You are running. Your breath is hard. You run faster and faster, and you feel dread in your heart! Your race is pulsing, you wonder when you will wake up, because the terrorist is looming ever so close. But when you open your eyes you realize it is not a dream, but at the dentists office, with no where to run. The tools of the trade are as fearsome as any tool of torture, and you are afraid. But you can’t go anywhere, because it is absolutely imperative that you get your teeth fixed.
This dreaded day of torture is called Dental Phobia , as with any phobia it is an intense, irrational fear which gives the sufferer an overwhelming desire to avoid the cause. If you have this phobia, you know the symptoms: The desire to run away, raised blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and sweating. The feeling that you are in a living nightmare.
Many people fear the pain associated with going to the dentist. You know, the needles, the drilling, the numbed feeling and fear of facial disfigurement that comes with losing your teeth. Even though we now have advanced pain management in dentistry, some people remain extremely fearful of going to the dentist.
When I was a child, I remember the pain, so the fear I suffered, though not as strong as a phobia, was a well-founded emotion. I remember the horror of the drill, the sounds and the pain. The pain relief , unlike today, was not total. I remember tears rolling down my cheeks. But, I had it good compared to the day before anesthesia. There was a time, if you can imagine it, that teeth were drilled, filled and extracted without any pain reliever at all.
Despite the fact that treatments today can be carried out with little or no pain, some people remain extremely fearful of the dentist. These phobias are fairly common, affecting both children and adults alike. We are blessed to have excellent pain management treatment, orthodox and alternative treatments, as well as follow-up treatments that will ease any discomfort.
Some dentists have made it a practice to emphasize the care that they take for those who suffer great distress during treatments. Many dentists use gas to help relax their tense and fearful patients, as well. general anesthesia may also be used when extracting teeth. The drills that are used now are more sophisticated and produce far less noise than the drills of the past.
A doctor may suggest behavioral therapy or psychotherapy for those who suffer from dental phobia, and since these treatments take time, in the interim. drugs may be prescribed in advance of the dental visit in order to calm the patient. It is recommended that patients with dental phobia seek dentists that are specialized in the care of these fearful patients.
There are breathing exercises that can be used in the dental chair, which will increase tolerance to the treatment. Also, if the patient is aware, he may put himself in a calmed frame of mind by using thoughts, imagery, attitude and deep breathing techniques. Reflexology may also be used in the area relating to the teeth and solar plexus.
Periodontal Disease includes any disorder of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. This includes the gums, the membrane which holds the teeth in the socket (called the periodontal membrane), and the sockets themselves. Periodontal disease includes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), and inflammation of the periodontal membrane called periodontitis .
Symptoms of periodontal disease include bad breath , swelling, redness, pain, bleeding gums , pain in the ear. If the condition is chronic there may be damage to the base of the teeth, and the bacteria erodes the bones which surround the teeth. There can also be abscesses on the gums, called gum boils, resulting from infection and tooth decay .
Chronic periodontitis is the result of untreated gingivitis, which rises because of inadequate teeth brushing habits, which causes bacteria and food particles around and under the gums, as well as plaque build-up. That is why, in this case, that prevention is better than a cure. Preventatives include:
*cutting down on sweets
*cutting down on snacks and acidic drinks
*brushing after every snack or sweet
*regular visits to the dental hygienist
Gingivitis may be treated by using an anti-bacterial mouthwash, improved oral hygiene and with regular, faithful trips to the dentist. Periodontitis is treated by draining the pus, filling the tooth or removing the tooth altogether. It may be necessary to perform a root canal , especially if their are dental cysts.
Any decay of the teeth will need to be addressed and fixed, as well, dietary changes may need to be put into place to promote general health, and education on why sugar must be reduced. Vitamin C is the most important vitamin, in relation to teeth. This vitamin is important for the production of collagen, and most tissues in the body are made from collagen. Co enzyme supplements have been found to be helpful for some people with gum disease .
Homeopathy treatments might include:
*Mercurius-for bleeding gums with bad breath
*Nutrum mut-for swollen, bleeding gums with ulcers
Remedies for toothache:
*Coffea-toothache with shooting pain
*Chamomila-toothache with unbearable pain
*Belladonna-toothache with throbbing pain
*Arnica-treatment for immediate discomfort
Other foods and nutrients that are good for gingivitis are: