What Sets Us Apart from Everyone Else?

What Sets us Apart - Dental Reflections Dublin

What Sets Us Apart from Everyone Else?

We know there are many options out there to choose from for a dentist. This is why we want to really set ourselves apart from your “average” dental office. At Dental Reflections Dublin, we focus on working as a team to ensure you receive the best care and have the most enjoyable experience as possible. We care about not only your oral health but your overall health. With a thorough approach, we treat each patient like family. Here is what we feel really sets apart from other dental offices.

On Time Appointments

This is huge for us. We hear so many times that patients have sat in waiting rooms for 30-60+ minutes. We understand things happen and come up and offices may run late. However, if this is consistent pattern you are seeing at every visit, clearly there is a scheduling issue or miscommunication somewhere. If an office is constantly running behind, more time needs to be scheduled during each visit which is what we really pride ourselves on. We respect your time and we hope that you respect yours by showing up on time. We promise to have you back within 10 minutes (tops!) of your appointment time.

Extra Comfort Items

It is important to feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave. In our waiting room, we have a TV, toys for kiddos, tea, coffee or water available for you and your family. When you are in the dental chair, we make sure to add some extra amenities to go above and beyond. These include warm blankets, essential oil face towels, and headphones to listen to music. We also have a TV on the ceiling with Netflix in our kids’ area for during treatment.

No Judgements

We don’t care if it’s been 10 months or 10+ years since you’ve been to the dentist. We DON’T JUDGE. We mean it. We are here to help. Whether you fear the dentist, you didn’t have dental insurance and flat out couldn’t afford it or the fact that we have just been the last place on your mind, come on in. We want to get to know you, not just your teeth. Our team listens and cares and our goal is to provide the most honest, comfortable care for your entire family.

What’s Your pH?

what is your ph - Dental Reflections DublinWhat’s Your pH?

For those of you that don’t remember learning about pH in school, we are going to give you a refresher and talk about the role it plays in the oral cavity. The pH scale is a scale used to measure how acidic or basic a substance is when compared to another one. The pH of the saliva plays an important role in a person’s decay rate. The diet has a huge factor in determining pH, but a person’s genetics may also play a role. Thankfully, there are ways to help balance and neutralize your pH to help fight off those nasty cavity bugs.

I’m sure most of you could pinpoint out what is acidic and what’s not when it comes to foods and drinks. The obvious ones, for example, are energy drinks, sodas, juice, and coffee being the most acidic. More basic beverages include milk, spring water, and green tea. You should be surprised to hear even some bottled waters are acidic. I know, I know, our hearts are broken too. Even diet sodas and those squirt things you add to your water to give it flavor are super acidic. Foods that are more basic or create a more balanced pH in the mouth are nuts, eggs, yogurts, and cheese. Add some coconut and asparagus, and you’ll have the healthiest mouth ever. The point is, you want to be conscious of what you are putting in your mouth not only for your body but your teeth as well.

Xylitol can be your mouth’s best friend. This can be found in many mints and gum you find at your local grocery store. What happens when you consume things with xylitol? The bad bacteria eat the xylitol, and they can’t metabolize it, so it kills them off. Sounds awesome, right? You can find xylitol in some sugar-free candy, Orbit and Mentos gum, and those little Ice Breakers cubes. There are a bunch of other products out there that contain xylitol as well, just check the label. Xylitol basically (literally) creates a balanced pH in your mouth. It is great to use after snacks or that soda you couldn’t live without in the middle of the day.

At Dental Reflections Dublin, we check the pH of all of our patients’ mouths that come to visit our team. We want to let them know if their saliva is more on the acidic or basic side so that we can give them the right tools to use at home to help prevent cavities and maintain good oral health.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

No one likes to talk about the C word. Ever. However, the truth is oral cancer is on the rise. The key to the best prognosis is early detection which I’m sure you already know. There are ways YOU can detect a sign of oral cancer in the mouth at home. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be at home. You can check your mouth anywhere at any time. We want to talk about risk factors and signs to look out for.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Any abnormalities in the mouth are obvious signs of concern. There may be some signs you might not think are red flags that actually are. Oral cancer can actually evolve from trauma in the mouth. If you do not already know – cancer is the division of cells that continues and spreads to its surrounding tissues. If a wound is not healing properly as the cells turn over, it can become precancerous or even cancerous. Timing is everything. Tissues in the mouth should heal within 7-10 days. Whether it be from a cheek bite, a cut from a chip or a burn from pizza or hot soup, it should heal pretty quickly. If you reinjure it, it may be delayed a little, but the general rule of thumb is 7-10 days. It is important to contact your dentist if it passes this window. Here are some signs to watch out for and give you a reason to contact your dentist in Dublin, Ohio for an exam aside from your regular dental cleaning/check-up.

  • Sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • Dentures that stop fitting for no particular reason
  • Red or white sores in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Pain in your tongue
  • A lump in your throat that does not resolve
  • Unexplained bleeding or numbness in your mouth

It is important that an oral cancer screening is completed at every dental visit. This involves examining all of the soft tissues including the lips, cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth and everything in between. If a suspicious area is found, it is best to see an oral pathologist. They are specialists in this area and will collect all the data of the lesion to make the best diagnosis. Sometimes this involves taking a biopsy of the lesion or excising the lesion to send it in for testing. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we do a comprehensive oral cancer screening and give you the education and knowledge to be able to complete your own at home on a regular basis.

We Have Options for Nervous Patients

we have options for nervous patients - Dental Reflections DublinWe Have Options for Nervous Patients

According to the American Dental Association, 22 percent of people avoid the dentist because they are scared. We get it. It is scary. All of the different sounds, smells and people in your personal space. We want you to know that you will be in great hands in our office. We take the time to address your fears and offer options on how we can help you to relax during the procedure.

Comfort Items

Our first goal for all of our patients is to make them as comfortable as possible. This is why we offer warm blankets, neck pillows, sunglasses, essential oil face towels and headphones. We have many patients that prefer to listen to music during their treatment. We are totally fine by that! We want you to do what is best for you. The more comfortable you are the better.

Nitrous Oxide

Have you ever heard of the term laughing gas? Well Nitrous Oxide is the technical term and it pretty much does exactly that – makes you happy. We have seen a few patients laugh quite a bit but in general it helps you relax. You are still awake and aware of what is going on, it just makes you care less. We compare it to having a few glasses of wine. It is completely safe and breathed in and out of the lungs. It is completely out of your system which means you can drive yourself to and from which is also a bonus. Insurance typically does not cover this service, but for someone who is nervous in the chair, it is a great option for them and completely affordable.

Valium

Another option that does require a driver is Valium. This is a pill you take the night before and 1 hour prior to your appointment. Most patients that opt for Valium also choose to do Nitrous Oxide as well. This is the perfect combination if you want to be at your ultimate relaxation stage. Just make sure you set up a driver to take you to and from.

Numbing Rinse and Topical Gel

For hypersensitive patients, we can even offer a numbing mouth rinse for during their cleaning or a topical gel that numbs localized areas of discomfort. For children, we use a prescription strength numbing gel prior to the numbing injection. Most children do not even feel a pinch during this time.

Conclusion

Our patients comfort and experience at Dental Reflections Dublin is our top priority. We will talk you through the procedure and make it as good of an experience for your as we can. We listen, care and take the time needed to keep you reflecting your best!