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You may feel that nagging pain and know what the issue is, but the idea of even picking up the phone to call a dentist is just too overwhelming. If you are like 75 percent of the adult population, fear of going to the dentist is something that you have to reckon with every time you get a toothache. Unfortunately, a lot of the fear that is associated with dental visits will come from painful or alarming experiences you had as a child. If you know about this all too well, there are a few things you can do to conquer those childhood fears that have taken root in your own psyche. Look for a Dentist That utilizes a Different Approach Because of the sheer volume of full-grown adults who are afraid of dentists, many of these professionals have taken strides to help make the dental office experience different. Using an array of behavioral techniques, dentists are working hard to help people feel more comfortable when they find their way into their office. You may find a few different out-of-the-ordinary practices like: Offering a comfortable atmosphere with low lighting and soft music Providing patients with distracting cognitive stimulation, like TV in the dentist’s chair or earphones The incorporation of breathing techniques during certain procedures, such as extractions or even exams Dentists that offer these practices are usually not hard to find because they will get a lot of positive feedback within the community. However, if you do not know of an office right off, call a few local dentists like William J Guthrie DDS PC that advertise offerings of a relaxing and comfortable dental experience. Consider Peer-to-Peer Therapy Sessions Therapy can be an effective tool to help overcome all kinds of phobias and fears. If you feel like it is overkill to hire a therapist just to help you feel better about going to the dentist, you can get help for your problem through peer-to-peer therapy. Support groups for people who fear medical settings in general are easy to find. If you are having an issue finding one already formulated, call up a few friends and get together on your own. It will not be difficult to find people in the same situation as you. Together, you can work to find the root of your dental fears, talk about resolutions, and even go to appointments together to make things a little easier. The worst thing you can do for the health of your smile is to let dental fears keep you from getting oral care when you need it. Be sure you take the appropriate steps to find a resolution that works for you so you can maintain a healthy...

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Regular fluoride treatments are an effective defense against tooth decay, and dentists usually recommend routine dental cleaning using fluoride to protect teeth against bacteria that corrodes tooth enamel and for the development of strong, healthy teeth. Fluoride is naturally found in food and drinking water, but in insufficient quantities to prevent tooth decay, which is why fluoride treatments are sometimes required. Exposure to fluoride makes tooth enamel more resistant to acid, keeping tooth decay and cavities at bay while also reversing tooth corrosion that has already taken place. Types of fluoride There are two types of fluoride that can help protect your teeth against tooth decay. The first type is known as ‘systemic’ fluoride, and is found naturally in food and water although it can also be prescribed by a dentist in form of fluoride supplements. Foods rich in this type of fluoride include meats, cheese and nuts, while your local water supply will most probably provide fluoridated water which washes over your teeth as you drink to protect against tooth decay. Use of systemic fluoride supplements should be supervised by a dentist, as an overdose can result in fluorosis which causes white spots to form on the surface of your teeth. If you are at risk of tooth decay, you can purchase at-home fluoride supplements at your local drug store or talk to your dentist about a treatment plan that works for you. ‘Topical’ fluoride is the second type, and it is found in dental products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. Every time you brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste or mouth wash, fluoride soaks into teeth enamel, making them more resistant to decay. Dentists also use fluoride products to strengthen your teeth during routine dental cleanings. How to know if you need special fluoride treatment Drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth regularly using fluoride toothpaste is considered sufficient to protect your teeth against tooth decay. However, poor dental hygiene, infrequent dental visits and poor diet habits such as taking too much sugar can increase your risk of getting tooth decay. If you have a history of tooth cavities or are taking medication that causes your mouth to dry, you should talk to your dentist about a fluoride treatment plan that will strengthen and protect your teeth against bacteria. You may also require prescription fluoride supplements if you wear orthodontic appliances such as crowns or braces that trap a lot of bacteria, or have receded gums that allow bacteria to attack your teeth...

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