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Finding a Dentist to Treat Sleep Problems

When searching for a dentist to help you with teeth grinding and sleep problems, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers these suggestions:

  • Ask family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their dentist recommendations.
  • Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist.
  • If you're moving, ask your current dentist to make a recommendation.
  • Call or write your local or state dental society. The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its web site. Your local and state dental societies also may be listed in the telephone directory under "dentists" or "associations."

The ADA suggests calling or visiting more than one dentist before selecting one with whom you feel you can build a good, long-term relationship.

Recommended Related to Oral Health

Bad Breath: Good and Bad Foods

Got bad breath? You may want to take a look at your diet. If your dental hygiene is great -- you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and clean your tongue -- your bad breath could be linked to your diet. Certain foods can taint your breath for hours and contribute to dragon breath in other ways. Here are some of the culprits: Garlic and onions. "Garlic and onions top the list when it comes to halitosis," says Lisa Harper Mallonee, MPH, RD, associate professor at Texas A&M Health...

Read the Bad Breath: Good and Bad Foods article > >

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Dentist?

You and your dentist will be long-term oral health care partners. To find a dentist to meet your needs, consider asking the following questions as a starting point:

  • What are the office hours? Are they convenient for you?
  • Is the office easy to get to from work or home?
  • Where was the dentist educated and trained?
  • What's the dentist's approach to preventive dentistry?
  • How often does the dentist attend conferences and continuing education workshops?
  • What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to give to help you relax and feel more comfortable during any necessary dental treatment?
  • What arrangements are made for handling emergencies outside of office hours? (Most dentists make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to emergencies.)
  • Is information provided about all fees and payment plans before treatment? If you are comparison shopping, ask for estimates on some common procedures such as full-mouth X-rays, oral exams and cleanings, and filling cavities.
  • Does the dentist participate in your dental health plan?
  • What is the dentist's office policy on missed appointments?

If visiting in person:

  • Does the office appear to be clean, neat, and orderly?
  • Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?
  • Do you observe the dentist and staff wearing gloves and other protective gear during actual patient treatment?

How Do I Measure Up? Get the Facts Fast!

Number of Days Per Week I Floss

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Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

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