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The Dreaded Date with the Dentist

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For many, a scheduled annual or biannual dentist visit is not on their calendars. And It’s not an oversight. The American Dental Association reports that a 2018 survey conducted by Adults Oral Health and Well Being revealed 42% of Americans do not regularly go to the dentist. This percentage was higher than it was for all other types of physicians, including primary care doctors and ophthalmologists.

So why do so many people avoid the ritual of lying back in a chair with their mouths wide open while having their teeth and gums picked and prodded? Well, it turns out there are several common reasons.
Some people are acutely aware of the extent of dental work they need and are not willing to go through the required procedures due to the anticipated pain and expense. Others claim they are simply too busy to sit in the dental chair.
Do you have a not-so-pleasant memory of a dentist visit either as a child, teen, or adult? If so, you will understand why a previously bad experience at the dentist office is the main reason for keeping people away. Painful procedures and seemingly being scolded by the dentist or his assistant are engraved in the memories of thousands, and most people aren’t eager to re-experience those events.
However, the number one result of a traumatic dental experience is dentophobia. What’s that you ask? It is an intense fear of visiting the dentist or receiving dental care. It can also be referred to as dental anxiety, dental fear, or dental phobia. Dentophobian(or odontophobia) is common among people of all ages, and it can be categorized as mild or severe.
Those with severe dentophobia might be fearful of needles or other dentistry tools, the dentist himself, the pain often associated with a dentist visit, sounds or smells at the dentist office, or the feeling of gagging or numbness.
Thankfully, this type of phobia is treatable and, in fact, can lead to other physical difficulties if left untreated. It is recommended that a mental health professional be consulted to help calm these fears. It’s also important to search for a dentist who makes you feel comfortable and can ease your fears.

Mouth Health

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We all know that our dental hygienists clean and polish our teeth. X-rays are also included in an initial dental visit. But what exactly does the family dentist do? Besides the occasional root canal and filling a cavity, the general practitioner can diagnose and treat gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay. One of the lesser known and important roles of the dentist is that they screen for oral cancers.
Cancer can develop in several areas of the mouth. Lips, cheeks, salivary glands, the mandibular, and the tongue are all places where dentists check for patches, lumps, or abnormalities.
Regular trips to the dentist may be scary for some, but they are an important part of maintaining good physical health.

A Beautiful Smile

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Smiling is a way of communicating happiness and friendliness. When you smile, it lets others know that you are approachable. A simple smile can result in positive outcomes. Here are just a few:
  1. Improved mood. Mood is a physiological response to the muscle movement and endorphins released when you smile. Your brain interprets the act of smiling as being happy.
  2. Look younger. A 2016 study proved that sometimes we are indeed judged by our looks. People who had a perceived frown were said to look older, while those with smiling faces appeared to be younger than their actual age.
  3. Conflict Resolution. Conflict can often be reduced with a smile. When someone is upset or frustrated and you offer a smile, it can make that person feel more comfortable. They may be more willing to converse in a non-argumentative manner.
Your self-confidence is profoundly influenced by your smile. A beautiful smile can make you more attractive (to yourself and to others). It can also make you appear trustworthy and easy to talk to.
So what if your smile is not so beautiful? People often feel the need to hide their smiles when they are missing teeth, have visible stains, or have crooked teeth. Someone with an imperfect smile is less likely to show it off, which gives the perception that they are unfriendly or maybe uncaring.
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