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Oral Health Care and Psychology

Oral Health Care and Psychology

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Oral Health Care and Psychology
By: Greg MCC BY 2.0

Dental health issues are often intimate. Psychological issues are also focused on well-being and they can affect oral health. Oral health can affect one’s psychological well-being as well—the two are intertwined.

Odontophobia, a condition depicting an irrational and overwhelming fear of dentistry, is a very real fear for many people.

Research estimates that 75 percent of adults experience some degree of ‘dental fear,’ with up to 10% percent suffering from ondontophobia.

One of the main reasons is a embellishment story told by others.

The problem is these types of stories are often told in the presence of small children. Telling such stories can plant the seeds of fearful emotions.

A felling of loss of control and helplessness causes fear. These perceptions can stem from primitive emotion that makes it difficult to overcome.

Chronic stress can manifest orally through over salivation or dry mouth.  It can disrupt the pH balance in saliva which can cause acidic saliva, this causes tooth decay and tooth aches.

Dry mouth from added stress affects bacterial growth in the mouth, and many of the medications that are prescribed to reduce stress may cause dry mouth.

For people who experiences depressives, going to the dentist is not high on their list of concerns. This can cause tooth decay or even tooth loss, which can lead to additional depression.

Having an unsightly smile can reduce self-esteem, which can also lead to causing depression.

The more serious the psychological issue in a person, the greater the issues with oral care. Some severely mentally disordered people do not understand why they need dental care and physically battle the oral care provider and staff.

Inflammation from oral disease is well accepted as affecting cardiac function with many oral care patients using anti-inflammatories prior to a dental procedure.

Dentists are learning that everyone does not have the same threshold for pain and are responding with kindness and researched tactics.

Today, oral care providers have patient friendly dental offices, anesthetics to reduce extra pain, and they are aware of fear and anxiety in patients.

A pleasant and attractive smile goes a long way for self-esteem and an individual’s comfort.

A recent poll of males and females asked which aspect of the opposite sex would be the means to a quick dismissal of potential for dating, bad teeth came in number one.

For more oral health information visit TenderCare Dental,  a Dentist in Gladstone, OR.

Shannon Kaiser is a wellness writer.

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