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Posted by: terrifiedandscared  (3 years ago)
Hi, I probably have the highest form of phobia towards dentists and have succumbed to the fact that I must seek one soon. Due to my periodontal disease, tooth loss and an eroding tooth I am trying to put my mouth in a somewhat healthier state (if possible) while looking for a dentist sympathetic to my extreme phobia. Can you offer any suggestions to help with tartar & bleeding gums? My mouthwash is helping a little. Thank you in advance
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Hi, I probably have the highest form of phobia towards dentists and have succumbed to the fact that I must seek one soon. Due to my periodontal disease, tooth loss and an eroding tooth I am trying to put my mouth in a somewhat healthier state (if possible) while looking for a dentist sympathetic to my extreme phobia. Can you offer any suggestions to help with tartar & bleeding gums? My mouthwash is helping a little. Thank you in advance

I'm not sure you can do much to remove tartar under your gums, which it the root of the problem. No medicine does that.

I have had patients see hypnotists for dental phobia. There is the possiblility of finding a dentist that does IV sedation, but this will be pretty costly. Most of my patients do pretty well with oral Valium and laughing gas.

Good luck!
Posted 3 years ago
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Problems such as bleeding gums can be a sign that your gums are not being properly cared for and need attention.

Here are some tips to help prevent or reduce bleeding gums:

Brush Often:Brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush in a circular motion will help stimulate your gums, help prevent bleeding gums and strengthen the tissue that protects your teeth.

Floss Daily: Flossing is one of the most important ways to help prevent bleeding gums and maintain good oral health. It removes plaque and food particles that may be under the gumline and lead to bleeding gums.

See a Dentist Regularly: The cleaning performed twice a year at your dentist's office will remove plaque and tartar that can’t be removed at home. This will help prevent bleeding gums and keep your mouth healthy.
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