Reader’s Digest Reply: Can You Trust Your Dentist? Dentophobia (Odontophobia), AKA fear of the dentist and dental procedures, is a phobia for people of all ages. This common fear can be strong enough to create physical reactions such as panic attacks and can also lead to other health related issues. According to a 2018 survey by the American Dental Association (ADA), only 15 percent of Americans rate their overall health of their mouth as ‘excellent’ and only 58% of Americans see their dentist at least one time per year. Is dentophobia the culprit that is keeping us away from our dentist, or is there some other less obvious cause hovering over us? Your dentist is your oral health partner; you should be able to rely on his or her knowledge, wisdom, and skill to protect your well-being, prevent disease, and to restore your health and your smile. According to Reader’s Digest (RD), in an article titled, Can You Trust Your Dentist, written in 1997 and updated in January, 2021, (illustrated with the image of a tooth wrapped in caution tape), “…dentistry is less science-based and regulated than other fields. Some patients pay the price.” While admitting that the vast majority [...]
By Melissa|2021-03-07T01:01:50+00:00March 6th, 2021|Categories: Dr. Matt's Thoughts|Comments Off on Trusting Your Dentist – By Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt is back! The days are filled with planning, building, hiring, training, learning, and praying. Thank you to all who have walked this journey with us. We've put together a quick video of a sneak peek of what is to come at 16044 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, LA 70769!
The journey through cancer is not an easy one. But, with the help and support of friends and family, Dr. Matt has made it to cancer free and ready to roll! Thank you so very much for all of the messages, cards, phone calls, and prayers! Photo: Homemade vegan king cake by Nicole and artwork by Maddie!
I have a story to tell you. But first, for those who have not heard my background, “why dentistry”? I grew up on the old farm in Centerville, MS where the constant feeling of the grass beneath my feet made it worth living in the country. We were far away from “town” where I would attend Baton Rouge’s Buckskin Bill Show and do the “elephant march” placing my penny in the wheelbarrow for the Baton Rouge Zoo’s first elephant, appropriately named, “Penny”. […]
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