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Sones Family Dental, LLC

21 Glen Ed Professional Park

Glen Carbon, IL 62034


21 Glen Ed Professional Park
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
United States

(618) 656-0608

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6 Tips to Get Over your Fear of the Dentist

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Tell your dentist about your fears.

It’s not uncommon for patients with dental anxiety to be so embarrassed that they don’t even share it with the number one person who needs to know. Remember, though, that your dentist has very likely encountered dental phobias before with other patients. Telling your dentist about your phobia will ensure that they can take the appropriate steps to accommodate your needs.

Get to know your dentist.

For many people, one of the most frightening parts of visiting the dentist is the thought of a scary, masked figure looming over them. However, it’s important to remember that underneath the white coat, your dentist is a real human being, just like everyone else. It may be a good idea to schedule an appointment simply to meet your dentist, discuss your fears, and get to know him or her. Recognizing your dentist as a real person will help you feel calmer when you see them beneath their medical mask.

Familiarize yourself with the tools.

It’s human nature to be afraid of sharp, pointy things—especially when they’re going in your mouth! Ask your dentist if it’s possible to hold each tool before your procedure so you can familiarize yourself with it. A good dentist will be understanding of your phobia and happy to explain what each tool is used for. You can also read up on various dental instruments online.

Establish a signal.

Before your procedure, set up a signal with your dentist, such as raising your hand, which will tell him or her to stop immediately. Being able to communicate any discomfort to your dentist will help calm your anxiety.

Remember that times have changed.

The world of dentistry is rapidly changing. If you fear the dentist due to a traumatizing incident you experienced as a child, remember that your early dental visits happened before many advancements in pain-free dentistry. New dental products and procedures are being developed every day, and you may be afraid of a procedure that isn’t even performed anymore.

5 Tips for a Healthy Mouth this Summer!

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Summer is back in full swing-warm weather, outdoor activities, all the goodness of this time of year. Even in the midst of all our summer activities, we can’t forget the importance of oral health. Follow along with us as we share with you 5 summer tips for healthy teeth!

Tip #1: Drink Water

For most, this sounds simple. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. With temperatures rising, it’s good to replenish the water that we are sweating out; but water is actually really good for our teeth, too. First, it fights against dry mouth. When your saliva runs low, you’re more at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water is the best solution to dry mouth. Drinking water also helps to keep your mouth clean with every sip. It helps to wash away bacteria that could lead to cavities. The takeaway from all this? Drink A LOT water this summer.

Tip #2: Choose Tap

We just learned that drinking water is very good for our oral health. Here’s the kick, tap water is even better! Tap water contains a mineral called fluoride, which is very good for our teeth. Fluoridated water helps to protect against caries (teeth erosion) and cavities. Experts say that drinking water that contains fluoride is actually the best and most cost efficient ways to protect your teeth against caries.

Tip #3: Skip the Bubbles

I think it’s safe to assume that most of us know that soda is bad for us. The amount of sugar in soda is so high that it can lead to cavities and even diabetes after time. The caffeine in soda has been linked to causing cancer. The phosphoric acid in soda eats at the lining in your stomach and can even lead to osteoporosis. It also causes dehydration, which can lead to dry mouth. All of these things are really bad, but it’s even worse on your teeth. The high levels of acid and sugar in soda is a recipe for disaster for your teeth. They strip away the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. If the last three weeks have taught us anything, it’s that water is the go-to drink this summer.

Tip #4: Use a Straw

If you just can’t stay away from carbonated drinks, use a straw. By drinking out of a straw rather than sipping, it limits the contact your teeth will have with the acidity and sugar. Also, drinking through a straw creates a vacuum, which actually helps you consume the drink faster. Faster is better when it comes to soda because that means less time to be on your teeth.

Tip #5: Drink Tea

Tea has so many positive health benefits. It contains antioxidants that can improve brain function, increase weight loss, and can prevent cancer. Tea is also great for your teeth! It contains bacteria that suppress the rate at which bad mouth germs grow. This slows down the process of cavities and tooth decay.

You’re ready to have a healthy mouth this summer! Have a happy and healthy summer from all of us here at Sones Family Dental!

3 ways to have a good Thanksgiving

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1. Be you

On this holiday, so many people try to portray themselves as the person they think others want them to be. This leaves many people feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or not good enough. Just be yourself, and your family and friends will notice. The best way to be truly happy is to just be yourself! 

2. Focus on the good

Often times when we want things to be perfect, something goes wrong, leaving us to focus on the negative. Today is a day to give thanks, so try focusing on all the good things this holiday season.

3. Laugh and smile often

Holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family that you may not see all the time. Enjoy the time with loved ones, and soak up all the happiness this holiday has to offer.


Happy Thanksgiving from Sones Family Dental!