Dental Phobia Keeping You From Dental Health?

blog-dental-fear21Are you afraid to see the dentist? Many people are afraid of the unknown. Dental phobia can be one of those unknowns and is incredibly common with estimates that it affects between 13% to 24% of people around the world. Fear of visiting the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that the treatment will be painful. It might be simply that you haven’t seen a dentist in years and are embarrassed by your teeth. Whatever the reason, dental health is crucial to your overall health. Many Americans are at risk of gum disease and early tooth loss – conditions that can affect your physical, social, and mental health.

If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, make it a point to schedule an appointment soon. Dr. Kelley understands your fears. On your first visit, the goal is to calm your fears, perform an exam, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. We will then discuss with you the results of the exam and the recommended dental services. When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options.

Our staff at Dennis E. Kelley, DDS is happy to offer dental services to you and your entire family. Only necessary procedures are recommended. In other words, no one is pressured with “up selling” like many chain dental practices.

When our patients require dental care, we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of every member of the family. We are always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the services we provide for your treatment.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.

About Dennis E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for nearly 30 years on the East Side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.

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3 Oral Health Tips for 2016

Dental-healthHere are three easy Oral Health tips to consider for 2016.  And if you have other dental needs, Dr. Kelley and his awesome staff are here to help!

  • Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Techniques. Brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you can do to prevent plaque build up.
  • Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months. Regular check ups are recommended to check for tooth decay and the health of your gums.  Routine dental exams can help address serious dental problems before they arise.
  • Control Your Sweet Tooth. Sugar from snacks and sweets increase the plaque production.  Plaque is what sets the process of tooth decay in motion.  Limiting the intake of sweets reduce the bacteria bearing plaque and reduce decay.

Make it your resolution to start the new year off by improving your oral health in 2016!  Dennis E. Kelley, DDS always welcomes new patients.  Let us know what you want to accomplish during your first visit and we will make it happen.

Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

About D.E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for 25 years on the east side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.

Do I Really Need Routine Dental Checkups?

Dental examsdental-exam-cleaning1 are normally on the bottom of our to-do list unless we have a tooth causing pain. However, if you are doing so then not only are you missing the opportunity to keep your teeth longer, you are also missing out on learning about other medical issues you haven’t considered.

Here are some other conditions we can alert you to when you have a dental exam.

Anemia – Gums that appear light pink or almost white can indicate a very low iron level, which is an indicator of anemia.

Antidepressant Use – The dry mouth that comes from taking antidepressants can create a problem with increased cavities in your teeth.

Stress – When you are stressed, your body creates more cortisol, which is the main cause of inflammation. During stressful times, gum and tooth problems are likely to worsen. Not only is the risk of inflammation greater, but we also tend to neglect things like our teeth when stressed.

Diabetes – One of the many side-effects of this disease is the repeated creation of abscesses on the teeth roots and sometimes between teeth. This is often one of the earliest signs of diabetes.

Autoimmune disorders – Many times these disorders can cause either red or white spots in the mouth. While the spots themselves are easy to treat, if left untreated, they can turn into ulcers. These ulcers are extremely painful and difficult to treat.

Heart disease – This is the big one. The same bacteria that cause gum disease also causes heart problems by clogging the major arteries feeding the heart. It is very likely that a person with long-term gum disease may also have heart trouble.

We are accepting New Patients! Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.