Addressing Dental Anxiety
Perhaps there is no other healthcare profession like dentistry that has the unfortunate (and false) reputation of wanting to cause pain rather than to prevent it. For all the good that dentists do to improve our well being, there are many patients with fears about sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Perhaps it has something to do with not liking sharp metal objects put into your mouth or a distaste for fluoride, no matter how strongly the hygienist insist it is “cherry flavored.” Whatever the reason, there are many people ( young and old), who have dental anxiety.
Ways to Overcome Dental Anxiety
For your teeth’s sake, there are ways to combat dental anxiety, a condition sure to cause cavities. If positive reinforcement, learning to control fear and other behavior management techniques don’t do the trick, dental sedation could ease your mind and allow you to get your teeth cleaned.
Sedation occurs through inhalation (nitrous oxide, aka laughing gas) , & intravenously. These options are safe and can address most forms of dental anxiety by allowing you to get dental work done and simultaneously relieving the anxiety you feel inside. You can have a healthy smile without all of the worrying.
Your Body Is A Complex Machine
The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable. Tooth decay happens when sugar comes in contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the mouth.
Wise Food Choices For Your Teeth
For healthy living and healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced meal and limit snacking in between meals. Drink plenty of water, and eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups.
What Is A Root Canal?
Recently, has your dentist informed you that you need root canal treatment? Is so you are not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal or endodontic treatment. Root canals can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile. A dentist can treat the inside of the tooth, and this is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflamed or infection can have a variety of causes; deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
How Root Canal Treatment Save a Tooth?
During root canal treatment the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber like material. Afterwards the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration the tooth will continue to function like any other tooth.
What Is the Right Way To Floss?
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach under the gum line and in between the teeth. Plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. You need to start with about eighteen inches of floss, wind most of the floss around both middle fingers leaving at least an inch or two of floss to work with. While holding the floss between your thumbs and index finger, slide it gently up and down between your teeth. Never snap or force the floss, this can bruise or cut delicate gum tissue. Ensure you are using clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
What Types of Floss Should I Use?
There are two types of floss to choose from:
Nylon floss is available waxed or unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. This floss may sometimes shred or tear especially between teeth with tight contact points. While PTFE floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.
Oral piercing and tongue splitting are forms of body art and self expression in today’s society. However oral piercing which involve the tongue (the most common site), lips, cheeks, uvula or a combination of sites and tongue splitting can be associated with a number of adverse oral and systemic conditions. As with any puncture wound or incision, piercing can cause pain, swelling and infection.
The Drawback to Oral Piercings
Possible adverse outcomes secondary to oral piercing include increase salivary flow, gingival injury or recession, damage to teeth, interference with speech, scar tissue formation and development of metal hypersensitives . It has also been speculated that glavanic currents from stainless-steel oral jewelry in contact with other interoral metals could result in pulpal sensitivity. Secondary infection from oral piercings can be serious. With all of this in mind, we recommend you think twice about getting those oral piercings done.
Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore
Nearly 9 in 10 disease can cause symptoms in your mouth. That puts your dentist on the front line for spotting serious health conditions developing silently in your body. This is the one reason it’s so important to see your dentist at least two times a year for dental cleanings and checkups. When caring for your teeth and gums at home, it’s also important to watch for new problems in your mouth. They may be warning signs of more serious conditions in your body.
Symptoms To Look Out For
- Gum, tooth, or jaw pain
- Bleeding gums
- Loose or lost teeth
- Reoccurring bad breath
- Sore, irregular patches, or lumps in your throat
If you have any of these warning signs, seek your dentist right away. Your dentist can diagnose specific dental issues that may be developing. Or he can also refer you to another health care professional for further evaluation and treatment.
It Takes More Than Just Brushing
OK so you know about brushing and flossing. There are other steps you should take if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Some people assume they will lose their teeth as they age. That doesn’t have to happen! Below are some suggestions for you in order to achieve a healthy mouth that last a lifetime.
Eight Steps to Dental Health
- Understand your own oral health needs- Some medications, including more than 300 common drugs can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, resulting in dry mouth. Woman who are pregnant often go through oral changes. Patients with asthma often breath through their mouth, which in turn can result in dry mouth and increased plaque. People with braces often have difficulty cleaning their teeth and develop more plaque.
- Commit to a daily oral health routine- Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your oral health practices. Based on your discussion come up with an effective plan or routine.
- Use fluoride products- Everyone can benefit from fluoride not just children. Fluoride strengthens developing teeth in children. It also helps prevent decay in children and adults.
- Brush and floss to remove plaque- Everyone should brush at least twice a day. In addition, you should at least floss once a day. These activities remove plaque, which is a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.
- Limit snacks, and eat a balanced diet- Every time you eat bits of food become lodged in and around your teeth. This food provides fuel for the bacteria in plaque. This occurs more often when eating snacks and food stays on your teeth for a while.
- If you use tobacco in any form, quit- Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk in oral cancer and gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Using tobacco also contributes to bad breath and stains your teeth.
- Examine your mouth regularly- Your dentist and hygienist see you only a few times a year, but you can examine your mouth weekly to look for changes that might be of concern.
- Visit the dentist office regularly- Discuss with your dentist how often you should be seen. If you are on medications, a diabetic or prone to cavities he/she may suggest you visit the dentist more often than just a couple of times a year.