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How to overcome fear of the dentist

Let us face it, a trip to the dentist can become a horrifying experience whether it is dental work that has gone bad bringing with it excruciating pain or the awful noise of machines whirring in your ears.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Whether you have one or both the above, it is important to overcome your fear of dentists if you want to keep your dental health in great condition. It is also vital that you receive preventative care so painful tooth problems can be avoided.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Start by finding the right dentist who understands your needs. A dentist who has a sympathetic ear is a good choice. If your dentist soothes you instead of making you tensed, then chances are high you will feel at ease and will withstand the procedure in a good shape.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Start by finding the right dentist who understands your needs. A dentist who has a sympathetic ear is a good choice. If your dentist soothes you instead of making you tensed, then chances are high you will feel at ease and will withstand the procedure in a good shape.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

There are even specialised dentists who deal with fearful patients. In so doing, they create an environment that is soothing and non-threatening. They consider a person's level of pain and at the same time, the patient tells them how it can be reduced.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Fortunately, not all dentists are equal. There are some who have the lightest touch without having to wrestle your mouth just to get it cleaned. In particular, this is pretty important in painful procedures such as tooth extraction or root canal where pain can become unbearable even with anaesthesia. An inconsiderate and heavy-handed dentist will not help at all in this instance.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

You can also go with a friend, hubby or relative the next time you visit a dentist. Having someone familiar near you will ease the anxiety you might be feeling.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

You can also go with a friend, hubby or relative the next time you visit a dentist. Having someone familiar near you will ease the anxiety you might be feeling.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Face your fear and take charge of the situation. Be frank with your dentist about these concerns. Work with the dentist to see how you can feel at ease with any procedure. If the dentist takes a proactive stance, then you might just have found a real gem.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Look for a suitable distraction whilst you are in the dentist's chair. Listening to music or audio books can help your mind focus on something else instead of the drill that is inside your mouth.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

If you are into yoga, now is a great time to put those relaxation techniques into good practice. Use controlled breathing or muscle relaxation.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Face your fear and take charge of the situation. Be frank with your dentist about these concerns. Work with the dentist to see how you can feel at ease with any procedure. If the dentist takes a proactive stance, then you might just have found a real gem.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

Face your fear and take charge of the situation. Be frank with your dentist about these concerns. Work with the dentist to see how you can feel at ease with any procedure. If the dentist takes a proactive stance, then you might just have found a real gem.

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Five natural home remedies for a toothache

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