NAVIGATING OBSTACLES FOR BETTER ORAL HEALTH

Expert Advice

NAVIGATING OBSTACLES FOR BETTER ORAL HEALTH

Perhaps the best part of my job as a dentist is seeing the positive impact dentistry has on the confidence and self-esteem of my patients.

EXPERT ADVICE

Navigating Obstacles
for Better Oral Health

Perhaps the best part of my job as a dentist is seeing the positive impact dentistry has on the confidence and self-esteem of my patients. It truly changes lives. Sadly, too many people choose to avoid the dentist.  While the reasons for this are many, closer inspection reveals the main obstacles aren’t really obstacles at all; at least not anymore.

MYTH #1: DENTAL CARE IS TOO EXPENSIVE.

Affordability is a real concern with any purchase, but dental care is a long-term INVESTMENT in your health. In fact, the cost of NOT caring for your smile is far greater, not just monetarily. Neglecting your oral health inevitably leads to pain, mouth odor and tooth loss, not to mention lowered self-esteem, which negatively impacts social and professional opportunities. Most dental issues such as cavities and gum disease start out as small, manageable problems with simple, inexpensive solutions. So why not take preventative measures whenever recommended by your dentist to avoid greater problems in the future? This is the surest way to keep all costs as low as possible. Also, many dental offices now offer interest-free financing options.

MYTH #2: DENTAL CARE IS PAINFUL.

Dental procedures have never been more conservative and more comfortable than they are today. New products, techniques and technologies enable your dentist to be more proactive in how they care for your smile; in the long run this means less invasive procedures. For example, special lasers now detect cavities before they can be seen with the eye or even on an x-ray. In other  words, the repair is essentially a ‘micro-filling’, an extremely non-invasive solution that requires no anaesthetic, and best of all, is completely painless.

MYTH #3: DENTAL CARE TAKES TOO LONG.

In the past, treatments such as crowns took two or more sessions to complete. Today, many dental offices provide these services in a single appointment using advanced CAD/CAM technology. New systems such as this have enabled dentists to perform dental procedures faster and with more precision than ever. As a patient this mean less time in the dental chair and the fewest appointments possible.

Take a proactive approach to your dental health to ensure the most affordable, comfortable and convenient care possible.  You’ll be glad you did!

Dr. Trevor Morhaliek BSc., DDS
Simply Amazing Smiles
Suite 100-1475 Ellis St., Kelowna
250.762.2521