Addressing Oral Health-Related Stress

Maintaining oral health is a necessity for all people. Your dental hygiene is reflected every time you communicate with someone. Good oral hygiene is also attractive for most people. Also, people tend to look up to a person with a good set of teeth. 

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Unluckily, you consider yourself not one of these people blessed with a good set of teeth. You tend to obsess over your teeth and gums. You smile in the mirror almost every hour. You try to brush more often, just to see if there will be changes. You get stressed because you want to look better. What should you do to get over oral health-related stress? 

 

Consult Your Periodontist

You could be suffering from gum disease without even realizing it. Notice if your gums are constantly bleeding after brushing or if you have bad breath even after you have brushed your teeth several times. If you answered yes to these questions, then indeed you could be suffering from gum problems. 

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Your periodontist is the best professional to recommend a plan of action for oral care. Whether it is having your teeth fixed or getting your gums in check, your periodontist has the expertise to do the job. 

 

If you don’t have a periodontist yet, you can scout your in area to look for the best one for you. 

 

Seek Therapy 

If you think that you are already going overboard with stressing over your teeth and gums, you should also decide on going through therapy. Too much stress is not healthy for you. 

(Read more about stress and its effects here: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/stress/.) You tend to overthink when you’re stressed. Stress can interfere with how you live your life. Instead of being happy, you try to withdraw from social situations and events. Thus, stress also affects your relationships and interactions with other people. 

 

Try therapy to find out if you have other underlying causes for your oral health-related stress. It could be that you are also suffering from low self-esteem. You could have also suffered from traumatic incidents in your childhood. 

 

Could it be because people have mocked you because of your gums or crooked teeth? You will get to find out its effects on how you conduct yourself to others. You will be able to get past your self-consciousness with the help of your therapist. Your therapist will work with you to help you learn about your triggers and help you process your past traumatic experiences. 

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Too much stressing over your teeth and gums may have been wreaking havoc in your life. You may have passed on many opportunities in life because you think you are not good looking enough for it. A worse scenario is that you may have lost some friends because of your bad breath. Both occasions could have broken your self-esteem in half.  

 

More than seeking repair for your teeth, you should also take into consideration your emotional health to be happier and fulfilled in life. Consider therapy as an investment in yourself. 

How To Overcome Anxiety Everytime You Visit Your Dentist

Going to the dentist is not an easy feat for everybody. Some people find a dental appointment stressful, and too much to handle. In fact, between 9% to 29% of Americans avoid going to the dentist altogether. This fear makes it almost impossible to conduct any procedure on the patient.

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What Are The Main Causes Of Anxiety For Children And Adults?

 

  • Fear Of The Unknown

 

Whether you are a child or a grown-up, doing something for the first time may induce the feeling of fear in you. Sometimes, the patient may hear horror stories related to dental appointments which may cause them to associate dental appointments with something painful. 

 

Saying things like “Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt” or “Don’t be afraid” may have the opposite effect on the patient. The patient may perceive that there is a possibility of pain, and therefore, increase the fear.

 

 

  • Fear Of Pain

 

Children, especially those reaching the age of 9, start to fear the feeling of physical pain. By this time, they have a general idea of how pain feels through their past experiences, how adults describe it, and with the shows they watch. With the instruments the dentists use, mixed feelings of fear of the unknown and fear of pain may push the child or adult from seeing the dentist. 

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  • Invasion Of Personal Space

 

Most dental procedures require the dentist to come close to your face. This can cause the patient to feel uncomfortable due to the nearness and invasion of their personal space. Some may be overly conscious with their teeth appearance and breath odor.  

 

Feeling anxious or scared is just natural for anyone to experience. It is our instinct to ensure our survival since fear or anxiety may stop us from doing something that may hurt us. However, going to the dentist will not bring us harm. It is for our own good.

 

How Do You Overcome Your Anxiety For That Dreaded Dentist Appointment?

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  • To help your child overcome his or her anxiety, come to the dentist as a family. This may help in encouraging your child to face his or her fear. Your child may also realize there is nothing to be afraid of since the adults he or she looks up to are present.

 

  • For the adult, go with a friend. Going with a friend may have the same effect as a child going with the family to the dentist.

 

  • For children, changing the terminology may work. For instance, instead of saying “extraction,” say “will wiggle the tooth.” As a parent assisting your child, you may opt to consult your dentist beforehand to ask about the terms he or she uses with the younger patients.

 

  • Eat high-protein foods before going to your appointment. These kinds of foods can induce calming effects. Avoid caffeine and food high in sugar which may cause palpitation and jittery movements.

 

  • Tell yourself that having those fears and anxieties are normal, and others share the same feeling with you. Join support groups or visit https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/anxiety/ for more advice on how to take on your anxiety issues.

 

  • Lastly, having honest and open communication with your dentist is the most important. Communicate your feelings to him or her. In that way, you would be able to avoid misunderstandings and be able to compromise to have a successful dental session.

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Acknowledging your anxiety and researching ways on how to overcome it is the first step to have that perfect smile on your face.