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5 Practical Tips to Get Whiter Teeth

5 Practical Tips to Get Whiter Teeth

Want Whiter Teeth? Try These At-Home Techniques

Is your smile more of a gold than pearl? Try these at-home teeth whitening solutions to help prevent yellowing and keep your teeth whiter in between professional treatments.

When you picture a healthy smile, what image comes to mind? Most people will instantly think of a bright, pearly white smile. The trouble is, over time, our teeth can begin to discolor, causing yellowing to occur. This discoloration can happen for various reasons, but typically it is due to stained enamel. Common culprits include drinks like red wine or coffee and other foods or substances such as tobacco. Which is why many people are wondering how to get whiter teeth.

In some cases, this staining is reversible. For example, you can receive professional whitening treatments to help reverse any stains or discoloration, or you can have a more permanent solution, like veneers for more severe discoloration. There are also over-the-counter options, which you can apply at home, but Dr. Farless always recommends consulting your dentist before starting any drugstore brands or at-home peroxide treatments to ensure you are correctly using the product.

If you are looking to go a more natural route, or want to try new preventative techniques to help keep your teeth from yellowing, Dr. Farless has a few tips! You can incorporate these following techniques into your oral routine to help keep your smile bright for years to come.

1. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Peroxide-based teeth whitening products are very effective, so it makes sense that using similar, over-the-counter products at home can help to reduce yellowing on your teeth. Additionally, it works great as an oral antiseptic and can help to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria and germs. You can combine one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a runny paste, similar to a typical toothpaste.

It’s important to note that there are a few risks associated with using baking soda as it can be a little harsh on your enamel. To reduce these, be sure to eliminate any clumps in your baking soda. If it’s too gritty, it can be abrasive. Leave the mixture on your teeth for no more than one minute, and then be sure to thoroughly rinse any residual paste. Limit use to once a week to ensure you can enjoy the results without causing harm to your teeth.

Pro Tip: Over-the-counter and harsh at-home whitening solutions often make teeth more sensitive. So if you already have sensitivity issues or you’d like to avoid having sensitive teeth, you should consider skipping the DIY route and come in for a consultation.

2. Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Another way to help get your teeth whtier over time is by using whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. These products typically have a safe amount of whitening chemicals that can help you lift surface stains and get whiter teeth over a few weeks. Combining mouthwash and toothpaste is recommended to achieve the best results. Be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time.

3. Oil Pulling

This is an ancient technique found in Ayurveda, which is considered the oldest medicinal system in the world with roots in India. This simple yet effective system helps to lift stains from the teeth while simultaneously clearing out any leftover food particles or infection-causing bacteria. The method is easy: just take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this while watching your favorite TV show or taking a shower! Any oil can be used for this, but the most popular option is coconut oil.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most versatile tools around, and you can typically find it in your cupboard. Thanks to its many beneficial features, ACV has anti-bacterial properties and can help to battle tooth decay and germs that can cause gingivitis. Plus, it can help to lift stains on your teeth such as those caused by smoking cigarettes or drinking coffee regularly. However, be sure to dilute it well! ACV is an acid. So too much of it can be bad for your enamel by causing erosion. (And losing enamel does not make your teeth whiter!) Dentists recommend using five parts water to one part apple cider vinegar for a tooth-safe whitening rinse. Use it a few times a week for at least a month to see results. Be sure to rinse with water after, as well, to help protect your tooth enamel.

5. Activated Charcoal

You might not think that a powder that turns your teeth black would be good at fighting dental stains, but think again. Activated charcoal—not to be confused with the charcoal you use to barbeque—is a finely ground powder made of naturally occurring substances. It offers a wide range of medicinal benefits, including uses in skin care treatments and even as an anti-toxin. While there is technically no scientific evidence that activated charcoal can remove stains, its ability to absorb and trap toxins has increased its popularity as an at-home whitening option. You can find some toothpastes that already have it as an ingredient, or you can dip a wet toothbrush in loose charcoal powder and brush as you would normally. Do this two to three times to a week to help fight stains and gradually brighten your smile.

Enhance Your Smile with Whitening Treatments

While nothing can replace a professional whitening treatment performed by a dental professional, incorporating preventative methods in your at-home routine can help to keep your teeth white between visits. Remember, you should never replace regular oral care with these, but rather mix them into your daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine. Don’t forget to schedule those bi-annual checkups with your dentist too

At Dr. Graham Farless’ office, we offer Greensboro, NC family and cosmetic dentistry solutions for all ages—including a variety of teeth whitening services—tailored to suit your individual needs. Contact us today to plan your visit, and don’t hesitate to ask about what you can expect during your first visit.


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5 Best Ways to Spend Your Money in 2019

5 Best Ways to Spend Your Money in 2019

Making an Investment

When people think of investments, they typically think of the money they have tied up in property or the stock market. While yes, these investments are an important part of planning for your future, there are other types of investing that will yield lifelong dividends.

Here are five of those investments you should spend money on this year..

Invest in your health and reap a lifetime of benefits.

Your health is the most important investment you’ll make to ensure a long, happy life. Your health—either good or poorly—impacts your quality of life and your bank account.

Getting in shape, and staying in shape, will…

  • Boost self-confidence
  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase strength
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Strengthen bones
  • Improve focus
  • Reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Help you maintain a healthy body weight

…to name a few.

Exercise Guidelines

So how much time do you need to invest in your exercise routine to reap all of these benefits? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ exercise guidelines, just 150 minutes a week for cardiovascular exercise (that’s 2.5 hours) spread throughout the week and 2 days of strength training are enough.

Strength training strengthens muscles and bones, and strong bones are important as we age. Aerobic exercise (also known as cardiovascular or “cardio” exercise) is important to keep our lungs and hearts healthy. You can complete a workout routine in just 30 minutes a day each day, or you can block together two days of longer workouts for strength training and cardio. However it works for your schedule, make sure you’re getting the minimum recommended exercise so you can live a long, healthy life.

The second part of investing in your health is making sure you eat nutritious food. Your food choices affect your health every day and affect how you feel, your energy levels, and mood. Good nutrition, combined with exercise are the pillars of a healthy lifestyle that will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease and promote overall health and well-being. Not sure where to start? Here are some quick healthy eating guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Another great thing about taking care of your body is that your oral health can benefit, too. We know that oral health directly affects bodily health, so managing both is important for total body wellness. To make sure you’re in optimal oral health, visit Dr. Farless twice a year for a professional hygiene cleaning. Between visits, brush twice daily, floss daily, and follow the healthy eating guidelines above. As your dental provider, we care for your oral and total body health. If you’re thinking this sounds expensive, think again. Not only will being healthy help you enjoy life more now and in the future, but it will also actually save you money.

And while you’re looking for a new gym or for a wider variety of healthy foods, take this next investment into consideration.

Shop local and invest in your community.

In recent years, there’s been a movement to support local businesses—from retail, restaurants and service providers to everything in between. Perhaps it’s the up and coming generation of Millenials that seek out connection, meaning and authenticity in all things that spurred this trend. Or maybe it’s been our society’s overall shift to being more conscious of where the things we buy come from. Being able to talk to the shop owner or farmer as you purchase your weekly produce instills a sense of community, belonging and connectedness that we crave.

But outside of that, shopping local actually boosts your local economy. This study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remains in the city while only $43 remains if spent at a chain retailer. That $25 difference adds up and collectively can be spent on improving community structures, infrastructure, and contributing to city improvements that make life easier and better for everyone. In this time when a brand’s story and social involvement can be a key determining factor for consumers, shopping locally lets you get to know the business on a personal level.  

Invest in self-care.

Investments of this kind, be it financial or time, are undeniably as important as taking care of your health. Self-care is important for stress management and reduction, which has many benefits and is part of our overall health care. It’s also critically important for your mental health which also impacts your bodily health. Are you seeing a pattern yet? It’s all connected.

Self-care looks different for every person. So it’s important that you listen to yourself and identify your needs so you can best care for them. Do things that bring you peace, joy, and happiness with the ultimate goal of contributing to the harmony of body, mind, and spirit.

Some people enjoy unwinding by exercising. Exercise is a highly effective method to reduce stress so you can get in your recommended weekly exercise and practice self-care at the same time! Others find that a little pampering or cosmetic treatment increases their self-confidence which is highly important to your mental state.

If a misaligned smile is holding you back from smiling freely, ask Dr. Farless about Six Month Smiles. You can even top it off with a bright smile by using our professional grade teeth whitening systems.

Reading books to educate yourself about something or reading to unwind is another method. Do the necessary mental work to get your mind in a place of calm. Here are some great TED talk videos about mindfulness and self-care.

You can start today and enjoy the lifelong benefits of self-care.

Invest to build.

If you’ve committed to transforming your health for the better and are looking for your next big goal, consider investing to build your future. The most common forms of investing money are in stocks and real estate, and if this is of interest to you, research some companies you like and determine how much money you’re willing to invest. This article from Forbes has good tips on investing.

This type of investing doesn’t necessarily have to be about putting money into something, you can use this to further your career by investing in continuing education (our team does this every year!), or working to become debt free. Either way, you’re contributing to your growth and that’s a good thing.

Invest in experiences.

Life is a series of experiences and these combine to shape who we are and how we see the world. In fact, investing in experiences can make you happier than material items, according to research. The research states that experiencing new things gives us a sense of wonder and joy, and sharing experiences with others give us the connections we seek. You can seek out new experiences in your home town or plan a trip to another country. All of the money you’re saving by being healthy and investing in yourself could go toward your trip!

And don’t forget to schedule your bi-annual visit with Dr. Farless. Investing in your smile with regular checkups and cleanings will save you time, money, and headache.


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10 Amazing Things to Do in Greensboro

10 Amazing Things to Do in Greensboro

At the dental offices of Graham E. Farless, DDS, we realize that for most people the idea of scheduling a dental appointment isn’t among their favorite things to do in Greensboro! Sure, we may have a passion for perfecting your pearly pallette, but we also know the rest of the world views our excitement about root canals in the same eyebrow-raising manner they use to silently judge anyone who has a pet rock collection or an obsession with chia pets. In short, going to a dentist is certainly a necessity for both your health and wellbeing, but the experience is a bit like, well, pulling teeth!

With that in mind, today we’re taking a break from our normal toothy pursuits to offer you insight into a topic we can all get excited about. We’re talking about our mutual love with our hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. With a rich history, plenty of indoors and outdoors activities, and a vibrant dining scene, it’s not wonder we chose to call Greensboro home to our local dental practice. Let’s jump right in and share with our regular readers or potential new patients our favorite list of ten amazing things to do in Greensboro.

1. Greensboro Cultural Center

In a world filled with songs that repeat nonsensical words as if there is a per-syllable charge, we can all acknowledge that a hefty dose of culture is much needed. And while you won’t find any Mmmmm Bop at the Greensboro Cultural Center, you will find an exciting venue jam packed with educational spaces, a grand music venue, and more live events than you could shake a stick at. Be sure to check out the calendar to take in the dynamic variety of year round programing you’ll find at this Greensboro staple.

2. Center City Park and LeBauer Park

Indoor culture is certainly entertaining, but sometimes you just need to get a dose of fresh air to help clear the mental cobwebs. With a combined five acres of urban greenspace, adjacent Center City Park and LeBauer Park are just the ticket to help take advantage of Greensboro’s idyllic weather. With artist performances, cafe dining, athletic spaces, and recreational equipment, it’s probably easier to ask what you can’t do in this downtown green haven.

3. The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park

We’ve all seen enough horror movies to know that the idea of strolling around a bog doesn’t initially seem all that appealing, but that’s probably because you’ve never visited Greensboro’s Bog Garden at Benjamin Park. An elevated boardwalk that meanders through seven plush acres helps rank the garden as one of the coolest and most unique experiences in town. Plenty of wildlife, a huge variety of natural plants, and an awesome recirculating waterfall also help make this year-round attraction a must on any Greensboro “to do” list.

4. Greensboro Children’s Museum

Sometimes kids just need a spot where they can run around and touch “all the things.” Sometimes that kid may even be a 35-year-old adult who’s still a child at heart. Whatever your case may be, the Greensboro Children’s Museum ranks near the top of our list of can’t-miss attractions. More than 20 exhibits encourage youngsters to explore and learn. Add in regular scheduled events such as adult cooking classes, and you’re ensured entertainment for all ages.

5. International Civil Rights Center & Museum

The 1960s in America was a time of heroic voices and impactful changes. Greensboro certainly had its fair share of involvement in this history with the now iconic non-violent sit-ins that helped spark the larger national civil rights movement. At the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, you can explore the events that helped ignite a nation, and enjoy the thoughtful and interactive exhibits perfect for all ages.

6. Antique Market Place

If you’re looking to continue on your journey back through history, the Greensboro Antique Market Place is sure to whet your appetite for all things old and collectible. Open seven days a week, be sure to bring your walking shoes and a truck to haul away those goodies. You may not find any of George Washington’s wooden teeth, but the organized layout will help you locate plenty of other household and rare items.

7. Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company

After all that shopping, you’ll likely have worked up a decent thirst. Greensboro has you covered with Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company. One of the most popular breweries in the area, Gibbs offers their own craft creations brewed in house along with a host of regional and national favorites. Locally inspired snacks are on offer and guests are encouraged to bring in their own favorite dish from nearby restaurants. As a bonus, well-behaved pooches are welcome both inside and on the patio, so rover can join in on the fun and shenanigans.

8. Greensboro Downtown District

Look, we get it, there’s one in every group. You know that friend. The one who can’t seem to make up their mind on whether they want pizza, chinese, indian, or some crazy modern chinizian hybrid. If this scenario sounds familiar, Downtown Greensboro has you covered. The classic and accessible downtown layout retains a small-town feel with big-time shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Local parking and recently revitalized green spaces only add to the convenience and charm of the city’s shopping and cultural heart.

9. Boxcar Bar + Arcade

Here’s a math problem for you. What do you get when you combine cold, frosty beverages with a variety of modern and classic video games? The answer is Boxcare Bar + Arcade in Greensboro (although we also would have accepted a recipe for awesomeness). 24 rotating drafts and over arcade games, pinball machines, and air hockey tables combine with an outdoor pizza kitchen to ensure that you’ll have no reason to leave and every reason to bust out a few more tokens while aiming for Frogger high score victory.

10. Greensboro Science Center

Do you enjoy peeping at penguins? Maybe you’re interested in cavorting with crocodiles. Perhaps, even, you seriously dig on dinosaurs? If any or all of the above apply to you, head on over to the Greensboro Science Center. As an aquarium, zoo, and museum all in one, there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than taking in the wide variety of attractions, exhibits, and educational animal habitats in the Greensboro area. When your feet get tired, simply park yourselves in the Adventure Theatre Show where you’ll be entertained by Indiana Bones or a lively meerkat show.

There you have it: 10 of the amazing reasons that the Dental Offices of Graham E. Farless, DDS, call Greensboro home. Whether you’re in the area sightseeing or call Greensboro home, we invite you to book an appointment and let us show you what a local, hometown dentist has to offer.


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Five Myths About DIY Teeth Whitening

Five Myths About DIY Teeth Whitening

If there is one thing we as a society are good at, it’s doing things for ourselves. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at all the DIY videos and television shows out there. If there’s a product or service on the market today, I can just about guarantee there’s some enterprising soul making a video about how you can do it yourself and save money. Maybe even do it better than the original! Sounds good, doesn’t it? It does to me, too. However, there is one area I can tell you that just about never works out in the do-it-yourself department. And that’s DIY teeth whitening.

What we’re talking about here are the myths that surround at-home teeth whitening gimmicks. It’s big business, right? Look at any ad or television show, and you’ll see models and actors with bright beautiful smiles. Everyone wants one of those . . . it’s natural. Not everyone has one or figures they can go to the dentist and have their teeth whitened, so, they turn to the myriad at-home DIY solutions.

There are a lot more myths out there than I’m going to cover today in the short time we have together, but I want to touch on the top five, at least in my humble opinion. You may have tried some of these in the past… and maybe you’ve even had some success, though perhaps just temporary. Please, even if that is the case, hear me out. Your dental health is important to me, and I hope it’s important to you as well.

Myth #1: You should use stronger DIY teeth-whitening agents if you want to reduce treatment time.

Fact: Many teeth-bleaching products contain peroxide. You’ll find it right on the label. Now, peroxide is useful for a lot of things… but whitening your teeth is not one of them. There are a couple of reasons for this. Higher concentrations can cause sensitive teeth. And if you’ve ever dealt with sensitive teeth, you know how nasty that can be. It’s no fun to be stuck with drinking only tepid beverages because your teeth won’t tolerate anything else.

Not only that, but it’s also a fact that individual teeth respond to bleaching at different rates. That means that some of your teeth may be whiter than others. Uneven whitening might not really be the look you’re going for, so that’s why stronger does not equal faster and better in the whitening game.

Myth #2: Whitening toothpaste is effective.

Fact: The idea of whitening your teeth sells. This is not lost on toothpaste manufacturers. There is no denying that whitening toothpaste could provide some minimal benefit over time. However, it does more to keep your teeth white than it does to whiten already stained teeth. A few minutes contact at a time is just not going to fit the bill when it comes to truly effective whitening. Always use a product recommended by the ADA. You can find these by looking for the ADA seal on the package label. Some good ones include products made by Colgate, Crest, Aim and other regional brands such as Tom’s. There are also products that are specifically made for those with sensitive teeth and pediatric or senior consumers.

Myth #3: Hydrogen peroxide or baking soda is a safe DIY teeth whitening solution.

Fact: Neither hydrogen peroxide nor baking soda makes for a good DIY teeth whitening treatment. Toothpaste with baking soda is fine if you should choose to brush with it. But again, the baking soda won’t do much for whitening. Nor will leaving the baking soda on your teeth for extended periods of time, which could disrupt the balance of good to bad bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to a variety of oral health problems.

And hydrogen peroxide? Well, that can create free radicals, which can damage your gums and other tissues in your mouth if used at teeth-whitening proportions for a long time. (A little in a well-formulated toothpaste is fine).

Myth #4: Children can have their teeth whitened, too.

Fact: Children can have stained or discolored teeth, just like adults can, though usually for different reasons. Usually, it’s not because of coffee, and it should definitely not be because of smoke or chewing tobacco!
There are many different reasons for teeth-staining during childhood. Poor oral hygiene and lack of proper dental care are certainly causes, but one of the main culprits is medication-related. Some types of antibiotics commonly used by children (and adults) can cause yellowing or spotting of the teeth.

The process of tooth whitening may have a negative impact on a child’s developing teeth, so it’s not a good idea for a child to have their teeth whitened—whether DIY at home or even at the general dentist’s office. It’s a much better idea to contact a pediatric dentist, who can discuss treatment options and a sensible timeline with you and your child.

Myth #5: Professional tooth whitening is unaffordable.

Fact: It’s true that professional teeth whitening is likely going to be more expensive at the outset than a DIY kit you can pick up at the store, or a solution you mix up yourself at home. But in the long run, the procedure is a lot more affordable than you might think.

On top of that, you won’t be running the risk of damaging your teeth or coming out with results that make your situation worse. And you’ll feel more comfortable, too. The whitening process can cause temporary tooth sensitivity in some cases, so a dentist may administer gels to prevent that sensitivity during treatment.

There are ways you can whiten your teeth at home. Some of them are more effective than others. I hope the information I have covered here will help you reach a decision as to which method will work best for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.


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10 Benefits of Choosing Your Hometown Dentist

10 Benefits of Choosing Your Hometown Dentist

No matter how much we want to dismiss, deny, or roll our eyes at them, it turns out that what our mothers taught us as children at home really does apply to many situations throughout our adult lives.  

“Bigger isn’t always better.”

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

“Quality over quantity.”

It may not have been exactly what Mom had in mind when issuing her universal guidance, but the same advice can be applied when it comes to choosing your family dentist. Selecting a caring, local, hometown professional, such as Graham E. Farless, DDS, to care for your family’s dental needs certainly fits the bill of “always knows best” type of input. But hey, we were also once stubborn teenagers who didn’t listen to our parents’ words of wisdom. If you’re in the Greensboro, North Carolina vicinity and in need of a good teeth cleaning or specialized dental care, check out our list of the top ten benefits of choosing your hometown dentist. Don’t worry, we won’t tell Mom that you needed facts to back up her infallible advice.

1. Lower overhead (and fewer undisclosed costs).

Speaking of universally known truths, we can all accept the idea that larger corporations incur proportionately larger monetary overhead. From pricier office space to marketing or licensing fees for that national brand name, chain dental offices need much more capital to keep the lights on and those fancy reclining chairs, well, reclining. These costs will be passed along to customers, often in the form of added-on services.

Your hometown dentist can avoid charging you an arm and a leg for that extra-fluoridated fluoride treatment or gold plated bridge and crown set through more traditional business methods such as investing in smaller office properties and putting in the extra administrative leg work on their own time. In short, your local dental office’s primary goal is to appeal to their individual customers, rather than their corporate investors which makes their patients the big winners.

2. Personal attention.

If you’ve ever visited a traditional, large name dentist, you know that one of the trade-offs for brand recognition is often less time spent with your actual dental practitioner. Due to the aforementioned focus on profitability, these mega institutions typically have to cram in a larger number of clients per individual dentist.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Every dental office has to maintain the same minimum standards for care, education, and professionalism, and aforementioned dental assistants have their own set of requirements and certifications. If you’re like us, however, and want to receive your oral advice straight from the horse’s, errr, dentist’s mouth, a local hometown dental professional who can afford to spend more time with each individual patient is the way to go.

3. And personalized care.

Personalization doesn’t stop at the quantity spent with your individual dentist; quality also comes into play. Your local dentist isn’t bound by corporate constraints that often dictate the type or timing of procedures. Minor tooth decay may be rectified with regular dental visits and cleanings and wisdom teeth won’t require removal unless they become problematic to your oral or overall health. Each individual’s oral hygiene journey looks different, and local dentists have the time and experience available to help develop a personalized plan of attack that works for your lifestyle and budget.

4. Accessible customer service.

We’ve all had that infuriating experience with outsourced customer service agents. Whether it’s someone in the corporate office miles away or a person in a generic “let me get my supervisor” outsourced bullpen scenario, when you have a billing or scheduling question it can be a frustrating process dealing with an individual who needs to get themselves up to speed with your account.  

Hometown dental offices often utilize internal support staff for tasks from scheduling follow-up appointments to collecting co-payments. When you encounter an error or need to alert staff that you’re running a few minutes behind, at the hometown dentists, such as the offices of hometown dentist of Dr.. Farless, patients can rest assured that they’ll encounter an informed and familiar individual ready to assist or answer questions.

5. Improved follow up.

Following along the personalized attention theme, smaller community dental offices are also able to provide follow up services that fit your busy modern schedule. Larger, regional offices will resort to text alerts or the occasional phone call timed inevitably while you’re two hands deep in whipping up Monday meatloaf. At your hometown dentist, a caring receptionist or the doctor themselves will often want to devote the time and attention to reminding their patients about the need for an biannual cleaning or to check up on how little Johnny or Debby’s new braces are doing.

6. You can get to know your dentist.

An overwhelming sense of joy isn’t what we’d call a common reaction to an upcoming oral hygiene appointment. As anyone who has ever experienced dentophobia can tell you, trust is a must in a patient’s relationship with their dental professional. One of the most reliable ways to dispel the exaggerated image of the masked, goggled, rubber glove clad individual poking into your dental cavity is through the ability to get to know and rely on your local dentist.  

Smaller, hometown offices will have the same, reliable staff on hand for your visits. As opposed to the seemingly endless rotation of new faces you’ll see in many larger offices, your local dental office has lower turnaround meaning you’ll be able to rely on the individual relationships you build during your individual visits.

7. And your dentist gets to know you.

Longevity with any primary care provider is always a plus when it comes to developing that in-depth knowledge of your medical and dental needs. A hometown dentist is much better positioned to be able to identify subtle changes to your oral health. In addition, your local dental office can also develop the familiarity needed to truly get to know your individual preferences.  Have a sensitive palate? Your dental assistant will know to use extra care on those pesky annual x-rays. Are your teeth cold-sensitive? It will be marked in your chart for your visit to minimize brain freeze. Don’t worry, though: you local dental office still knows just how indecisive you are when it comes to the all-important choice between cherry or bubble gum flavored teeth cleanser.

8. You’re made to feel like family.

No, we’re not talking about family in the way that weird great Aunt Edna pinches your cheeks at holiday gatherings while exclaiming “my how you’ve grown.”  We do mean, however, that you’ll have the distinct possibility of running into your dentist at the local grocery store, church, or community leadership gathering. Sure, your dentist may use the opportunity to remind you that you’re overdue for your regular cleaning, but we’re pretty sure your mouth will agree this is still a notch in the plus column for visiting a dental practice close to home.

9. You’re giving back to the community.

It seems as if every year modern life tends to draw us further from our homes when it comes to spending our hard earned dollars. By visiting a local dentist, you’ll not only receive the kind of personalized, attentive care we’ve described above, you’ll also be contributing to local business and community. Local dentists employ a full staff of dental hygienists and administrative professionals and contribute to local chambers of commerce and volunteer groups. Whether it’s shopping or professional dental services, spending your hard earned dollars closer to home pays it forward for both your family and others in your community.

10. Reviews you can trust.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of choosing your hometown dentist is the ability to take the word of your trusted friends, colleagues, or family members into consideration when it comes to an individual office’s reputation and experience. Those great reviews on the major national chain establishment website are all well and good, but few things are as reliable as a first-hand account from local community members you know and trust.

At the offices of Dr. Farless, we let the smiles and experiences of our locally grown patients speak for themselves. From orthodontia to complex teeth and mouth restoration, our full range of services, along with the exceptional standard of care we provide, will leave you with a smile you can be proud to share with others. We invite you contact us today for an initial exam or additional information to find out the difference a hometown dentist can make.  


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