The team at Crown House Dental in Egham look more closely at dental phobia.
Are you one of the high percentage of the UK population who is scared of visiting the dentist? Do you find yourself worried a few days before the appointment, or even a few weeks?
Are you so nervous you avoid going to the dentist at all? Do you feel like your dental anxiety is completely beyond your control?
First things first, you need to know you are not alone. Here at your local Egham dentist we are trained to help patients just like you overcome their dental anxiety, because there are so many people suffering with this problem. Most people have at least a little dental anxiety, and about 10-15% of those with dental anxiety are so crippled by it they avoid going anywhere near a dentist.
Some people have anxiety to such an extent they are plagued by nightmares about the dentist, or even avoid any activities or food that could compromise their teeth and cause them to need dental treatment. As a consequence of this anxiety and avoiding the dentist, these people often suffer for years with pain, infections, problems eating, and a degraded smile which then affects the person's confidence.
Overcoming Your Fear Of The Dentist
One of the most common treatments at our Egham dentists is fillings. They can be done very quickly, painlessly and serve a very important purpose. However, some people do avoid having them done, even when they have been recommended by the dentist. This is a really bad idea and we wanted to explain why in our latest blog.
You may think that dentists act in a preventative way with everything we do - and that is absolutely correct, we are always striving to prevent bad things happening to your teeth.
However, when we perform a filling it serves as both preventative measure against future issues, and as a treatment. If we don't think you need a filling but you might in the future, we will advise that the tooth in question is observed for now, so we can treat if necessary later; but also avoid the tooth being treated if possible as well.
However, if a tooth already has a cavity, unfortunately that is permanent and hence why you need a filling. So we would only ever suggest you need a filling if you do actually need one.
How Cavities Form
When a tooth decays gradually over time, bacteria thrive which causes further decay. Decay and the degrading of teeth is prevented by an effective oral health regime which involves flossing and brushing twice a day. However, we must also avoid sugary food and drink, highly acidic and starchy foods in order to keep our mouth healthy. Food and drink like this 'works' with any residual plaque to increase the negative effect of nasty bacteria which in turn release acids which harm the teeth. The acid will break down tooth enamel and eventually cause a permanent cavity.
The Consequences Of Avoiding A Filling
Your Egham dentist looks at the UK's leading cause of tooth loss.
Gum disease remains to be the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK.
Here at your local Egham dentist we are passionate about preventing gum disease, helping patients perfect their oral health regime to avoid it as much as possible. We are pleased to have Dr Schiefung Tay on our team at our Egham clinic. Dr Tay is a gum disease specialist (periodontist) which is ideal for patients, particularly those who may be suffering, or have suffered from advanced stage gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is gum inflammation that is called gingivitis in the early stages. It can progress to be periodontal disease which is very serious. At the early stage of gum disease the gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, they may also be red and inflamed, particularly where the tooth meets the gum. The good news is that the disease can be completely reversed at this stage as long as it is diagnosed and treated effectively. If the disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth becomes affected and the teeth start to loosen and could eventually fall out.
What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?
So many people don't know they have gum disease. It is actually possible to have it without having any of the symptoms, but usually a person will have at least one of these symptoms:
● Tender gums
● Swollen gums
● Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
● Pockets next to the teeth where the gums have pulled away
● Loose teeth
● Pain when chewing
● Pus or sores between the teeth
● Sensitive teeth
● Smelly breath that stays pungent even after brushing
Some of these symptoms may only occur when the disease has progressed. At the later stages of periodontal disease the teeth and gums tend to be in a very poor state.
What Causes Gum Disease?