Here are a few tips on better dental care.
Want to learn how you can take better care of your teeth? Down below we have a few tips and tricks on how you can better maintain your dental health.
1) Visit your dentist every 6mths(remember that prevention is better than cure!).
2) Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
3) Floss daily.
4) Replace your toothbrush at the earliest sign of wear(this manifests through bending and flattening of the bristles).
5) Maintain a healthy diet.
6) Keep hydrated throughout the day.
7) Don’t smoke.
8) Do not use a lot of toothpaste(a pea size is recommended).Otherwise you end up causing abrasion on your teeth with subsequent sensitivity.
2. Cigarette Smoking and Dental Health.
It has been proven that smoking leads to many diseases in the oral cavity. One such is gum disease. Smoking causes damage to the attachment of bone and soft tissue to the teeth. This tend to make smokers more susceptible in the long run to mobile teeth and times tooth loss.
Smoking also reduces blood flow to the gums which tends to interfere with healing after any surgical procedure in the mouth. Other consequences of smoking includes;
1) Stained teeth
2)Inflammation of the salivary glands opening
3)Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
4)Increased risk of leukoplakia (white patches inside the mouth
5)lower rate of success of dental implants
6)Increased risk of developing oral cancer
3. Dental Anxiety and Phobia.
Dental phobia is a more serious condition. It’s an intense fear or dread. People with dental phobia aren’t merely anxious. They are terrified or panic stricken. People with dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. Avoiding the dentist may have emotional costs as well. Discolored or damaged teeth can make people self-conscious and insecure. They may smile less or keep their mouths partly closed when they speak.
Some people can become so embarrassed about how their teeth look that their personal and professional lives begin to suffer. There is often a serious loss of self-esteem. People with dental phobia also may suffer from poorer health in general, and even lower life expectancy. This is because poor oral health has been found to be related to some life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease and lung infections. There are varying degrees of dental anxiety and phobia.
At the extreme, a person with dental phobia may never see a dentist. Others may force themselves to go, but they may not sleep the night before. It’s not uncommon for people to feel sick — or, in some cases, to actually get sick — while they’re in the waiting room. Dental phobia, like other mental disorders, can be treated. Without treatment, dental phobia is likely to get worse over time. That’s partly because emotional stress can make dental visits more uncomfortable than they need to be.
People who are unusually tense tend to have a lower pain threshold. This means they may feel pain at lower levels than other people. They may need extra anesthetic or other pain treatments. They may even develop stress-related problems in other parts of the body. For example, they may have headaches or muscle stiffness in the neck or back.
4. Causes of Dental Anxiety and Phobia.
People develop dental anxieties and phobias for many different reasons. When researchers interview patients, however, a few common themes emerge.
1. Pain — In a survey of people who had not seen a dentist for 12 months, 6% reported fear of pain as the main reason. The fear of pain is most common in adults 24 years and older. This may be because their early dental visits happened before many of the advances in “pain-free” dentistry.
2. Feelings of helplessness and loss of control — Many people develop phobias about situations — such as flying in an airplane — in which they feel they have no control. When they’re in the dental chair, they have to stay still. They may feel they can’t see what’s going on or predict what’s going to hurt. It’s common for people to feel helpless and out of control, which may trigger anxiety.
3. Embarrassment — The mouth is an intimate part of the body. People may feel ashamed or embarrassed to have a stranger looking inside. This may be a particular problem if they’re self-conscious about how their teeth look. Dental treatments also require physical closeness. During a treatment, the hygienist’s or dentist’s face may be just a few inches away. This can make people anxious and uncomfortable.
4. Negative past experiences — Anyone who has had pain or discomfort during previous dental procedures is likely to be more anxious the next time around.
There isn’t a clear boundary that separates “normal” anxiety from phobia. Everyone has fears and concerns and copes with them in different ways. However, the prospect of dental work does not need to fill you with terror. If it does, then you may need some help overcoming the fears.
Some of the signs of dental phobia include:
1) You feel tense or have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
2) You get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
3)You feel like crying when you think of going to the dentist. The sight of dental instruments — or of white-coated personnel in the dentist’s office — increases your anxiety.
4)The thought of a dental visit makes you feel physically ill.
5) You panic or have trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment
If this describes you, you need to tell your dentist about your feelings, concerns and fears. He or she will help you overcome these feelings by changing the way you are treated. You also may be referred to a mental health professional.