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Dentophobia

Врач-стоматолог Инна Диденко 03/04/2017

How to overcome the fear of visiting dentists?

Many people have a fear of visiting a dentist. The fear of any dental interventions is called “dentophobia”. People with such a phobia seek help only in extreme cases, when the pain is unbearable, and anesthetic doesn’t help, or when there are no teeth left at all. First of all, you need to find the reason wich causes this fear, and there is a big ammount of them. Let us analyze some of them.

Reason # 1: Curing your teeth is painful

Once having received a painful experience in the treatment of teeth, mostly in childhood, there is a fear of painful feelings in the dent armchair. In the 90’s the injections of an anesthetic wasn’t wide used, or the injected anesthetic did not give the proper effect of anesthesia, so you had to endure.As for now, drugs which are used used for anesthesia in dentistry, block the generation and conduct of nerve impulses, what makes the treatment painless. For injections of anesthesia, there are used very thin needles, what in conjunction with the doctor’s skill makes this procedure absolutely painless. Therefore to overcome your fear, you can come to a doctor’s consultation and find out everything about the drugs that he uses in his practice, also reach an agreement about a warning sign (often a left-handed rise) which will signal your painful sensations, and the doctor will immediately stop the manipulation . Perhaps the doctor will offer to wait some more time to give the drug an effect, or increase the dose of anesthetic. The doctor, as well as you, is interested in the maximum comfortable atmosphere during the treatment. Do not be shy to tell the doctor what exactly you are afraid of, he will treat with understanding and tell the whole process of treatment step-by-step. If this can not help you, ask your dentist about sedation.

Reason # 2: Being ashamed of your teeth

Avoidance of regular checks for some reasons rapidly deteriorates the condition of your teeth. If you think that you will be convicted or you may shock your dentist by the condition of your teeth, you are completely wrong. Your oral cavity is not special, the doctor every day faces people with infectious, fungal, bacterial processes in the oral cavity, and with acute pain requiring immediate treatment. The profession of a dentist involves a professional integrated assessment, and ways of eliminating problems of any complexity. Only the doctor diagnoses the stage of the disease and find the individual correct treatment.

Reason # 3: It’s expensive

Indeed, dental services are not cheap, but the more difficult is the situation, the more expensive is the treatment. This issue can be solved. On the consultation the doctor will make a plan of treatment and announce its cost. Explain that at the moment you do not have the financial ability to cure all the teeth at once, and you want to treat gradually. Make a schedule of visits,and even if  the road to healthy and beautiful teeth will take more than one month, after the treatment you will be satisfied with yourself and your smile. The dentist will start treatment with those teeth that require the most rapid intervention,and then will continue on schedule. The main thing is to start!

 

People are prone to be afraid. All fears have their own cause, and for each of them there is a method of struggle. Do not let them to take a possession of you and to stymie you. Remember that doctors wish you only good!

Oral Care

Врач-стоматолог Инна Диденко 03/04/2017

Since ancient times, a beautiful smile was considered an indicator of human health. But how to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy? First of all, you need to pay due attention to brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth with a toothbrush with a paste followed in the morning and evening after eating, in order to remove the remnants of food and soft plaque from the surface of the teeth. It would seem a simple procedure, but some people make mistakes, and in this case, brushing your teeth becomes ineffective, or even damaging the enamel. Incorrectly selected rigid toothbrush in combination with horizontal movements during cleaning, contributes to the appearance of a so-called wedge-shaped defect, characterized by the formation of a defect in the region of the tooth’s neck, a wedge-shaped shape, located more often on the canines and premolars.

What movements need to be done with a brush while brushing your teeth?

  •  By placing the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees with respect to the external surface of the teeth, sweeping movements are made in the direction from the gum, in the same way movements are made from the inner (oral) surface of the tooth both on the upper and lower jaws.
  • When cleaning the frontal group of teeth (incisors, fangs) from the inner surface, the toothbrush is positioned vertically and makes movements in the direction from the gums on both jaws.
  • For cleaning the masticatory surface of premolars and molars, the brush is placed horizontally, moving forward-backward.
  • Circumference by brush, on the vestibular (external) surface of the teeth with closed jaws.

Do not forget to cleanse the tongue, because on its surface a plaque is formed. The tongue is cleaned as a special coating on the side without the bristles of the toothbrush, or by special scrapers having a flatter shape, such scrapers are suitable for people with a pronounced emetic reflex.

The interdental spaces are cleaned with floss (dental floss). Taking the thread with both hands, wind its edges on the index or middle fingers, leaving a small gap between them. With the thumbs of both hands, tighten the thread, and then insert into each interdental space performing movements from the inside outwards.

At the end of the procedure for cleaning teeth, you need to use a rinse aid. With its help, you clean the oral cavity of bacterial plaque, and food debris. To date, there are a large number of mouthwashes that are involved in the prevention and treatment of certain dental diseases (bleeding and inflammation of the gums, sensitivity of teeth, etc.). The necessary amount of rinse aid is put into the mouth, and rinse with intensive movements for about 30 seconds, then spit, and do not rinse the mouth with water.

By following these simple rules of hygiene, your teeth and gums will stay healthy for a long time!

 

Is it necessary to heal temporary child’s teeth ?

Врач-стоматолог Инна Диденко 13/03/2017

Sooner or later, each parent asks the question “Should the temporary teeth be treated child’s teeth?”, Reinforcing this by replacing them with permanent ones, and there is no need to expose the child to painful manipulations and to stress himself. But often a simple ignorance of the consequences leads to diseases of the oral cavity of the child both in a changeable bite and in a permanent bite. An untreated tooth becomes the focus of a chronic infection that spreads to both adjacent teeth and to surrounding tissues (the gum, the bone in which the tooth is located).
As the children’s caries run, parents are already treated with such child complaints as pain.

Toothache causes a lot of inconvenience to both the child and parents. Adults and children should undergo a preventive checkup every six months at the dentist, because it is easier to cure tooth decay at the initial stage, when there is no cavity in the tooth yet, than to fight more serious, than to fight more serious diseases.

Healthy and strong teeth, perform some functions:

  • Quality of chewing food. 

Without teeth chewing food becomes difficult, and with sick teeth it is sometimes impossible, the child often refuses to eat. Unprocessed food clot constantly injures the walls of the esophagus and stomach, which causes diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Untimely treatment leads to periodontitis (suppuration of the tooth) and infects the rudiment of a permanent tooth, which is already in the bone and waiting for its turn. Such a tooth erupts already with a carious cavity, or dies. Infected teeth cause frequent laryngitis, joint and heart disease, because the immune system of the child is not able to cope with a constant infection in the body.

  • Formation of speech and correct diction.

It is very important for the child to receive communication skills.

  • Temporary teeth retain a place for a permanent ones.

If the “milk” tooth is removed too early, it results in the displacement of a number of standing teeth, and there is no longer a place for a permanent tooth. This is how the crowding of teeth develops, and the deformation of the whole dento-jaw system. In the future, the treatment of the orthodontist will be required, which becomes complicated and expensive.

It is better to investigate the disease than to deal with the consequences!

Brushing your teeth should begin right after eruption. Firstly, gauze wetted with boiled water, then a special brush, which is put on the finger of the parent. When a child can do this self-sufficiency, it is important to teach him to brush his teeth correctly using baby toothpaste, and rinse his mouth after every meal.

Health to you and your child!