To many people, there are few things more anxiety-inducing than a trip to the dentist. According to the Huffington Post, five percent of the population is afflicted with a debilitating fear of the dentist. If you suffer from anxiety about going to the dentist, it's important that you're able to recognize the source of your anxiety so you can find ways to reduce it. So what are some causes of dental anxiety?
Unpleasant Prior Experiences
So many people have had negative experiences with a dentist at some point in their lives. They're worried about these experiences being repeated, so they either avoid going to the dentist altogether or they suffer anxiety prior to their visit.
Many people feel so embarrassed by the state of their teeth. They feel like their dentist will ridicule or chastise them for the shape their mouth is in. Your dentist is there to help you improve the state of your teeth, not to judge your for the shape they're in. It doesn't matter what shape your teeth are in; what matters is that you're taking the initiative to improve them.
Fear of Pain
A common misconception about going to the dentist is that it will inevitably be a painful experience. A visit to the dentist is meant to enhance your dental health in a safe, pain-free way. Nothing about going to the dentist should involve pain. While some discomfort is to be expected, any respectable dentist will do everything in his or her power to minimize any potential discomfort.
How Can You Combat Dental Anxiety?
First and foremost, you need to pinpoint what specifically is making you anxious about your bi-yearly dental visit. Is it the loud, unpleasant whirring of the tools and machines that puts you on edge? Is it the close proximity of other people to your face? Is it lingering anxiety from an unpleasant experience with another dentist?
Once you've discovered the cause of your anxiety, it will easier for you to find a way to cope with it. For instance, if the loud noises bother you, then you might find that wearing ear plugs or headphones during your exam helps. If you have any concerns, the key is ask your dentist. They have worked with numerous patients with every kind of worry and reservation there is, so they are well-equipped with all the necessary resources to help you ease your anxiety.
Although the best solution to bad breath, also known as halitosis, is to keep your mouth clean by practicing routine oral hygiene, which involves brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, eating certain foods may help mask oral odor on a short-term basis. Green tea, yogurt, parsley, lemon juice and certain fruits are a few foods that can be used for this purpose as noted by Everyday Health. Carrots, celery and cucumbers are also helpful.
Green tea works by preventing the occurrence of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. This food is rich in catechin, which is an ant-oxidizing substance that renders the mouth inconducive for bacterial existence. Yogurt contains probiotics, which are healthy bacteria. If eaten, yogurt fills your mouth with the bacteria, which are capable of overwhelming the influence of odor-causing bacteria, leading to good breath. Parsley has chlorophyll, which contains anti-bacterial properties. One way to use this herb is to chew its leaves. Extracting parsley juice from the leaves using a juicer and drinking the juice is another way of using this herb. Continue reading
Many people use mouthwash as part of their regular dental hygiene care. Others avoid using mouthwash, feeling it is unnecessary or too harsh for the mouth tissues. Mouthwash can be an effective dental aid when used appropriately.
Ask your dentist.
Although it seems logical that most dentists would recommend the use of mouthwash to their patients, there may be some dental practitioners who advise against using it. One reason is because mouthwash may be unnecessary for children, for example, who are just learning to brush and floss, and may misuse mouthwash. Another reason to avoid mouthwash is for patients who have special mouth conditions that mouthwash could irritate. A dentist will let you know if you can safely use mouthwash as part of your dental hygiene program. Continue reading
After age 17, wisdom teeth first make their presence known. They generally erupt through the gum far back in the mouth. Sometimes referred to as the “third set of molars,” wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear. Although certain individuals never develop wisdom teeth, most people eventually discover they have one to four of these molars. In rare cases, a person may develop more than four wisdom teeth. Scientists cannot yet explain why the number varies from one person to the next, but studies show that approximately 85 percent of all wisdom teeth must at some point be removed. This is because in many cases, such teeth do not erupt properly, making the person vulnerable to infection, periodontal disease and other issues that interfere with a healthy mouth.
Why People Have Wisdom Teeth
There are many theories concerning why wisdom teeth form and their overall purpose. Some researchers are of the opinion that because of the type of food eaten by our ancestors, extra molars were necessary that are unneeded in today's modern world. Continue reading
While toddlers often love brushing their teeth to be like older siblings or parents, school-age kids may need encouragement to develop healthy dental habits. Fortunately, there are several things parents can do to teach children about effective dental hygiene.
Use fun dental products.
Dentists often hand out free fun toothbrushes and dental supplies for kids. You can also buy themed toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. Let your children choose favorite characters and colors to support their interest in dental hygiene products, and they're likely to spend more time using them consistently. Continue reading
Not paying proper attention to proper oral hygiene leads to cavities, and if those cavities go untreated, the middle of your tooth known as the pulp can become infected. Pulp disease is painful and dangerous, and it requires treatment. It can easily turn into an oral infection. A sign of pulp disease is pain when eating sweet, hot or cold foods and drinks. Pulp disease can be reversible or irreversible.
Reversible pulp disease
Inflamed tooth pulp can become infected and become abscessed. These infections are usually treated with antibiotics and fillings. A cracked or broken tooth can also result infections or abscesses.
Irreversible pulp disease
This is very painful pulp inflammation, and there's no cure for it. It's dangerous because if the condition goes untreated, it can spread to the gums and other tissues. It's ordinarily treated with a root canal because the tooth's root becomes infected. The pulp of the tooth is removed and replaced. If the root canal can't be performed, the tooth itself has to be removed. Continue reading
If you long to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free, then it is time to take action. There is no reason why you can't avoid denture shopping, and keep your pearly-whites healthy and strong always.
The best time to start healthy food habits is as soon your child's first tooth appears. Moreover, young teeth are softer and more susceptible to acid since they need a decade for the first tooth enamel to mature. Here are some of the foods and drinks that can require extra attention to detailed dental hygiene:
1. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are at the top of the list of foods that can cause concern. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit have a high concentration of citric acids that can work on eroding tooth enamel. Cavities are next. Continue reading
If you have been recently diagnosed with an array of dental conditions, it is recommended to obtain a second opinion. It will not only confirm or contradict the opinion of the treating dentist, but it will also give you a peace of mind about the proposed course of treatment. It is especially true if a substantial cost is involved along with any serious existing dental discrepancies you may have such as multiple missing teeth or oral disease.
A second opinion should be sought after if:
• You do not feel comfortable with the treatment plan presented by your dentist
• You do not have good rapport with your dental provider
• Your insurance does not cover the procedures and you will have to pay out-of-pocket
• Serious medical conditions are present and may require the involvement of a specialist
• You have had dental work done, but it is not satisfactory Continue reading
There can be no doubt that teeth are extremely valuable body parts. They allow people to properly process the food that they eat, contribute to proper speech, help keep the bones of the jaw strong, an contribute to overall attractiveness.
Since teeth are of such undoubted importance, it makes sense that people will want to do their utmost to keep them healthy. To this end, modern medical science has done a good job creating tools that do just that.
One of these tools is a chemical known as fluoride. In the United States, about 70 percent of drinking water is treated with this abundant substance. This is done because the government claims that this protects the dental health of the public.
But is this true? This article will consider this question. It will also answer some questions that are relevant to the subject along the way.
These questions include: Just what is fluoride? What are some of the assumed benefits of this substance? What are some possible drawbacks? And, should it be in the water supply at all? Let's consider these questions.
JUST WHAT IS FLUORIDE?
Fluoride is one of the most abundant elements found in the crust of the earth - number 13 on the overall list - and is an ion of the element called Fluorine. Fluoride is different because it has an extra electron, which gives is a negative electrical charge.
It is worth noting that naturally occurring fluoride is easily found in soil, food, water, and certain minerals. In addition to this, fluoride is also made artificially in laboratories. Continue reading
Your dental hygiene routine consists of brushing and flossing three times each day. You also make bi-annual visits to the dentist for regular checkups. These habits keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, they also help to keep your heart healthy.
It would be a stretch to say that poor dental health causes heart disease. Nevertheless, there are links between the two. The inflammatory nature of periodontal disease creates an environment that encourages the overgrowth of dangerous bacteria.
Proper brushing and flossing helps the mouth maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Without these hygiene practices, gum disease is likely to occur. Unfortunately, bleeding gums can create a passageway for oral plaque to enter the bloodstream. This plaque can find a new home in your blood vessels, and eventually interfere with blood flow to the heart. Continue reading