Conquer your fear of the dentist
Most of us feel a little apprehensive before an appointment with the dentist: no one enjoys opening wide for inspections, injections and extractions. Try our tips for taking care of your nerves – and your teeth.
Don't suffer in silence. If you're feeling anxious about your appointment, let the dental staff know beforehand, so they can make the visit as stress-free as possible. And to minimise tension, book your appointment for a time when you won't feel under pressure. Lying under the spotlight with a mouthful of dental tools is unpleasant enough – it's even worse if you're worried about being late for work.
If it's the whirring of the drill that drives you to distraction, drown it out by bringing along a personal stereo and headphones. Close your eyes and try to visualise yourself doing something relaxing, like lying on a beach, and zone out.
Relaxation techniques work wonders for some people, but the best way to feel confident for your dental examination is to look after your teeth all year round. Oral hygiene should be part of everyone's daily routine, such as brushing at least twice a day.
A thorough, three-minute clean in the morning and again before bed is a must, and it's also a good idea to ask your dentist to show you how to master the art of flossing. Dental floss works wonders to remove tiny particles of food that become trapped between your teeth, attracting cavity-causing bacteria.
Bit of a mouthful
Mouthwash is another easy addition to your regimen. A minute spent sloshing a dose of this bacteria-banishing solution around your mouth leaves it feeling extra fresh.
Above all, it's essential to choose a toothpaste that's enriched with ingredients that will optimise your oral hygiene, and fluoride is the key component. Internationally renowned brand Pepsodent is the perfect choice – and it's helping people all over the world conquer their dental dilemmas.