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Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety


Dental anxiety is a term used to describe many types of dental fears and worries. Most people experience some level of dental anxiety when they visit the dentist, especially if they are having something they’ve never had done before.


Dentists have a lot of experience in dealing with people who are anxious or phobic. It’s important to let your dentist know if you are anxious about dental treatment as they can help you feel as comfortable as possible.


The causes of dental fears are most often caused by bad experiences at a dental practice. Hearing other people’s frightening stories can have a similar effect. 


For some people, fear of the dentist is a mild explanation for how they feel. These people may have dental phobia, which can prevent them from having even regular check-ups. A person with a dental phobia will avoid dental care at all costs until severe pain or a major problem gives them no choice. It’s difficult to define dental phobia because dental fear may feel just as frightening as a real phobia. Lots of people view themselves as having a phobia when they in fact have fear. Dental Phobia is used for any feeling of dread at the thought of dentists or even anything related to dentistry.


There are a few things patients can try in order to make their dental experience a bit more bearable.

Relaxation techniques
- Deep breathing
- Progressive relaxation (relaxing each muscle consciously from the toes to the head)
Bring an iPod 
- Having something else to concentrate on may help you relax and pay less attention to what is going on in the dental chair
Don’t arrive too early
- Nobody likes late patients but coming to your dental appointment too early just means more time in the waiting room. Show up exactly on time to limit the time spent in the waiting area


Overcoming a fear of the dentist can be difficult however; developing a trust with your dentist will help make those fears eventually evaporate. 


Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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Fluoride

Fluoride


Fluoride is a mineral which is found in food, water, plants and toothpaste. The fluoride in toothpaste prevents decay in teeth and helps harden the enamel of a tooth.


Fluoride in toothpaste is extremely helpful because it:


Limits tooth decay in adults and children
Repairs weak spots that become holes in the teeth
Reduces money spent on expensive dental treatments
Reduces discomfort and pain caused by decay


Fluoride varnish can be applied to children’s teeth professionally by their dentist and is usually recommended twice per year. This varnish contains highly concentrated fluoride and reduces teeth from suffering decay, requiring fillings and it can re-mineralise tooth surfaces. Adults can also have the varnish applied by their dentist if they are at a higher risk of decay.


Fluoride provides extraordinary benefits to teeth and getting the right amount can protect the teeth of children and adults for years to come.



Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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