There’s fear of flying (Aerophobia), fear of germs (Mysophobia), fear of wide open spaces (Agoraphobia), and then there’s the fear of dentists (Dentophobia).
Almost 75% of the adult global population fears the dentist. When you think about a dental visit, it’s not hard to see why this fear is so prevalent. After all, the dentist approaches your mouth with all sorts of tools and then, even if you wanted to, you can’t watch what’s going on in there. You’re only left with strange sounds and sensations and, worst of all, your imagination.
Thankfully, we live in the age of technology. For the first time in recorded history, you can witness dental procedures in the luxury of your home, putting to rest fears you may have about visiting a dentist for a procedure.
One such procedure that worries people is called dental bonding. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. Dental bonding is used for many reasons, including restoration of chipped, broken or decayed teeth, to reshape or whiten your smile, or to fill in gaps between the teeth.
This sounds like a lot for the mouth to endure. However, if you simply go to YouTube you can see the procedure completed. You’re essentially getting a backstage pass to a dental bonding experience complete with a real dentist and patient.
In fact, searching within YouTube for ‘fixing a chipped tooth’ returned over 4k results. Granted, some results are for educational purposes (dental training), but a large portion of videos are regular people documenting their dental experiences.
Whether they realize it or not, these dental documentary pioneers are helping others that may not seek out necessary dental treatment or cosmetic dentistry for fear of what the procedure may entail. Remember, knowledge is power. Watch a few videos of different dental procedures on YouTube and educate yourself. Click Here to view before and after bonding images.
If you still have concerns or questions, never be afraid to ask your local Mesa, AZ Dentist Dr. Gary Robison for answers.
There are quite a few factors that might cause a whitish layer or white blotches to grow on the tongue surface, including:
Leukoplakia. This disorder results in the cells of the mouth area to develop too much. Consequently this produces the creation of white colored spots inside the mouth area, which include on the tongue. While not harmful by itself, leukoplakia could be a forerunner to some cancers. Therefore it is vital for your dentist to figure out the reason behind the white blotches on your tongue. Leukoplakia might develop if the tongue is irritated, and it is frequently present in those who use tobacco goods.
Oral thrush. Frequently referred to as candidiasis, when there is an overabundance of yeast that develops inside the oral cavity it is called oral candidiasis. The disorder results in white blotches which can have a cottage cheese appearance on the tongue and mouth area. Candidiasis of the mouth usually appears in infants as well as the elderly denture users, and sometimes in individuals with vulnerable autoimmune systems. Diabetes sufferers and individuals using inhaled steroid drugs for asthma or lung disorders might also get candidiasis. Oral yeast infections are much more prone to take place after the consumption of antibiotics, which can destroy the "good" bacteria in the mouth area. Consuming plain yogurt with active and live cultures might help reestablish the appropriate fauna in your mouth area. Furthermore, drugs are useful to fight the infection.
Oral lichen planus. For those who have a system of raised white colored lines on your tongue containing a lace-like pattern, you are more than likely suffering from oral lichen planus. Physicians are usually not able to figure out the root cause of this disorder, which frequently subsides by itself. Exercising correct dental care, eliminating tobacco, and restricting your consumption of foods that result in irritability to your mouth might be effective.
For more information on oral health and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Robison of the Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ, please call 480-924-2300 or visit http://www.drrobison.com/contact-us/