on vacation. Dr. Smith helps us to enjoy each moment we are together.

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Birthday Do-over

Sometimes our days get a bit crazy and birthdays come and go.  Today was a special day for Koby and Dee, they got a do-over birthday celebration where they were able to celebrate when everyone could be apart of the party!

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Balloon Dentist

Over the weekend Dr. Smith had the wonderful opportunity to take the Mattison family for a hot air balloon ride to honor their beautiful daughter Hannah.

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Dr. Michael G. Smith IV Sedation

IV Sedation

Dr. Smith and Ana attending their annual member meeting in Las Vegas, getting additional course work in IV Sedation dentistry. While there, they made friends with other assistants, one from CA and one from AZ!

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