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Common Issue Explained: Why Do People Fear the Dentist?

Why Do People Fear the Dentist

One of the most feared doctors in the medical field is the dentist. But why do people fear the dentist? Why do dentists get such a bad wrap?

Perhaps because their workspace, the human mouth, is one of the most intimate and sensitive places on the body.

The mere thought of someone coming near our mouths with a sharp object, is terrifying… at least at first. The brain has a fantastic ability to assimilate. Like anything in life, we should get used to the idea of someone working on our mouths. Any anxiety we feel in relation to the dentist will dissipate from the initial exposure to the dental experience.

Now, there are some factors:

  • The reception the dentist gives his or her patients
  • The connection you feel to your dentist and hygienist
  • The over all state of mind the patient is in
  • Past experiences with pain or trauma

Any and all of these can trick your mind into thinking that the experience they are about to have will be the same. Some people think pain and fear is just a part of their trip to the dentist, so they just gear themselves up for the worst and hope for the best. If they can walk out of the dentist thinking ‘that wasn’t so bad’, then it’s been a good day.

It’s All in Your Head

The instruments dentists use, the look and feel of the dentist’s office, the smell, what music is playing, can all contribute to a fear of the dental experience. In extreme cases, these and other psychological factors can even build up so much anxiety that it results in a phobia, and a refusal to go to the dentist at all.

The dentist could be the nicest person you’ve ever met, but until the fears and blocks one has to the simplicity of dental care -because let’s face it, when we wipe away all the made up fears and anticipation of pain, it is simple – people will continue to be stuck in their prison of negative thoughts.

The Trick to Conquering Your Fears

The trick is to trick yourself into being open to the possibility that the dentist is your friend, and go from there. The more we can change our own minds into positive thinking machines, the more we can change the reputation of dentists from people to be feared, to people we can trust to care for us.

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Top Rated Dentist in Austin – Dr. Christina Shaw

Dr. Christina Shaw, Top Rated Dentist in Austin

Dr. Christina Shaw is a top rated dentist in Austin, TX. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Capital Area Dental Society, and American Association of Women Dentists.

Read Doreen C.‘s review of Great Grins Dental – Dr. Christina Shaw on Yelp

At Great Grins Dental our goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients in a friendly and compassionate environment.

SPECIAL OFFER – $99 New Patient Exam

Please call our office for more information. 512.346.1900.

Providing Dental Services in Austin, TX 78759

We offer the following General, Cosmetic, and Orthodontic dental treatments:

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Why Choose Great Grins Dental

  • Top rated dentist in Austin, TX
  • Highly trained dentist for children and adults
  • Easy to talk to
  • Passion for beautiful, functional dentistry
  • Comprehensive care

Serving Patients in Austin, TX

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Request an Appointment

If you have any dental care need in Austin, contact Great Grins Dental for assessment and treatment. Contact us to request your appointment today.

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Are you a candidate for Invisalign?

invisalign austin tx 78759Visit Great Grins in Austin to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign. You can achieve the perfect smile with beautiful straight teeth without wires, brackets and metal. Invisalign in virtually invisible to see and you can remove them at any time.

Great Grins offers a Free Invisalign Consultation with Dr. Shaw. Our office is now offering a $600 off Invisalign® Special Offer. Please call our office for more information 512.346.1900.

Learn more about Invisalign in Austin and how Great Grins can help you.

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Are you considering Invisalign?

Want straighter teeth without the metal, you may want to consider Invisalign.

Invisalign is clear and virtually invisible when worn. This is great for adults or anyone who would rather keep the natural look of their teeth.

Invisalign treats the same problems that traditional orthodontic braces are designed to solve, such as:

  • Overly Crowded Teeth
  • Widely Spaced Teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

We are offering a special discount of $600 OFF your Invisalign treatment, contact us for more info 512.346.1900

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Take Advantage of Our Special Offers – Affordable Dental Care in Austin

Affordable Dental Care in Austin


$99 NEW PATIENT EXAM – Includes x-rays and preventative cleaning.

$600 OFF INVISALIGN® – Please call our office for more information. 512.346.1900.

$1 EMERGENCY EXAM – Includes exam and x-ray.(Treatment not included. New patients only)

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Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

benefits of chewing gumYou now have a legit excuse to enjoy a flavor-filled piece of gum if you’re looking to maintain your oral health up to par. Yes, you read that right! Recent studies show that enjoying a piece of sugar-free bubble gum could actually have benefits to your health, according to Austin dentist, Dr. Christina Shaw DMD.
How Does Sugar-Free Gum Benefit Your Health?
In order for a product to earn the seal of approval by the ADA, the product and/or company must meet all the requirements for safety, efficacy, and health established by the association. The fact that gum now officially has earned the seal of approval by the ADA, is a major moment for people with major sweet-tooth and dentists!
The type of efficacy the ADA looks for in a product may include benefits such as reducing plaque acids, promoting remineralization of tooth enamel, reducing cavities and/or reducing gingivitis. The world’s most popular guilty pleasure might not be so guilty after all, since it meets the established efficacy, according to ADA professionals.
Your Guilty Pleasure Has Health Benefits
With this new discovery, professionals are now encouraging their patients to enjoy a piece of gum after a meal. We all know that a healthy mouth equals a healthy life, according to recent studies and the approval by the ADA, chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can actually prevent tooth decay and therefore seeing an overall improvement in your health. Saliva contains necessary calcium and phosphate that strengthens tooth enamel, but reinforcing your enamel by chewing sugar-free gum can be especially beneficial in fighting off bacteria and decay.
When enjoying the many flavors available of sugar-free gum, you are actually experiencing an increase in saliva flow in your mouth. The saliva then washes away food and neutralizes acids, cleaning and protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
Choose Your Gum Wisely!
Make sure to read labels and do a brief research on some of your favorite brands. Not all brands and manufacturers are the same. In fact, you’ll want to make sure your gum is sugar-free and has the seal of approval by the ADA. Although regular gum also increases your saliva flow as well, it’s not necessarily beneficial to your mouth. The sugar actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth, putting you at a greater risk to experiencing tooth decay.
Always Look For The ADA Seal of Approval
As stated earlier, products and brands alike must go through a specific process to meet requirements, health and efficacy regulations established by the ADA. A company must include lab results and clinical studies to even be considered by the ADA. Whenever you’re looking for the appropriate brand or make of gum, look for the ADA seal often found on the back of the package.
Sugar-Free Gum and Practicing Healthy Habits
Although chewing sugar-free gum can aid in keeping your mouth healthy, it should never serve as a substitute for regular brushing and flossing! Keep in mind that your best defense against decay and dental disease is to brush teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste as well as floss once daily!

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Welcome to Our New Website & Dental Blog!

Dr Christina Shaw, DMD, Austin, TX Dental BlogMy staff and I wanted to personally thank you for visiting our blog! As a dentist in Austin, TX I am delighted to have the privilege of serving you and your family with all of your dental needs. Oral health is very important, not just to keep our teeth intact, but for our entire body as well! Studies have shown many diseases and ailments linked to periodontal disease, which often occurs when we don’t brush & floss our teeth and gums.

Dental Services Provided by Great Grins Dental

If you’re looking for a new dentist in Austin, TX, I’d be happy to offer my dental expertise to you:

  • Invisalign® Orthodontics – these are such a great invention that remove the shame and embarrassment often experienced as a result of wearing traditional metal braces.
  • Dental Implants – currently the best way to replace missing teeth. They’re the closest thing to real teeth. Truly amazing.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry  – in-office teeth whitening & porcelain dental veeners can dramatically change your smile. These are both popular procedures that are painless, too!
  • Emergency Dentistry – you never know when an emergency may arise! If one ever does, I’d be happy to correct your situation & I’m available on most weekends. 346.1900.
  • General Dentistry – general dentistry procedures are an integral part of keeping our teeth healthy. Dental checkups are recommended twice annually by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Stay Tuned for Interesting, Useful Articles!

Again, thank you for visiting my blog. It is my goal to educate you in the wonderful world of dentistry. Stay tuned for many interesting articles, news, or events that are related to dentistry in some way. You’d be surprised what you can learn about teeth! I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated with interesting information on a frequent basis.

And remember: never forget to brush and floss on a daily basis!

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