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Tense About Teeth
If you're one of those people who gets worked up over a trip to the dentist, we and the American Dental Association (ADA) have some good advice for you!

Please don't avoid coming to see us because you imagine the worst. The majority of the time, the worst is not what's in store for you. But the longer you wait, the more likely you are to meet your own expectations. Resolving issues early is far less expensive, traumatic and invasive than putting off the inevitable.

Also, if you tell us you're anxious, we have several ways of making you more comfortable. Let us share some of our experience with you. When you choose an appointment time when you are unrushed, we can take the time to talk things through and answer all your questions.

Next if the "soundtrack" of dental procedures raises your stress level, bring along an audio player and headset and choose your own soundtrack. Music can take your mind off what we're doing.

And finally, investigate some relaxation techniques such as positive visualization or ask us for strategies to keep you calm during your visits. We'll be happy to talk with you over the phone and plan for your next visit.

Give us a call anytime, we are always available to be a listening ear and provide the best help that we can.

Are You Using Too Much Pressure When You Brush?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but brushing your teeth harder doesn't mean that they will be cleaner. In fact, brushing with too much pressure can damage your teeth, and some of the signs that you are brushing too hard include:

• When the handle of your toothbrush bends with the excess pressure
• If you are using a brush with medium or hard bristles
• If the bristles on your brush fray quickly after getting a new brush
• If your gums are sore after brushing
• If your gums are starting to recede away from the teeth

While your teeth need to be brushed twice a day, brushing too much can cause dental health problems. If you need tips on the proper method for brushing your teeth, be sure to ask us at your next appointment so that your dental hygiene routine isn't causing any further damage.

Can Vitamin Supplements Improve Your Gum Health?
Good news for people who are concerned about their gum health: vitamins C and D are thought to improve and prevent gum disease.

Vitamin C
There is a well-known link between gum disease and vitamin C deficiency, as people with low vitamin C intake levels are thought to have higher rates of gum disease. This vitamin is thought to help because it is used to accelerate the regeneration of bone and to repair connective tissues.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce your chances of developing gum disease. Studies have found that people with high vitamin D levels in their blood were less likely to notice bleeding gums and other symptoms. Sun exposure is one of the best possible sources of this vitamin, and supplements are also available.

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

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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