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Dental hygiene should be one of those automatic chores we do every day. However, for many it is not. Brushing at least 2x per day and flossing once a day is a simple process and should only take a few minutes out of your day. Below you will find the top reasons to maintain good dental hygiene.

Benefits Of Good Dental Hygiene

More Attractive Smile. When a smile is free of disease (periodontal or tooth decay) it will be healthier and more attractive to others.

Maintain A Whiter Smile. Eating and drinking will leave stains on our teeth and as time goes on our teeth will darken. With good dental hygiene you can limit the stains the foods and drinks cause to our teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly will give you a better chance to remove those stains before they become deeper stains.

Improved Breath. With good dental hygiene comes fresher breath. This occurs because we are removing food debris and keeping oral bacteria levels lowered.

Increased Self Confidence. Studies have shown a bright, healthy smile instills increased self confidence for all to see.

Avoid Systemic Health Complications. With poor dental hygiene comes periodontal disease. Periodontal disease as it progresses has been linked to cardiovascular issues, strokes, diabetes, and even alzheimer’s disease.

Save Time And Money. Maintaining a healthy oral cavity means no periodontal disease or tooth decay which means you will need less restorative or periodontal treatments.

Keep Dental Anxiety At Bay. Many patients with dental anxiety fear going to the dentist. However, neglecting dental hygiene is just a ticking time bomb for patients with anxiety or phobias. So, for these patients, it is of utmost importance that they maintain good dental hygiene.

Dental Appointments Will Be Easy. Doesn’t it feel good to go to your regular dental appointment and be told great job and have no cavities? With each successful appointment you will feel better about yourself and your at home care.

Continue To Look Younger As You Age. A healthy smile makes you feel younger about yourself and to others.

Longer Lasting Dental Restorations. All dental restorations have a lifespan. For example a dental crown “should” last about 10-15 years with proper care. Without proper care they can fail quite quickly in as little as 3-4 years.

Dental Hygiene Conclusion

Dental Hygiene care is essential to a healthy smile. This includes in office care as well as at home care. Being diligent can reap huge rewards over time.



From Las Vegas Woman Magazine

FAMILY, COSMETIC AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY

Dr. Marielaina Perrone has developed a unique dental practice that focuses on each patient individually with high quality care using the most innovative, up-to-date techniques and procedures. The environment is comforting and soothing with the patient greeted by a highly trained staff. Dr. Perrone and her staff get to know each individual personally as well as educate each patient about the procedures and dental health.

Dr. Perrone has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education courses focusing on dental phobia, dental implants, periodontal disease treatment and cosmetic dentistry. She offers top treatments and treats each patient with care and respect, prompting many to tell her and her staff how they actually enjoy going to the dentist. “The patient is always our first priority throughout dental care and we strive to give them something to smile about after every visit,” she stated.

What types of procedures and treatments does your office offer?
We offer comprehensive treatment for the whole family. I have extensive training in many areas of dentistry and am happy to offer a wide range of services including full mouth reconstruction, all-on-4 dentures (“dentures in a day”), root canals, cosmetic dentistry including bonding, veneers and porcelain crowns, dentistry for children, minor periodontal surgeries including gum contouring, oral surgery and implant restoration, whitening procedures, treatments for TMJ, grinding, clenching, and snore/sleep apnea appliances as well as dentures, enameloplasty and the treatment of dental phobia.

Speaking of dental phobias, it is a specialty of yours. How do you work with patients with a dental phobia?
Dental phobia can be overcome! We learn all that we can about a patient’s history and fears, spend time with them so that we can address all that concerns them. We work slowly, listen, stop whenever needed, give the patient a sense of control and never judge. We are proud to say that we have helped many people overcome dental phobia, get treatment done and feel great about it. We even have a website specifically geared toward helping the dental phobic patient, lasvegasdentalphobia.com.

I write a blog on my other website, drperrone.com, and my topic for Jan. 29 was, “Are You a Nervous Dental Patient?” I give tips to how we calm dental anxiety including good communication between dentist and patient, which I practice.

I also encourage my patients that it helps to feel that they are in control. With me, my patients have the confidence to stop or start treatment, make treatment decisions based upon options, how long appointments should be and how often they are comfortable coming in for treatment.

I educate patients so they have the power of knowledge about their dental care. They understand the steps of treatment, and why it is important for them to follow through.

What are some of the top teeth whitening procedures or products you recommend?
We provide one hour in-office whitening (Zoom or Sapphire) for rapid whitening, 20 minute in-office whitening with the Sinsational smile system, which is great for the patient with sensitive teeth who cannot tolerate conventional whitening. We love to use custom fabricated whitening trays made for the patient’s home use and whitening gel pens.

What advice do you have for patients considering veneers?
Veneers can be life changing and can give many people a smile they never imagined was possible for them. It is crucial that the whole mouth be evaluated to be sure that veneers are the best treatment for the patient. Photos, X-rays and study models should be utilized to decide which teeth need to be veneered, which color will be most flattering and what shape suits a patient’s face the best.

Marielaina Perrone, D.D.S. 
2551 N. Green Valley Parkway Suite #A405
Henderson, NV 89014
702.458.2929 • drperrone.com



Dental anxiety affects a large portion of the population. While many have such anxiety, some are so fearful that they can not even get themselves through the dentist’s front door.Statistics show that  15-20% of all Americans avoid the dentist due to fears or anxiety about the dentist. The reasons for anxiety are different for everyone. These can include fear about feeling rushed by the dentist, possible pain, or even just the smells and sounds of the dental office. Dental anxiety and dental phobia, when stopping someone from receiving dental care,  lead to unnecessary oral and general health problems.

Tips To Calm Dental Anxiety

Finding The Right Dentist And Dental Team. That’s right, it is not just about the dentist. The dental team is just as important in maintaining a calm, soothing atmosphere. A well trained dentist and team can make you feel at ease throughout your dental treatment and actually make it an enjoyable experience. Ask friends or relatives for recommendations. A good review about a dentist from someone you trust can significantly reduce anxiety. Also, in the internet age read online reviews. These can let you get a better understanding of the dentist and how they treat their patients. Last, make an appointment for a consultation so that you can meet the dentist and staff to see if they make you feel comfortable enough to schedule an exam and cleaning.

Communication. One of the most important factors in overcoming dental anxiety is a good, open line of communication between dentist and patient. You must always feel comfortable expressing your feelings, fears, and concerns before, during, and after treatment is rendered. You must also feel that the dental team is listening to you and making adjustments as needed. Communication should never be compromised for any patient but it is even more important for a patient with dental anxiety. This will allow you to feel a sense of comfort that you may have never felt in a dental office before.

Feeling Of Being In Control. This comes from the confidence to stop or start treatment whenever you need to. You should always feel comfortable controlling your treatment.  Making treatment decisions based upon options, how long your appointments should be, and how often you are comfortable coming in for treatment. Another aspect to being in control is to give yourself the power of knowledge about your dental care. This will give you the ability to understand the steps of treatment, and why it is important for you to follow through. Being in control will allow you to properly express your feelings about how much treatment you can handle.

-Own Your Emotions. For many who have neglected their dental care due to fear there can be a sense of embarrassment. Express your feelings and allow your dentist to understand your feelings so they can be addressed properly. Panic, tears, needing your hand held, etc. are coping mechanisms to fear. It is ok to get emotional at the dental office. You can and should be able to express your emotions without embarrassment.

Utilize Relaxation Techniques.  These can include:

1. Proper Breathing. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during dental work. When people are feeling anxiety or nervousness we tend to hold our breaths, or breathe in short rapid breaths. This decreases oxygen levels in the body, or hyperventilation, further increasing our feelings of panic.

2. Wear Headphones. For many, the sound of the dental office is a trigger for dental anxiety. Using an ipod or mp3 player with headphones can drown out the noises and relax you.

3. Avoid Caffeine. Caffeine can raise your heart rate and blood pressure, This can trigger panic attacks, make you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or give you the feeling of a fast beating heart. Caffeine before a dental appointment should be avoided.

4. Choose Pre Dental Meals Carefully. Eating high-protein foods have the ability to produce a calming effect.

5. Timing Is Everything. The time of day for your dental appointment can be critical. Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you’ re least  likely to be rushed or feel under pressure.

-Repetition. The simple process of repeat appointments, will make you feel more comfortable and at ease. As you learn what to expect, and realize that you are in control of the appointment, you will be able to manage more time in the chair. Remember not to wait too long between appointments or to reschedule unless an emergency arises. Merely coming to the office and not having treatment that day is better than canceling.

Predictable Pain Control. Every individual is slightly different. What may work for one may not work for another. Let your dentist know if you have a history of difficulty getting numb. Be sure to let your dentist know whether or not you still feel sensitivity, or lack of complete numbness. When you can trust that your comfort will be a priority, you will find that your anxiety rapidly diminishes.

Dental Anxiety Conclusion

Overcoming dental anxiety can be a trying experience. It is important to find the right dentist and dental team so that you can move forward and free yourself from dental anxiety once and for all. Know what you are looking for in a dentist, and be prepared with questions for your meeting. Remember, it is ok to shop around, you will know when you have found the right dentist for you!


Marielaina Perrone DDS Cosmetic Dentist





Marielaina Perrone DDS Cosmetic, Family, and Implant Dentist