More than 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors. Despite advances in the treatment of oral cancer, the five-year survival rate in Canada is only 62 percent – a marginal improvement in survival over the last several decades. The problem is that many oral cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages.
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. . .