The American Association of Endodontics declares May as Save Your Tooth Month. Previously known as Root Canal Awareness Month, the annual campaign is designed to call attention to the importance of saving natural teeth. Despite the fact most people see each other in the real-world wearing masks that cover their pearly whites, dental health remains of paramount importance. What’s more, when you’re on Zoom, your smile is on display for all the all the virtual world to see.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 36 percent of the United States population experiences dental anxiety. In fact, an additional 12 percent suffer from what scientists call “extreme dental fear.” In search of underlying causes for such phobias, researchers studied the underlying reason so many people fear dentists. They concluded “the causes of dental fear, dental anxiety or dental phobia are related to exogenous factors such as direct learning from traumatic experiences, vicarious learning through significant others and the media, and endogenous factors such as inheritance and personality traits.” In other words, several things conspire to produce dental anxiety. At Blue Ocean Dentistry, we work to alleviate such fears.
Tooth pain results from varying conditions. But whatever the source, recipients count it among the worst types of torture known to man. In this blog post, we examine underlying conditions which can lead to dental pain and discuss homeopathic, as well as medicinal, approaches which nip toothaches in the bud.
Whether sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, toothaches sideline people in a way unlike many other types of discomfort. Pain is the primary method the brain uses to signal that something requires attention. Like someone screaming into a bullhorn, nerves demand that something be done.
People often joke about miserable life events by comparing them to root canals. At Blue Ocean Dentistry, we think root canals have got a bad rap. So, we want to set the record straight. Because even though they may not make it to the top of your Bucket List, they eliminate pain in the mouth and can help extend the life of problem teeth. What’s more, if you choose Dr. Fred Wong in Glendora as your dentist, you may be surprised at just how uneventful and effective a root canal can be!