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Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC May 2016 Newsletter
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Use These Tips to Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
If you have a fear of the dentist, a routine cleaning can become a major source of stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that you can work to overcome your dental fears.

Talk to Us
If you are fearful about your dental procedure, tell us during your appointment. This will help us decide the best approach for your appointment, and you'll feel more in control when everyone is on the same page.

Learn about the Procedure
Knowledge is power, so knowing exactly what will happen during your dental procedure can leave you feeling more comfortable. It is your right to understand the work that is going to be done on your teeth.

Work on Your Breathing
Practicing yoga and meditation outside of the dental office can assist you with your dental appointments. Breathing techniques can help you to relax when you are sitting in the dental chair.

Prioritize Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is a helpful way to prevent major dental problems that may involve more time spent in a dental chair. The more often that you go in for regular cleanings, the less likely it is that you will experience a greater dental problem that requires extensive treatment.

If you are living with dental anxiety you're not alone. Contact our office today for more tips on how to deal with your fears.

How to Boost Your Saliva Production
If you are suffering from dry mouth, you may be interested in ways that you can boost your saliva production to keep your teeth safe and breath fresh. Try following a few of these steps:

• Chew on sugar-free gum (look for xylitol sweetener for its added anti-cavity action!). This can stimulate your salivary glands.
• Eat foods that are high in fiber, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables.
• Limit your alcohol consumption, as alcohol will dry out the mouth.
• Brush your teeth, floss regularly, and use mouthwash. However, be sure to choose mouthwashes that are alcohol-free if you are concerned about saliva production.
• In extreme cases, a prescription pilocarpine lollipop can be considered.

If you need additional tips on how to improve your saliva production, contact our office.

Three Ways to Protect Your Enamel
The enamel is an important part of your teeth, so it is important to take steps to protect it. Consider employing some of the following strategies:

Brush gently. Brushing too aggressively can cause the enamel to wear down, so use gentle strokes and soft-bristled brush.
Reduce your sugar intake. Sugar is bad news when it comes to the teeth, as it will produce acid that will cause the enamel to soften and eventually wear away.
Avoid dry mouth. Saliva is crucial for keeping your mouth healthy, so make sure that your mouth is well lubricated in order to protect your teeth.
• Look for an article in an up-coming newsletter for information about cavity prevention that goes beyond just fluoride!

If you are concerned about the health of your enamel, call Dr. Layer to set up an appointment.

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!



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1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



 

 

 
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