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What is ‘The Tea(th)’ you ask? It’s our way of bringing some dental news, current events, and clinical pearls to the palm of your hand. With a little added humor and satirical stanzas, of course! We know your life is busy and no one has time to read a newspaper nowadays, so we aim to make this brief yet informative, and above all piping HOT!
You’re feeling VERY Sleepy...and You Love Your Dentist
Although pain management has seen significant advancements, people nowadays still avoid seeing the dentist out of fear or anxiety. “No offense, but I hate the dentist.” Gee thanks, I hate myself too and wish I had a nickle for every time someone told me that. Don’t worry, while patients disdain us there is still hope. Hypnosis…yes you heard that right. Dental applications of hypnosis include: relaxation, relief from fears and anxieties, reduction in both perception and severity of pain, bleeding and salivation control (both to increase/decrease flow, as needed), bruxism control, finger-sucking, and other habits, to promote behavioral modifications associated with optimization of oral health. As relaxation increases, it can even raise the pain threshold, and decrease the requirement for local anesthesia.
Increase in Stress-Related Dental Issues During the Pandemic
The American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) indicates there has been a rise in stress-related dental conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. In a survey sent to U.S. dentists, they report seeing cases of tooth grinding and clenching rise by 59.4%, with instances of both cracked and chipped teeth rising by 53.4% each. There has also been a rise in caries, periodontal disease, and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Thanks a lot COVID for continuing to mess up our lives.
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