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How To Overcome Dental Phobia

It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 8 percent of adults suffer from dental phobia. Bad past experiences, pain, and embarrassment are some of the reasons that people have dental phobia. Some people’s phobia is so bad that it will stop them from going to the dentist, even if dental work is clearly needed. Fortunately, there are things that people can do to overcome dental phobia.

Find the Right Dentist

Because bad experiences with past dentists can contribute to dental phobia, it is important for you to find the right one for you. There are several ways that you can find the right dentist, the first being to ask your family members and friends. You can also look at the local listings, and check the reviews.

You should make sure that you feel comfortable with the dentist before you have any work done. Centreville Dentistry can take care of your dental needs. They will strive to make sure that your visit to the dentist is a pleasant one.

Communicate Your Fears

If you are feeling nervous in the dental office, then this is something that you will need to let your dentist know. They can help you manage your fears. If you let your dentist know exactly why you are afraid, then they will know exactly what needs to be done to keep you calm.

Bring Someone With You

It may be helpful to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment. You should ask the dentist if your loved one can stay with you during the procedure. Having company through the procedure can help keep you calm, especially if the person with you has good experiences at the dentist.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Seeing a dentist for cleanings and examinations can be a stressful experience. However, going to the dentist regularly can help you overcome your fears. Cleanings and examinations can also prevent you from having to undergo extensive dental work. The possibility of having to undergo a serious dental procedure is what scares many people about going to the dentist.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation exercises can help calm you down. Taking deep breaths and letting them out slowly can help you relax during your procedure. Deep breathing helps slow down your heart rate and relax your muscles.

Ask Your Dentist to Stop

If a procedure is really uncomfortable, then you can ask your dentist to stop. The dentist can let you take a break. They may also continue the procedure another day.

Use Distractions

Distractions can take your mind off of the treatment that you are getting. Playing with a stress ball and listening to music are some of the ways that you can distract yourself. You can also watch a funny video before you get your procedure.

Seek the Help of a Psychologist

If you still fear the dentist, then you should see a psychologist. A psychologist can address the underlying issues that are contributing to your fears.

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The Ultimate Impacts Sugar Has on Teeth

Dentists and families have told us for years to avoid sugar because it promotes tooth decay. The World Health Organization and the US Government both issue recommendations to help us limit our sugar intake. The reason for these recommendations is to give us a reasonable expectation of the level of sugar intake we should scale down to for our health. Dental health is more a part of that than most people realize.

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How to Care for Your Dentures

Oral care doesn’t stop just because you have lost some or all of your teeth. Maintaining clean and well cared for dentures is a very important part of keeping your mouth, gums, and throat healthy also. Most dentures are made out of a plastic called polymethyl methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, and need to be taken care of in a much different manner than teeth. Always make sure that you check with your dentist, but there are some general tips that everyone should be aware of for proper denture care. (more…)

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What Are the Signs of TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joints pain, or TMJ, is medically referred to as TMD, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These joints are located that the side of your head and make up your Jaw bone. These joints control the way you chew, speak and yawn. When these joints are not working properly, TMD occurs. This can cause a great amount of pain since these joints affect all area of your face. This disorder can also inhibit the ability to communicate effectively and can cause many challenges in the workplace and society if left untreated. (more…)

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What Qualities Should the Ideal Family Dentist Have?

Going to the dentist isn’t always the most pleasant experience, particularly for young kids. It’s common for children to have a fear of the dentist, and for a pretty good reason—dentists work with one of the most sensitive areas of the body and not every dentist is conscientious of their needs. What qualities should you look for in a family dentist? One that not only works with your children, but also with you? (more…)

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The Top 4 Reasons Why You’re Having a Toothache

Toothaches are a very common affliction, and pain can range from mild to very severe and even debilitating. It’s important to watch out for fevers, headaches and earaches, pain when opening the mouth wide, and toothaches that last more than a day or two. Your dentist or doctor may have to refer you to a specialist for further care if the treatment is beyond their abilities. (more…)

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10 Worst Behaviors for Teeth

Teeth are something we often take for granted. We do our best to care for them within the constraints of the rest of our day, forget half the recommendations our dentist makes until we have to make a dental appointment, and don’t pay attention to the damage we’re doing.

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The Benefits of Mouthguards!

You may be wondering why your coach or dentist has recommended a mouthguard if you or your child is involved in sports or activities. A mouthguard does just what the name says.

mouthguards protect the mouth by providing a soft but sturdy covering over the teeth. This can save the teeth, tongue, cheeks, face and lips from injury during impact or intense activities by providing extra cushion. (more…)

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