Going On a Trip? Don’t Leave without Packing these Dental Care Tips

So you’re going on a trip to a place that’s fun and exciting. What do you need to pack with you? There’s the obvious suitcase of clothes, hair supplies, electronics and so on. But what about your dental care plan? You need to make sure that you’re taking care of your oral hygiene.

And if you bring along your dog, make sure he has good puppy breath.

If you don’t already have a remedy you have at home, you can use the following dental care tips while you’re away. This is very important, especially since you tend to eat worse while you’re on vacation than you do at home.

Make Sure You’re Brushing Enough and the Right Way

There is a proper way to brush your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth a certain way. This requires you to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to you gums. Then you stroke the brush back and forth across the top and side of your teeth. Next, hold the brush vertically and use short strokes when brushing the back of your teeth.

As a rule of thumb, you should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes – and at least twice daily.

Use the Right Toothbrush

The toothbrush you select should have bristles that are thin enough to reach into the cracks of your molars. This is where food debris become lodged after eating. For most people, a medium or small sized toothbrush is ideal.

Floss Your Teeth Properly

Flossing is very important because it ensures you get food debris out the crevices of your teeth. This will help keep germs from forming, which can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay. Use a fresh string of floss for each area of your mouth, so you’re not reinserting the same germs into another part of your mouth.

Eat Properly

You’re on vacation, which means a lot of snacking. You may enjoy more sweets and junk food more than usual. This puts your teeth and gums at risk. If you’re going to eat sweets, make sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward. Sugar will eat away at your enamel, which can lead to cavities.

The best thing you can do is avoid eating poorly altogether.

Bring a Tongue Scraper

Your teeth and gums are only one part of the oral hygiene equation. You also need to clean your tongue. This is especially important if you notice discoloration or a white film coating your tongue. You can buy a metal or plastic tongue scraper. This, like your teeth, needs to be cleaned daily. So add this a part of your twice daily routine.

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Helping Adult Patients Overcome Dental Anxiety

It is not just children that are afraid of going to the dentist. Many adults suffer the same way. “Do I have dental problems I do not know about?”  “Will I need treatment that hurts?”  These are questions many adult patients have when going to the dentist. Anxiety about them can be a real thing. In fact, research has indicated that a fear of going to the dentist is estimated to affect 9 to 15 percent of the population.

Once they get to the dentist’s office, they are stressed from thinking about what may happen and for them, being able to relax becomes a thing of the past. This can make a dentist’s work more difficult and in turn, procedures may take longer. This is why it is good for dentists themselves to learn how to help their patients overcome dental anxiety. After all, most of the time all it takes is patience and an understanding of why their patients are so scared.

Why do people fear the dentist? 

People are afraid of going to the dentist for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it is as a result of a traumatic experience as a child. Other times they are embarrassed because they have neglected their teeth. It can even be due to dentophobia, a phobia that causes them to be afraid of dentists for no good reason just like others are afraid of needles or clowns.

How to deal with a patient that is anxious 

The first step is to ask them why they are afraid. Sometimes talking about it before the procedure can help, especially if you listen and show you care. There are also certain techniques that can help a patient relax, before you even start their procedure. Some suggestions are providing patients with a distraction such as listening to music or watching T.V, breathing exercises, and aromatherapy.

Be on time 

Anxiety usually gets worse the longer a patient has to wait. Provide a warm, welcoming waiting room and Make sure you schedule appointments with enough time between each to take into account possible emergencies. That way you are not going to have a patient sitting in the waiting room feeling more and more terrified as the minutes tick by.

Collect the patient and talk 

Go to the waiting room and greet every patient yourself, then walk them to the treatment room while having a short, friendly conversation. This helps them relax before ever even arriving at the dentist’s chair.

Allow the patient to choose 

People tend to feel less anxious if they feel as though they are in control. Give them something to choose when they arrive in the treatment room, whether it is the color of the bib they will wear to protect their clothes or the chair they will sit in when they first arrive.

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry is a modern technological advance that often makes treatment times shorter, thus leaving patients less anxious. It can be used for gum work, benign tumors, fillings and a whole host of other treatment options.

Alleviating anxiety through sedation

While your dentist will always endeavor to make your time in the chair as comfortable as possible, relaxation techniques may not be enough. For some patients, the experience can be slightly more nerve-racking and they may need additional aid.

Sedation dentistry treatments, like the ones used in Colorado by Centennial dentist Dr. Daniel Butterman, uses medication to help the patient relax without the use of needles, leaving them calm yet also conscious enough to be able to respond to your questions or requests. Dr. Butterman says “this is a wonderful way to help patients get the treatment they needs without the accompanying anxiety.”

Types of sedation dentistry include

Nitrous Oxide – This is the main method used in sedation dentistry. It is administered through a mask that is placed over the nose. Once the gas has taken effect, patients will find themselves in a state of relaxation.

Oral Sedation – For oral sedation, a patient will take a small sedative pill about an hour before they come in for their appointment. This will help them feel relaxed and drowsy during their treatment. When the procedure is complete, the patient will be gently awakened and will have no memory of the treatment.

Dental phobia is common among people of all ages. It leads to a great deal of stress and the consequences can be devastating to a persons oral health. By helping a patient cope with their fear either through relaxation techniques or providing sedation dentistry, you will be sure to have a patient for life and someone who is very likely to tell their friends and family about your care.