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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

Managing Your Stress Can Boost Your Oral Health

Posted on 4/15/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Managing Your Stress Can Boost Your Oral HealthWe all go through stressful periods in our lives, and managing that stress is important. When stress levels get out of control, our physical and emotional wellbeing may suffer. In fact, managing your stress is a necessity if you want to maintain good oral health.

Reduce Medication Usage

Some people who have difficulty managing their stress find themselves on anxiety or depression medications. While there is nothing wrong with taking these prescriptions, in some cases, better stress management can prevent their use. Certain prescription medications lead to dry mouth, which can increase your risk of decay, gum disease, and halitosis, so stress management may help you avoid these issues.

Stop Grinding

Another side effect of unmanaged stress is often grinding the teeth. You may do this while you are asleep, at which time you really have no control over your actions. Treating your stress can reduce the damage done to your teeth, as grinding places unnatural stress onto the enamel. Wearing a night guard can also help to protect your teeth.

Prevent Mouth Sores

Canker sores are something that we all deal with at one time or another. Unfortunately, they aren't well understood, but stress may be one of their triggers. Canker sores develop on the soft tissues of the mouth, and while they are generally harmless and should go away on their own, they can be uncomfortable.

Don't Neglect Your Oral Hygiene

When stress becomes all-consuming, many of the other important aspects of our lives go unnoticed. This can include oral health. When you feel overwhelmed by work, school, or family life, you may not make your oral hygiene a priority. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are all important for good oral hygiene.

Are you concerned about your stress levels may have impacted your oral health? Give us a call to set up your next appointment and let us evaluate the health of your teeth and gums.
We believe in educating patients about their treatment options and listening to their questions and concerns.
We focus on prevention so that you keep your smile healthy. We provide excellent comfortable care for all procedures.
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