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Emergency dentistry news: Patients should ‘get behind National Smile Month’


Emergency dentistry news: Patients should 'get behind National Smile Month'Patients worried about emergency dentistry have been advised to get behind the upcoming National Smile Month.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) Dr Nigel Carter has urged patients who are afraid of dental procedures to show support for the campaign with the aim of gaining reassurance.

This comes after the recent BDHF Adult Dental Health Survey revealed half of adults display moderate to extreme dental anxiety.

Participants were asked to select what made them the most nervous from a list which included snakes, heights, doctors and going to the dentist.

The findings also revealed 30 per cent of people said that having a tooth drilled in procedures such as root canal treatment would make them extremely nervous.

Dr Carter said: "What may prove concerning is just how poorly the profession rates in comparison to doctors.

"The comparison with snakes and spiders may appear frivolous, but it does suggest we still have a lot of work to do to build public confidence."

Meanwhile, BUPA has advised people who suffer from dental anxiety to find a supportive dentist to guide them through treatment.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800507973-ADNFCR

Acupuncture ‘can help with dentistry anxiety’


People could reduce their anxiety about dentistry by having acupuncture.

People who have a fear of the dentist’s office could reduce their dental anxiety by undergoing acupuncture treatments, it has been claimed.

According to Cathy Wong in her blog for Alt Medicine, 16 women and four men who were anxious about dentistry were given a course of acupuncture and in half of the cases, they said their anxiety had been reduced as a result of the treatment.

Furthermore, all of the participants were able to follow through with planned dentistry treatments after they underwent the acupuncture.

Indeed, Ms Wong noted that other treatments like biofeedback and hypnosis have also been shown to provide help in people managing their anxiety when it comes to check-ups and emergency dentistry procedures.

Elsewhere, a study by researchers from the UK and Denmark recently showed that in the majority of cases, anxiety levels can be reduced following acupuncture, as the body releases natural chemicals to calm a person.

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