Don't stress out over the dentist
SUMMARY: Many individuals are fearful of going to the dentist, but this can create increased risks for oral health ailments and future problems.
Posted: April 18, 2013
Everyone wants a healthy and beautiful mouth and smile, but sometimes it comes down to more than just brushing and flossing regularly to maintain that. Research has found that psychological well-being can play a role in the appearance and cleanliness of one's mouth. According to The Washington Times, it is estimated that 75 percent of adults have some level of 'dental fear,' and five to 10 percent suffer from a condition called ondontophobia. These fears can lead to oral health ailments such as halitosis, dry mouth and tooth decay.
As this is a very common problem, many dentists take extra steps to ensure the comfort of their patients while in the chair. A lot of people who claim fear as a reason to stay away from the dentist are less afraid of the pain, but more uncomfortable with the lack of control they may have. This lack of control leads to stress, which often causes dry mouth and other ailments. Instead of going down the fearful path and avoiding the dentist, oral healthcare professionals should make patients aware of the situation and explain what they are doing the whole time.
"I tell them they can leave anytime they want," dentist Jack Bynes said. "Only one has done it in 40 years. It's so they know they have control."
Many people are afraid of needles, drills and other seemingly painful things that occur while in a dentist's chair, but it's important to not let that fear get in the way of your oral health. To ease the fear of going into the office, begin with a strict regimen at home. If you're following proper oral healthcare procedures, including flossing, brushing and rinsing twice a day, every day, and maintaining a healthy diet, your mouth will stay clean and cavity-free.
It works both ways
Not maintaining dental health can also have a negative effect on a person's personality and confidence level. If you are in need of halitosis treatment, you may not feel comfortable being in close quarters with others, but there are plenty of ways to combat this ailment. First, you may want to check the products you are using to make sure there are no added ingredients causing bad breath. Anything with a drying agent, like alcohol, which is commonly used in mouthwash, may actually be causing you more harm than good. Consider switching this type of product out for a natural, alcohol-free rinse that works to balance the bacteria in your mouth.