The fear of going to the dentist in Soho, dentophobia is one of the most common phobias worldwide. It stems from one of a combination of factors, namely an unpleasant experience from childhood, pain associated with going to a dental practitioner, anxieties about gagging when foreign, metal objects enter your mouth, the sight of equipment, chemical smells and that blinding fluorescent lighting overhead.
It is normal to feel nervous when going for a check-up, but those suffering from this fear might forgo having their teeth checked for months or years until an issue has progressed so much that the pain and discomfort it causes becomes hard to ignore.
Our team at PS Dental Care are a dynamic team of highly qualified professionals with a wealth of experience in our hands. If you are a nervous patient or outright terrified, we will do everything we can to make the experience more pleasant with our compassion and bedside manner which is second to none.
We promise to do our best in providing a service with the human touch, but you have to take care of your teeth for the best outcome possible at the dentist in Soho.
Improve the way you brush your teeth
This one might seem obvious to you, but many people do not brush properly or long enough. Twice a day for two to three minutes, combined with flossing, will help keep your teeth clean and healthy.
The gunk left over after you eat is called plaque, and plaque contains bacteria that cause tooth decay over time. Brushing frequently and well prevents this from happening.
Your dentist in Soho might recommend an electric toothbrush for those awkward and hard to reach places in your mouth.
Flossing is necessary, it is not painful and easy to master
Sticking to brushing alone removes only 60% of the bacteria in your mouth, which makes flossing an essential part of your cleaning routine. Without it, plaque builds up, and you become susceptible to tooth decay, inflamed gums and a plethora of mouth diseases.
Correctly flossing your teeth is easier than you might expect, ask your dentist to demonstrate a basic technique. Invest in a floss holder if you are still struggling.
If you have healthy teeth and gums, flossing should not be a painful experience.
Choose your dentist carefully
In the past, dental practitioners were akin to butchers, removing teeth in brutal ways without anaesthetics. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then, and these medical professionals have modern equipment and tools to make your experience more tolerable.
Another misconception is that dentists are cold, clinical and lack compassion. This way of thinking isn’t strictly true, but you need to find one who listens, is caring, with whom you feel comfortable and have a good rapport.
Tricks to dealing with anxiety over your upcoming dental visit
No one likes going through pain and discomfort, especially when one has had a bad experience in the past.
You can manage your fear of pain in the following ways:
● Practice breathing techniques to help you relax
● Ask your dentist about using numbing gels and the possibility of painless injections
● Ask your dentist to give you the step by step process of the procedures they will be performing and why.
We can help you overcome your fear of the dentist, or at least make dental check-ups more pleasant with our compassionate, skilled and experienced natures!