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It is Time: Know When to Meet your Dentist

Dental Visits in Orange CountyDental visits are among the types of visits that people in Orange County often take for granted, if not push back until forgotten. However, there are times when an appointment with your dentist should be prioritized.

Kurt Schneider, DDS shares five signs that it is time to pay your dentist that long overdue visit.

  1. Toothache

A toothache is the most obvious sign that it is time to see your dentist, even after it has passed. The fact that your teeth are aching says a lot about the condition of your teeth. If your toothache gets better after a day or two, still pay you dentist a visit. While the pain has gone, the infection might not have.

  1. Inflamed gums

Inflamed gums can be caused by brushing harshly or a symptom of other diseases. If you have swollen and/or bleeding gums, and has a family history of gum problems, seeing your dentist should be done immediately.

  1. Sensitivity to food

Unable to enjoy food with varying temperatures (too hot or too cold) should be a wake-up call for you. This is the first sign that your teeth is filled with cavities and is nearing (or has reached) the middle where your nerves are located. Thus the sensitivity and eventual pain. Book an appointment and immediately get your cavities filled.

  1. Jaw pain

Having a painful jaw whenever you swallow or when you open and close your mouth is also a sign that there is something wrong with your mouth. There are a lot of possible causes of jaw pain and your dentist should be able to properly diagnose it with early tests and scans.

  1. Mouth sores

Mouth sores that last a week or longer should be brought to the attention of your dentist. Regardless of the type of mouth sores, one has, such abnormalities are signs of other diseases of infections in the mouth.

Experiencing at least one of these signs? What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and set an appointment with your resident Orange County dentist now.

New Study Finds That You Can Watch Your Dental Fears Away

Dental AnxietyOdontophobia, or dental anxiety, affects 5 to 10 percent of adults, preventing them from seeking dental treatment due to their fear. Dentists attempt to counteract this by adopting procedures that calm down patients, applying a generally more sympathetic approach to the act of sitting on a dentist’s chair. More than soothing words or anaesthesia, a new way of helping patients overcome odontophobia has emerged, and it is the most ‘in keeping with the times’ yet.

Digital Intervention

Video presentations are now helping patients conquer their uneasiness and anxiety. Teeth whitening dentists from Liverpool say that the video-based ‘dental anxiety intervention’, which was developed by psychologists from Temple University in the U.S., eases patients’ feelings of loss of control by showing them videos of the procedure they are about to undergo, peppered with encouraging statements throughout.

Professor Richard Heimberg, the developer of the video-based procedure, cites Rebecca Clay and her study published in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology magazine, and how it inspired his clinic to refine the presented techniques which included cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation therapy, medication, acupuncture, hypnosis, musical distraction and gradual exposure.

The Watchlist

Heimberg describes the three videos his ‘dental anxiety intervention’ requires. The first shows a dentist performing the procedure, accompanied by an animated graphic explaining it. The second is a close-up video of a patient’s face during a dentist’s therapeutic conversation, helping the patients translate their anxiety into positive, relatable thoughts. Finally, the video patient provides a voice-over for the actual patient during the procedure for them to develop ‘coping thoughts’.

The video-based procedure proved effective in the trials Prof. Heimberg’s team conducted. Among the 151 odontophobic patients studied, the team noted a significant, long-lasting reduction in anxiety. A follow-up observation even discovered that a number of trial patients had let go of their phobia entirely.

Particular triggers of odontophobia vary with each person, but Prof. Heimberg’s new video-based method may just be the simplest, most effective and digitally familiar solution.

When You Should be Concerned about Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal in West JordanWhen you take a closer look inside your mouth, you will usually find 8 premolars and 8 molars. Those who have successfully erupted wisdom teeth have a total of 12 molars (two at each end of their upper and lower teeth).

As you may have noticed, the keywords here are “successfully erupted.” The reason behind the emphasis of this term is because not everyone gets their wisdom teeth while many others have problems when it comes to the growing out of their wisdom teeth.

Knowing when and why you should be concerned about these teeth at the very back of your molar can help you prevent discomfort, even pain and oral health problems in the long run. Here are some examples you should be concerned when your wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly or cause problems.

Partial eruption

When these teeth break through the gums only partially due to lack of space in your gums, they can lead to the creation of gum tissue growing over them. This flap is more prone to trapping food, which can then cause gun infections.

Crookedness/wrong direction

Another issue is when these teeth grow out crookedly or growing out of the wrong direction.

Not enough room in your jaw

Some people do not have jaws big enough to accommodate a total of 32 teeth. When you have too small a jawbone, your wisdom teeth may not break through (erupt) through the gums, causing “impaction.”

When do problems develop with wisdom teeth?

The only time wisdom teeth do not cause any problems is when they are healthy, which means they have erupted successfully and have grown out of their proper locations.

When they do not, you should take it as a sign to be concerned. According to Oralsurgeoninutah.com, have a wisdom teeth removal in West Jordan as soon as you can to prevent further problems such as infections and inflammations.