How to Overcome Dental anxiety

It’s not surprising to find many horror stories about visiting a dentist for a regular check-up or undergoing through a complicated dental procedure. The media portraying the dentists in the bad light is one possible suspect for this anxiety .Parents that would scare their kids about going to the dentist if they will not behave also creates fear to these kids as they grow old. 

The anxiety of going to a dentist is a serious problem that needs to be addressed right away. A few people who have dental anxiety are more likely to suffer from teeth and gum problems which can lead to other illnesses including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. 

It is estimated that between 5 to 8 per cent of American population fears Ontario dentist.  In addition, around 20% experiences enough anxiety that they will only see a dentist when needed. 

Another reason for the fear going to a dentist is the bad experience a few people had experienced from their dentists. Other patients who’d been through stressful conditions such as anxiety disorder, substance abuse, war trauma, victims of domestic violence and child abuse also have a hard time opening up with a dentist.  For them, lying in the dentist chair with a stranger doing things in their body makes them not in control of the situation, which is not what they want. Trusting a complete stranger getting close to them is something that is very hard for a few people under this condition to get used to. 

If the patient suffers from the above condition, the dentist should coordinate with a psychologist to help the patient first. Re-assuring the patient that everything is okay will not do much. The condition of the patient must be assessed first by a professional to lessen the anxiety. Once the condition is manageable, it’s the dentist responsibility to explain thoroughly to the patient that he is there to help him get dental care that he needs. 

For many who experiences anxiety during visit, try the following suggestions: 

  • Talk to your friends and family members who are not afraid of dentists. Ask them to come with your on your next visit.
  • Seek distraction while you are in lying in the dentist’s chair. This will let your mind wander somewhere else rather than paying attention to what goes in and out of your mouth.
  • Relax your body by taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it go slowly.This will slow down the heartbeat and lessen your nerves.

Cost of not Replacing a Missing Tooth

How do you deal with the problem of a missing tooth? For how long have you been missing your tooth? Time plays an important role in this situation. If there’s a considerable gap in between your teeth for a period of time, the remaining teeth will move in an attempt to cover the missing tooth. This can lead to the development of an unusual bite, harmless at first, but will soon take its toll. So what will a missing tooth cost you?  

It will cost you your confidence 

In this day and age of internet and social media, we love taking selfies to publish for anyone in our network to see. Can you imagine yourself smiling for pictures when you’re missing your front tooth? This setback will probably prevent you from posting too much from now on, but can you sustain this? How will you interact when you’re around friends, colleagues, or family members? Your confidence will absolutely suffer because you will always think about the time you still had that perfect smile and now, you no longer have it.  

It will cost you your favorite dishes 

If you love to eat a steak, for example, this will be a major source of frustration. You will now be forced to choose another dish you can chew and eat. We use our teeth to chew our food until they are reduced to size. Chewing also allows us to enjoy the taste of the food we eat. Missing a tooth weakens your bite and makes it awkward because you will now experience difficulties that will take some time getting used to.  

It will cost you the ability to speak normally 

Missing a tooth won’t only make you look funny, it will also make you sound funny and older. Having a complete set of teeth enables you to pronounce sounds and words more clearly and correctly. A missing tooth is a handicap for our speaking abilities. People with a complete set of teeth, no matter how old they are, sound younger and more vibrant because they sound appealing and can speak with more clarity. 

It will cost you your younger appearance 

A missing tooth or teeth will make you look older than your actual age because the skin around the missing teeth will sag and wrinkle because there is nothing underneath to support it. Another way it makes you look older it that your face won’t look full as before.   

It will speed up bone loss   

Bone mass density will decrease as a result of the lesser force now being exerted when we eat and chew our food.  

Think about the things you can no longer do as a result of simply missing a tooth. Can you bear the consequences of doing nothing for your dental health?      

What is Gingivitis?

 

One common disease that occurs when the person doesn’t take care of his oral hygiene is gingivitis. It happens when the bacteria inside the mouth is left unchecked. These bacteria cause the gums to be inflamed and recede away from the teeth.  

Gingivitis is a serious problem and needs to be treated as early as possible. If not treated, it can lead to more serious disease such as periodontitis. Periodontitis is the main reason for tooth  loss in adults, says the American Dental Association. Dental infections are bad both for the health and the pocket. According to a study by the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid, there were about $111billion money the entire United States has spent for dental services in 2013. 

How is gingivitis developed? If you will observe, there is a tiny space that is formed between your teeth and the gum line. This is called a sulcus. This space becomes a trap for small pieces of food. And if this food is not removed, bacteria will breed and will cause the infection-the gingivitis. Gingivitis can also happen when hardened plaque from the teeth reaches the sulcus. 

If gingivitis is not diagnosed and treated at an early stage, it can damage the supporting tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. The tooth will get loose and eventually needs to be taken out, or it will fall by itself. 

Sometimes, a simple case of gingivitis progresses to the worst case because it is hard to detect early on. However, you can consult a dentist once you see or feel these symptoms: inflamed gums, there is blood when you brush or floss your teeth, gums that recede from the teeth, you can feel as if your teeth are not in the right position while you eat or speak, pus accumulation in the gums, sensitive teeth, and bad breath. 

You need to take gingivitis seriously. If left untreated, it can increase the risk of certain conditions such as lung disease, heart ailments, diabetes, and stroke. More so, pregnant women with gingivitis can have low weight infants and worse, premature birthing. 

The treatment for gingivitis starts by probing if your gum is swollen. The dentist will measure your gums by a small ruler or will order an X-ray check-up. Once you turned positive for gingivitis, a dentist or a periodontist (experts on gum diseases) will suggest several ways to counter it. This might include deep cleaning your mouth, prescribe antibiotics or surgery.