Three Benefits of Choosing a Family Dentist

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Whether you’re new to the Centerton area or just searching for a new dental home, we know our practice would be a great fit for you and your family. Why? Because we’re a family-friendly office designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Today, we want to share some of the benefits that choosing a family dentist like Mint Dental Care can provide for you and your loved ones.

1. Convenience

Families today are busier than ever, and juggling your own obligations along with those of your kids can feel overwhelming. Many of our team have kids themselves, so we get it! We want to make things as easy as possible for our families. We are happy to schedule family block appointments so you don’t need to make multiple trips to our office.

2. Comprehensive Care

Choosing a family dentist means that each member of your family can receive quality care in the same place. We offer a wide variety of dental treatments ranging from preventative and restorative to cosmetic procedures that can deliver the smile of your dreams.

An added benefit of having the whole family under one dental roof? Many common dental issues have a genetic component. If we know that older family members experience certain dental issues, we can monitor younger family members for those same issues.

3. Kids Love Our Office

We’ve designed our office with your family’s comfort in mind. Our waiting area is calm and relaxing and we have amenities designed to help kids relax. Our team is skilled at working with young children, especially those who may feel a little more anxious about the dentist.

Mint Dental Care Has Answers to Your Questions

We know each family has different needs, goals, and budgets, and our team can work with you each step of the way to ensure your family gets the quality dental care you deserve. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

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If you experience some nervous energy before a dental appointment, that’s completely normal. We know that it’s common for some to feel anxious around doctors and dentist’s offices. That’s why we’ve worked hard to create a comfortable and easy experience that minimizes stress. To set you or your family member at ease before your next appointment, we want to list a few of our amenities that you can look forward to when you see us. We want you to feel there is nothing to fear when you come in for your next dental treatment.

If You Feel Nervous in Waiting Rooms

Some dentist’s offices can feel cold and clinical. We want you to feel as comfortable in our offices as you would in your own home. That’s why we’ve created a serene environment complete with cozy blankets, private treatment rooms with televisions, and complimentary beverages like calming herbal tea or a warm cup of coffee.

If You Have Anxiety About Pain

We hear from our patients that dental visits are often associated with pain. For our part, we want you to know that we are extremely gentle and careful with our patients. We’ll walk you through every step of your treatments. We’ve also acquired state-of-the-art technology to ensure your appointment is quick, easy and painless. We employ the DryShield™ Dental Isolation System that allows our team to work much more efficiently while you stay comfortable during the entire appointment. We also use an intraoral camera, so you get to see what we see when we’re looking in your mouth. These measures cut down on anxiety and discomfort during dental appointments.

If You Stress About Time

We value your time. That’s why we offer same-day treatment options if you’re in a rush. We also offer block scheduling to accommodate your whole family. This means fewer trips to the dentist!

If You Haven’t Taken Good Care of Your Teeth

Although we love to emphasize the importance of good dental hygiene to our patients, we don’t want you to think you’re being judged if you’ve neglected to floss, or if it’s been a while since your last cleaning. It’s never too late to start good habits. We seek to be encouraging, understanding, and educational. Don’t be intimidated by the state of your teeth. All are welcome.

If You Have Financial Constraints

We believe everyone should have access to good dental care. That’s why we try to work with all of our patients to find a good payment option. We are insurance friendly and take Medicaid. We offer in-house payment plans and flexible financing through CareCredit. Don’t let payment constraints stop you.

If Your Child Has Dental Anxiety

It’s very common for kids to have dental anxiety. That’s why we’ve set up a play place in our waiting room for your child to play with toys while you wait. We are especially patient with our littlest patients. We encourage you to bring them by before an appointment for a meet and greet so they can get to know us and see there is nothing to fear!

Visit Mint Dental Care for Stress-Free Dentistry

We look forward to helping you overcome your dental anxiety. Please let us know how we can help to make your visit more comfortable and convenient. We hope to see you soon!

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Holiday Treats That Are Good for Your Teeth

The holidays mean time spent with family and friends, fun traditions, and maybe even some presents. They also mean lots of food, and often not the kind that are good for your oral health. For those looking to stay healthy and cavity-free this holiday season, we’ll discuss some holiday treats that are good for your teeth.

three gingerbread man cookies good for oral health

Gingerbread Cookies

Yes, some cookies are not bad for your oral health! The key is finding those that don’t require a lot of sugar. Your typical sugar cookies often have more than a cup of sugar, while gingerbread cookies call for about half that. Another benefit is that gingerbread is high in fiber and ginger is an anti-inflammatory.

Cheesy Reindeer

Want a snack that’s as healthy as it is cute? Look no further than cheese reindeer! Cheese is good for your teeth because it’s packed with calcium to make your tooth enamel stronger. To make cheese reindeer, simply take a wedge of cheese cut in a triangle for the face, use black olives for the eyes, a round chunk of red pepper for the nose, and pretzels for the ears.

Oatmeal Cookies

Another healthier cookie, oatmeal cookies are good for your oral health because they are also much lower in sugar. In fact, they can be made with even less sugar if you substitute applesauce for a lot of the sugar in the recipe. Applesauce is a more natural sweetener that will also keep the cookies moist for longer. Better for your teeth and better for your tastebuds!

Pumpkin Pie

Another holiday treat you don’t have to feel too guilty about is pumpkin pie. High in fiber and Vitamin A, pumpkin strengthens your teeth’s enamel and works to keep gums healthy. Pumpkin pie recipes also don’t often call for too much sugar. Just be sure not to pile on the whipped cream!

Sweet Potatoes

Naturally sweet without being packed with sugar, sweet potatoes are a great holiday treat. They’re high in vitamins A and C which are vital to maintaining healthy gums. Just make sure that you pass on the sweet potato casserole that’s topped with marshmallows and brown sugar.

Chocolate Hazelnut Meringues

Instead of Hershey’s kisses, which are filled with sugar, make your own drop cookies with chocolate and hazelnuts. It’ll save your teeth from a lot of sugar, but will be so delicious that you won’t miss the Hershey’s kisses.

If you have any other questions about healthy holiday snacks that are good for your teeth, or if you need to schedule a checkup, contact us today!

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Meet Our Friendly Centerton Dental Team!

Mint Dental Care Team

You have a choice when it comes to finding your perfect dental office, and we at Mint Dental Care appreciate you taking the time to learn more about what sets our practice apart from the rest. Let’s introduce you to our wonderful team!

Dr. Trent McCord

Dr. McCord is an Arkansas native and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, where he won the Edward L. Wilson Award. Committed to his community, Dr. McCord is a volunteer dentist with the Samaritan Community Center and was named their volunteer of the year in 2015. In his spare time, you can find him hanging out with his family, hiking, reading, fishing, and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Dr. Chelsea Knox

Dr. Knox completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, where she earned pediatric dentistry honors and was #2 in her class. Like Dr. McCord, Dr. Knox is passionate about volunteer work and has gone on a dental mission trip to Peru. Dr. Knox enjoys kayaking, hiking, and playing in an adult volleyball league. Dr. Knox says that what she loves about working at Mint Dental Care is that everyone goes above and beyond for their patients: “We treat them like family and friends. We know everyone by name, and we laugh and joke around which is very unique to our dental office.”

Get to Know Our Mint Dental Care Team

Mint Dental Care’s family of front desk staff, hygienists, and assistants all contribute their own unique skills and interests to our practice. Many of them are fluent in Spanish to help deliver quality care to our Spanish-speaking patients. Check out this short video on our Facebook page to meet our fantastic dental crew!

Join Our Dental Family

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Centerton area, we hope you consider Mint Dental Care. It is our team’s priority to make you and your family feel as comfortable as possible while we provide you with expert care. We offer extended hours, family-block appointments, and same-day emergency dental care. Contact us to set up a visit and meet our team in person today!

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