During the first lockdown in the UK Dentists had to shut other than for emergencies. This meant that lots of people got behind with their appointments. Although dentists have since been able to reopen, many of us are still not booking our check ups. If you are not very keen on going to the dentist anyway then you may find It even more daunting due to what is going on at the moment.
Dentists tend to wear masks and googles anyway so you will probably find that actually not a lot has changed once you get in to the chair. Some waiting areas are closed and they prefer you to wait outside until you are called in, but all in all the process need not be any worse than any other time.
If you are concerned about visiting the dentist, it may be worth giving them a call and discussing your worries with you. They should be able to talk you through what you need to do and what steps they have in place to protect you. It is important to not leave it too long between check ups as if an issues is not picked up quickly it may end up being a lot worse and causing pain. You may even have to lose a tooth, so don’t delay get that appointment booked back in.
Many parents worry about their children’s teeth and as to if they are brushing them correctly. Ideally you want to start getting them used to teeth brushing as soon as possible and even if they only have one or two teeth through, it’s a good idea to start putting the brush in their month and allow them to get used to it.
As they get older you will need to spend a little bit longer each day brushing their teeth until they are able to do it properly on their own (which is usually around the age of 7).
You need to decide which brush is better fo your child. It may be that a child friendly vibrating brush is perfect as even if they don’t move it around too much the brush will do some of the hard work. For some children, an electric brush is too much and they prefer a manual one. This is fine as long as you ensure they are spending the time needed and brushing where they should.
If you can get them to use a child’s electric brush from the age of a bout 6 then this will give them the best opportunity to keep their teeth clean. Always ensure that they are not too rough through or over brushing as this can damage their gums.
The market for toothpaste products in the UK last year was a staggering 541 million pounds so are we all buying expensive toothpaste when we do not need to?
If we believe the many advertising campaigns that bombard our TV screens then we need to buy a toothpaste that whitens and protects our teeth, freshens our breath and helps keep our gums healthy too but do the cheaper supermarket own brands do the same job for a fraction of the price?
The main ingredient in toothpaste that we need is the fluoride. It is this that helps to protect our teeth from decay and most toothpastes have enough of this to provide that protection. The other constituent of toothpaste is an abrasive agent. It is important o have a low abrasive toothpaste otherwise the tooth enamel may be damaged especially by acidic foods and drinks so be careful of extreme whitening products.
Research has shown that effective brushing is a much more important factor when it comes to good oral hygiene than the brand of toothpaste that is used. Regular brushing with an electric toothbrush and the use of interdental brushes and floss using any toothpaste should keep your teeth and gums in good condition.
Looking after your teeth is vitally important and alongside good dental hygiene regular visits to the dentist should be a priority if you want to avoid dental problems in the future. A few years ago, it was exceedingly difficult to find an NHS dentist who was taking on new patients, but this has now changed with most towns having a dentist that you can register with.
Some people have an aversion to visiting the dentist perhaps because they have had a bad experience in the past and so try to find a dentist that they feel understands their fear and who they can trust. The best way to find a suitable dentist is to go on the recommendation of family and friends and read online reviews as fear of dental treatment is a common phobia.
When you find a dentist who you feel will be sympathetic it is a good idea to spend time relating past dental experiences to them so that they are aware of any issues you may have.
If you are taking children to the dentist perhaps for the first time most dentists are very amenable and encourage children to simply sit in the dentist’s chair and open their mouths until they are old enough to be able to let the dentist check their teeth in any detail.
Many patients are very nervous about going to the dentist and may need some support from their dentist to help make the experience better. Sedatives can really help these types of patients, and an IV sedative can be just what they need to get through a stressful treatment such as a root canal treatment or a filling.
Many practices can offer sedation for nervous patients and it requires some specialist training. You will need to know how to administer a sedative safely and how to keep patients safe throughout the treatment, plus you will need to be able to react if something goes wrong. This type of training is a great asset to your professional profile and it will really help you to offer services for a broader range of patients, who might otherwise be too afraid to visit the dentist. Look into where you can get the relevant training if you want to offer sedative to dental patients.