Do you feel pain when you go to the dentist? That’s not normal. Here’s why.

Dental appointments nowadays should not be painful. Sure, you may feel discomfort, especially if the procedure is a tooth extraction, but it should not be painful. Freezing and sedation are common uses for all procedures. In addition to these two, dentist’s tools have evolved and improved dramatically in the last few years. For example, let’s look at how hygienists remove plaque a few years ago compared to today. Before, hygienists used a hook to scrape off plaque. I’m sure you can imagine just how uncomfortable it is to have a sharp object in your mouth. However, today, hygienists constantly spray your teeth with water and slowly removes the plaque with vibrations, so the plaque will just fall off naturally.

Additionally, many dentists have upgraded the furnishings in their office to make their patients more comfortable. Imagine this…you are sitting on a massage chair that is rubbing and kneading your back, while you are watching the latest episode of “House of Cards” on a ceiling-mounted TV with noise-cancelling headphones. That mental picture is reality. More and more dentists are offering these features for extra comfort for their patients.

So, if you do feel pain every time you go to a dentist, think again. There are better solutions out there.

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Want to eat charcoal ice cream but have sensitive teeth? Top 3 things to do to alleviate the pain!

I got to admit. I’m a bit skeptical about anything trendy, but I reluctantly lined up at the store on Queen to get a mouthful of this seemingly fad product. But I was wrong, it was tasty tasty. Then, oh shoot, I forgot my teeth was sensitive to cold things. If you’re like me, let me save you time researching about sensitive teeth. Here are the top 3 things to do to fix the pain.

1. Use the right toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Below are top toothpastes that are recommended by the experts at Consumer Search.

  • Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening – This is a 3 in 1 solution: cures sensitivity, whitens teeth, and tastes good.
  • Sensodyne Repair and Protect Toothpaste – If you don’t care about teeth whitening, this is the one for you.
  • Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste – This contains only natural ingredients, but the taste takes some getting used to.

2. Change your diet.
Acidic food and drinks could cause your mouth to be more sensitive. Foods like oranges, corn, olives, and grains are high in acid. Try eating less acidic foods, and see whether that makes a difference.

3. Go to the dentist.
If the pain is too unbearable, then it’s time to go to the dentist. Depending on the actual issue, you may need to get a filling, gum grafting, or root canal.

I really hope that you’re not dealing with the last point. However, if you do need a dentist, we can help you find a caring dentist to check on your mouth. Go to Opencare to book an appointment online.

Have young kids? Here’s how you can find a family-friendly dentist.

Kids in one place for 1.5 hours. That sounds problematic. Don’t worry, more and more dentists are furnishing their dental offices with play pens. There are 2 ways to find out which offices are family-friendly.

  1. Browse through the photos of the dental office. If the place is good for children, you will most likely see photos of kid booths that have toys and games. Dentists are usually proud of this, so they will promote it as much as possible!

 

  1. Opencare is a great way to find a caring dentist for the family. We surveyed each of our dentists, and they indicated whether or not their office is kid-friendly. Check out Opencare, and you can see this in the list of features in the dentists’ profiles (photo below). If you find a dentist that you like, you can easily book an appointment online.

Netflix and filling?! Check out what’s inside modern dental offices!

Ok, we admit it. Netflix and filling is a thing we made up, but it’s a thing regardless!

Imagine your childhood dentist’s office. Was it white, sterile, and perhaps had a fish tank? The fish tank was meant to soothe you. If it didn’t, don’t worry, dentists have noticed. They’re now upping their game and investing more in providing the best dental experiences. Here are the top 4 things that the best dental offices have added to make the experience more comfortable.

  • Netflix  and Ceiling-Mounted TV

Take your mind off the X-rays, the scraping, and the polishing. When a Netflix episode is done, you’re finished with your appointment!

  • Noise-cancelling headphones

“Frank Underwood said what?!” – something you’ll never say on the dental chair.

  • Aromatherapy

Dentists know that 40% of people feel either moderately or extremely nervous when getting a dental procedure. Aromatherapy calms the mind, body, soul, and spirit.

  • Massage chairs

Uhh, massage chairs? ‘Nuff said.

Yeah, we just described a dental office, not a spa. Gone are the boring, maybe even frightful, memories of getting a checkup and cleaning. It’s time to expect more from your dental experience.

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Are there any dentists near you that have these features?

Probably! There’s one easy way to find out. Try our 30-second quiz to see dentists with these features near you! Quiz.

If there’s a Tinder for dentists, here are the top 3 things to look for in a dentist!

Did you know that 56% of people are worried that they would pick the wrong dentist? Fear no more. We are here to help you out. After surveying 1,000 people and reading countless online reviews, we noticed that there are only 3 things that make a great dental experience.

  1. Make sure the dentist’s “house” is livable → modern office

Is “clean” your only criteria for a dental office? Expect more. Going to the dentist shouldn’t be an uncomfortable experience. You should feel relaxed and even feel right at “home.” Dentists today are upgrading their offices to include ceiling-mounted TVs with Netflix, noise-cancelling headphones, and massage chairs.

  1. Make sure the dentist’s “family” is friendly → great staff

When you commit to one person, you commit to their whole family. You might even spend a lot of time with one of them. With dentistry, you’ll be with the hygienist a lot, and you’ll be communicating with the receptionist to settle your insurance information. So, make sure to meet the “family.”

  1. Make sure the dentist treats you right → caring and transparent

If the dentist wasn’t gentle on your mouth or you saw a dental bill that was more than expected, that’s not good . Keep an eye on traits like “care” and “honesty” when reading online reviews. They make or break the dental experience.

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Oh, one last point! We’re not teasing you. There is a “Tinder for dentists.” Opencare is a great way to know more about the dentists near you. It tells you whether the dentist has massage chairs; it gives you a background of the staff members; and it has online reviews from actual patients! Find the right dentist for you and book an appointment online on Opencare.

Thinking of switching to a new dentist? 3 simple things that you need to do.

Switching to a new dentist isn’t complicated! There are only 3 things you need to do.

  1. Check whether your new dentist does direct billing.

If your new dentist does direct billing with your insurance, you don’t need to pay the total costs upfront. You only need to pay your co-payment, which is the portion of the total costs that you have to pay out of your pocket.

  1. Transfer X-rays to your new dentist.

Your new dentist will provide the necessary paperwork to transfer your X-rays from your old dentist.

  1. Fill out medical history and allergy forms.

These forms should be straight-forward, but it will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete during your first appointment with your new dentist.

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Are you looking for a dentist now? Use our $50 gift card offer!

If you are looking for a dentist now, Opencare is a great way to find a caring dentist that does direct billing! We also reward Opencare patients with a $50 gift card when they visit a new dentist. We do this because our mission is to encourage everyone to be more proactive about their health.

Book an appointment online today at Opencare!