Dentistry

Overcoming Dental Anxiety In Sutton

15th June, 2018

Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on however as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health.

Overcoming Mild Dental Anxiety

Mild dental anxiety is discomfort and nervousness at the dentist It can be treated in a number of ways.

Talking to your dentist

Talking to your dentist is the first step to overcoming your dental fears. Make sure your dentist understands your exact fears and work with them to make your appointment as relaxed as possible by taking breaks and letting them put you at ease. Here at Ninety 2 Dental we aim to make patients feel happy and comfortable, If you are a nervous patient we will be happy to allocate extra time for appointments as we want to make the dental surgery a calm, relaxing environment for you. We want you to remember you are in control, During treatment if you would like us to stop you can simply raise your hand whether it be because you need more anaesthesia, want to rinse, or simply need a break.

Practicing breathing techniques

Controlled breathing relaxes your body and shifts your focus to other things in order to preoccupy your mind. This is fantastic when you are at the dentist as you can avoid a lot of discomfort and anxiety. The easiest breathing techniques simply involve inhaling and exhaling through your nose for a slow count of three – so three seconds breathing in followed by three seconds breathing out. This technique is particularly useful as it also overcomes the breathing issues many of us feel when things are in our mouth.

Using relaxation techniques

There are a number of relaxation techniques that may work for you. You could bring music into your appointment with you, ask to have your favourite radio station on or just have the nurse chatting to you about something. Different relaxation and distraction techniques work for different people so try and find something that will work well for you.

Counselling

You can receive counselling for your phobia. This will aim to look at the root causes of your phobia and will try to work through it so that you can move beyond it. Counselling is free on the NHS for severe phobias and helps hundreds of people.

If your a nervous patient and would like more information on how we can help please click the link below to see our website page Nervous Patient Programme or simply call a member of our team on 0208 337 1168

http://www.ninety2dental.co.uk/sutton-surrey-dental-nervouspatient.html

When To Brush Your Teeth In The Morning



This is one of the basic and most controversial topic among people, among dentists and among those who study dentistry. When do people brush their teeth in the morning? Before or after breakfast?

My take on this –
I always suggest to brush your teeth as soon as you wake up, before breakfast. Its of no use if you are brushing your teeth after you finish your breakfast.

Here are the reasons why –

  1. Your saliva production is the least when you sleep, and thats when the bacterial colonies start forming.
  2. During the day time, your mouth is usually active and a rinse after breakfast is enough, as saliva too is produced for care of the teeth.
  3. If you don’t brush your teeth just after waking up, and have your breakfast, the bacteria present on the teeth gets more carbohydrates to breakdown, and causes more attack on the oral tissues instead.

A very important point to be noted and remembered by everyone –
Acidic foods and drinks, such as oranges, grapefruit and fruit juices that are often eaten at breakfast time, soften the enamel on your teeth.

Brushing immediately afterward wears the enamel away, and can cause dental erosion, which may lead to pain and extreme sensitivity in the teeth, and also lead to cosmetic problems.

It still depends on how you look on it, and how you try to maintain good oral hygiene. Some people suggest and practice brushing before and after the breakfast which again isn’t always beneficial. Its good when you have a mild non-acidic food.

Replacing Missing Teeth With Dentures In Sutton



Whether you like dentures or not if you haven’t looked after your oral health over the years, you may find yourself having to choose them

Now for some people in Sutton its hard to see the appeal of dentures however over years of dental development in the way they have been designed and the materials used, they look more natural than ever.

Dentures are the cheapest option when it comes to replacing missing teeth, and now with the aid of the mini-implant they stay in the mouth very rigidly.

More and more people are turning to dentures because of the shift in how they are manufactured and also because they are easy to manage.

If you are considering dentures and would like information on your options and mini implants then please contact Ninety 2 Dental on 0208 337 1168