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Dental fear ranges from the just a little uncomfortable, really rather not do it, to the sweating bullets, heart pounding, paralyzing dental phobia that prevents many from getting much needed care.
Either mild or severe phobia can compromise your health. It can cause you to neglect even basic care putting your health at risk.
It is not impossible to overcome dental fear. The first step is finding a dentist and dental hygienist that you like and trust. For those who suffer from dental anxiety it is vital to find caring dental professionals who have the patience and skills to help you. Read this article for help making this important choice.
For some, sedation may be needed. Some types of sedation can be expensive, but others are quite affordable and can take the edge off your anxiety and help you relax. There are sedation choices for every situation and budget. This article explains these options in more detail and includes a video to inspire you.
It's easier to just stay away from the dentist. Take the path of least resistance. If nothing hurts, assume everything is fine.
But you shouldn't wait until a toothache wakes you up in the middle of the night.
Because dental care is not just about having pretty teeth that don't hurt.
Good dental health could improve your overall health and even prolong your life.
I once heard of a study that showed people who keep all their teeth live an average of ten years longer than those who don't....ten years!
That's a long time.
The link between chronic inflammation and many diseases is becoming more and more important and is getting a lot of attention in the medical community.
Healthy, inflammation-free gums are more important than ever before.
We can't control everything that impacts our health. Genetics, stress and environmental factors all have a role and are much harder to change.
But, everyone can improve the health of their teeth and gums reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.
I have seen many overcome mild or severe fear. It takes time. Bad dental memories are never forgotten and shouldn't be minimized. If a dentist mistreated you it was wrong. I'm so sorry. Here are some suggestions for easing your anxiety.
Are you afraid of dentists? Now's your chance to vent about what annoys you.
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I will be happy to give you some ideas that will improve your time in the dental chair and decrease your fear.
Dentistry has changed a lot in the last few years. The dental office is not the scary place you remember.