How to stop fearing the dentist

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Do you dread going to the dentist? You are not alone - 75% of adults experience some degree of dentist fear …

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Don’t hate the dentist

When last did you see a dentist? If it’s been longer than you’d like to admit, you are not alone. While 67% of people recognise the need to visit a dentist, only 42% tend to seek an appointment or advice.

The reason is because 75% of adults experience some degree of 'dentist fear'. But it’s time to face your fears and look after your beautiful smile for World Oral Health Day (20 March 2017).

Behind a beautiful smile

You wouldn’t have to fear the dentist as much if you maintain a good oral care routine. After all, prevention is better than cure.

It is estimated that 90% of the world’s population will suffer from some form of dental disease in their lifetime but, much of this could be easily be treated or prevented with a good oral care routine.

It is never too late to start taking regular care of your teeth and gums.

So how do you keep your smile sparkling?

  • Watch what you eat and drink. You could also consider taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, as they help with bone density, strengthening and keeping your teeth healthy
  • You should brush your teeth twice a day, once after breakfast and once before you go to bed, for approximately two minutes at a time, and if possible after every meal
  • Replace your toothbrush every two to five months or sooner if the bristles start wearing out
  • Do not forget to rinse and clean your toothbrush after use, and store it upright to allow it to air dry
  • Floss once a day. Flossing isn’t there to replace brushing your teeth - rather it’s a complementary method to achieving optimal dental hygiene by reaching those difficult areas that a normal toothbrush can’t reach
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash to flush out the bacteria a toothbrush cannot reach. It can also help maintain strong teeth and a pleasant-smelling breath
  • An annual dental check is essential and if possible visit your dentist twice a year – a good dental clean will last six months before you need return for another check-up

Don’t let a phobia ruin your beautiful smile! The next time you’re in the bathroom, don’t pass up the opportunity to brush, floss and gargle to keep those pearly whites healthy.

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