Monthly Archives: September 2013

How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

Written by : Posted on September 20, 2013 : Comments Off on How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments. They are under the impression that the dental treatment is painful but majority of the dental treatments are not painful at all. dental anxiety

 

Some people even put off routine dental care for years or even decades. This may result in gum infection (periodontal disease), pain, or even broken and unsightly teeth.

 

Discolored or damaged teeth can make people self-conscious and insecure. They tend to 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, resulting in a serious loss of self-esteem.

People with dental anxiety 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.

Below are a few tips that can help with managing and overcoming dental anxiety:

 

  1. Don’t wait to visit the dentist until you are in pain.
  2. Always tell your dentist and the dental office staff about your dental anxiety starting with your first phone call to the dental office.
  3. Consider being put to sleep with general anesthesia, taking a medication like valium, or using laughing gas (nitrous oxide).
  4. An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure so practice good oral hygiene with daily brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash like Listerine.
  5. Try not to pass on your dental anxiety to your children.

 

There is a very high possibility that the experiences at a dentist office might not have been pleasant in the past creating a persistent fear of dental treatment. Although picking a right dentist who understands this and helps to manage and overcome this anxiety can help lead to a better dental health and healthier life.

Please feel free come visit us at Bliss Dental and we will help you manage and overcome your dental anxiety.

How to Prepare for Dental Emergencies

Written by : Posted on September 5, 2013 : Comments Off on How to Prepare for Dental Emergencies

If you experience a dental emergency, you should go to the dental office for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. However, immediately after a dental injury occurs, you can take numerous steps to increase the likelihood of a successful recovery. You should be prepared to take these steps by having a dental first aid kit ready at all times.  

Immediately after a dental injury occurs, you can take numerous steps to increase the likelihood of a successful recovery.

Preparing a Dental First Aid Kit

To assemble a first aid kit for dental emergencies, you can assemble several familiar items that will help you treat a facial injury or an injury to your teeth. Many of the items in a dental first aid kit will be the same as those in a regular first aid kit, but others are specifically meant to help with dental injuries. Special items can include:

  • A small cup to store a dislodged tooth
  • Toothpaste or denture adhesive to help secure a loose or dislodged filling
  • Mouthwash to disinfect injured tissues
  • Gauze to stop bleeding

If a tooth is dislodged, place it in the small cup with water or milk and get to the dental office as soon as possible. If the tooth is set back in the socket promptly, there is a chance it might recover. Fillings or crowns that fall out should be replaced as soon as possible.

Preventing Dental Injuries

Facial and dental injuries are common but are often preventable. If you take precautions to reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies, you might save yourself a trip to the dentist.

Some of the most common causes of dental injuries include:

  • Contact sports
  • Slips and falls
  • Vehicle accidents

You can help reduce your chances of suffering from a dental injury by wearing a mouthguard while playing sports, avoiding uneven, wet, or icy surfaces while walking, and by wearing a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle. If, however, you do suffer an injury to your mouth or teeth, treat it with emergency first aid and see our dentist, Dr. Sweta Sheth as soon as possible.