Archive for December 2013

Why You Need to Establish a Dental Home for Your Children

Springfield, Missouri – Establishing a dental home for your family should be as important as finding the right pediatrician for your children. Encouraging children to care for their teeth is crucial not only for their oral health, but could have implications on their overall health later in life.

“We recommend that children begin their dental visits by age 1,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett, of Barnett-Davis Dental Group in Ozark. “At this exam, the child will sit on the parent’s lap while we just do a visual exam of their mouth and teeth. Even if children don’t yet have teeth, it is still important to visit the dentist early because we can look for any possible development abnormalities.”


Ways Dentists Can Help Patients Overcome Dentophobia

Ozark, Missouri – We may joke around about it, but for many people, dentophobia or fear of the dentist, is very real. Are you scared of the dentist, but need treatment? Don’t let that fear keep you from properly maintaining your teeth and gums.

“There are many reasons why patients may be afraid of visiting a dentist,” says Dr. Nick Matthews, part of Barnett-Davis Dental Group, a dental group serving the Ozark area. “For adults, previous negative experiences can affect how they view future encounters. Perhaps previous dental treatment resulted in excess pain. Or maybe the patient already suffers from an anxiety disorder, so a visit to the dentist just heightens their apprehension.”