Poor oral hygiene is linked to a range of disorders elsewhere in the body, including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease. It may even play a role in pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Anxiety about visiting a dental professional is normal. It is important to visit your dental professional on a regular basis to help properly care for your teeth but it is not unusual to have feelings of nervousness, apprehension, or anxiety related to a checkup.
There are four ways to help alleviate this anxiety:
- Don’t eat or drink caffeine or sugar before a dental appointment. They can make you feel anxious.
- Make your appointments early in the day so you feel less rushed and less stressed.
- During your appointment, think about relaxing. Breathe regularly and slowly.
- During your procedure, let your dentist know if your feeling uncomfortable by using hand signals.
Your dental professional is there to care for your teeth and to work with you to prevent problems. They want to help, so help them help you.
Q: Can Dry Mouth Cause Dental Problems?
A: When the soft tissues of the mouth are constantly dry, they can become inflamed, painful, and more susceptible to infection. Tooth decay can develop. . .