Diminish Dental Anxiety

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Reading many of your comments, I was surprised to learn how many people fear the dentist. While your anxiety is completely justifiable, avoiding the dentist can be extremely detrimental to your oral health. (And it’s really not that bad, right dentists?) Regular dental visits are absolutely vital to maintain a healthy white smile so if you’re “forgetting” to schedule your next appointment take these tips from the American Dental Association to help get you through your next appointment-they’re good ones.

• It’s often best to share your anxiety. If you’re tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.
• Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early morning appointment.
• If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.

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