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Could hypnosis make visits to the dentist less stressful?

Hypnosis is often thought of as a way of manipulating a patient and is not particularly thought of as being scientific whilst in fact, the main aim of hypnotherapy is not to manipulate the patient, but to give them the tools they require to take back control of their feelings and emotions. Hypnosis comes originally from a Greek word that means sleep and this is usually how a person who is being hypnotised appears. Although in a hypnotic state the subject is open to suggestion, they maintain concentration and keep the potential to make their own decisions at any time.

Dentists who use hypnosis regularly in their clinical practices experience a variety of significant advantages. There are many and varied applications of clinical hypnosis in dental clinical practice including relaxation, relief from fears and anxieties, reduction in the perception of pain during procedures and in the control of bleeding. Hypnotics is one of the oldest and non-invasive ways to control dental anxiety in children as well as in geriatric patients and therefore dentists get a better treatment result, and the patient has a much better experience.

Hypnosis can bring considerable relief to anxious patients and make it easier for the dentist to do their job, but it is particularly implemented in order to help patients relax. As relaxation raises the pain threshold, requirement for local anaesthesia is reduced. And even if it is necessary, it is better tolerated. Therefore, the use of hypnosis as a general relaxation strategy is certainly possible in both adults and children. The clinical benefits that are gained from hypnosis such as the control of fear, abnormally active gag reflex, adaptation to dentures is well reported on but additionally hypnosis can control salivary flow and bleeding.

A distinction arises between a deep type of hypnosis and a light one and both have different applications. Deep hypnosis takes long so it is not useful for regular dental practice however, it is required for analgesia. On the other hand, the light hypnotic state is easier and faster to attain and can be used on a daily basis for instance, to relax a nervous patient in a matter of minutes.

Dentists have to use positive suggestions when managing patients. Words or actions that inspire trust in the dentist will relieve the patient’s anxiety and fear. There are those dentists that use an Informal hypnotic method including the use of encouraging phrases such as “you will feel quite comfortable” or “you will feel happy with the finished result” and this can be a powerful technique of patient management.

Dental hygiene is very important. Lots of people think of dental hygiene as cosmetic but it is actually very important to your overall health. Issues with your teeth and gums can be very serious and lead to infections which can potentially be life threatening. It is vital that you look after your teeth and gums well from a very early age.

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and also trying to floss between your teeth to remove any build up that the toothbrush cannot get to. It has been proved that using an electric tooth brush offers a much higher level of cleaning than a manual one.

You need to use a toothpaste that has the right level of fluoride for your age and if you have sensitive teeth, use one that is specifically designed for that purpose. If your teeth are extremely sensitive then you may even need a prescription toothpaste from your dentist.

After brushing your teeth, you may want to use a mouth wash. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but a very common mistake that people make is to use it straight after brushing their teeth. Doing this will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. 

Many children have braces to straighten up their teeth, but as an adult these can move back or you may have missed out on braces altogether. Having straight teeth is something most of us dream of but the fact is that not many people naturally do.

IF you are an adult and thinking about braces then you may not have to choose the typical train track braces that were used when you were younger. There are many different ways in which to straighten your teeth, some of which can’t even be seen.

Retainers are often used in adults and worn behind the teeth or over night so that people can not even tell you have them. The issue is that they are not cheap and you may be expected to pay up to £3000 for the contraption.  Many dentists that offer teeth straightening also offer finance packages as they know it is a lot of money to find upfront. You should be able to spread the costs over more affordable monthly payments. Some offer 0% interest finance whereas others may charge interest, in which case you may be better to tray and get a 0% interest credit card or a low rate loan.

Keeping teeth white is indicative of good oral hygiene, as well as being important for your appearance. This means that having white teeth is highly desirable. How can you keep your teeth white, and how can you make them whiter if you are unhappy with the way they look currently?

If you are happy with your teeth but want to maintain their appearance, there are various things you can do. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss, and be careful about your sugar intake, as well as the intake of foods that might affect the appearance of your teeth. These include fizzy drinks, sugary foods, red wine and coffee, which can damage your teeth and also cause staining.

The other important step to take is visiting a dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. A hygienist will perform a scale and polish, helping to remove staining from your teeth.

With the whole of the UK at a stand still again, many of us are finding ourselves back at home again. It may be that you have been furloughed or maybe you are still working but doing it from your home. During these times it is very easy to get complacent and not keep up our usual hygiene standards. It may be that you are just answering calls from your home in which case you may think that there is no point in getting dressed. Often brushing our teeth is something that we do when we go up to get dressed, so if we are not getting dressed for work you may forget to brush your teeth. Research also shows that we are consuming more sweet treats at the moment so this will only add to the need to brush your teeth properly.

It is important to try and keep some sort of schedule to your daily life as not only will this ensure you are more organised but it is also good for our metal health. Try and keep any dental appointments you may have and be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

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