If you’re like 75% of Americans, you may find some fear or anxiety popping up whenever you head to the dentist. Thing is, an unusually small number of people have had any type of traumatic experience at their dentist office. Yet, many of us still clam up at the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Turns out fear of the dentist is a bit like fear of spiders. While most of us haven’t actually had a traumatic experience with the creepy crawler, most of us would rather move out of the whole house than relocate one that is found trespassing. A lot of it has to do with stories and hearing about other people's experiences, and the rest of it pretty much has to do with the fact that everyone seems kind on edge about it, so our brains say “hey, yeah, me too!”.
The good news is that at HOPE we have some of the best in the business as well as a comfortable safe office for you to get those pearly whites looking and feeling their best And don’t forget, as a non-profit, all of our services are extremely low cost, specifically for the uninsured and underinsured. www.myhopehealth.org/... See MoreSee Less
Doubling down on our dental talk this week, let’s talk about floss. I always dread the question “have you been flossing regularly?” whenever I head to the dentist because I always realize that I haven’t been flossing nearly enough!
Floss was manufactured commercially for the first time in 1882, so why is it such a hard habit for most of us to stick with? It has less to do with our mouths and more to do with our brains, actually.
Starting in the 1900s, the U.S. had some of the worst dental health of all time simply because of the lack of brushing. Today most people brush 2-3 times a day easily, without even thinking. Turns out the change in oral health habits came from a toothpaste brand that sold the idea of “feeling your teeth” to know when you needed to brush. The rest is history, but with floss it turns out that our brains don’t actually think it matters since we don’t feel a sense of immediate award!
So our trick for getting your brain on board with flossing is to start implementing a cue or reward each time you floss, eventually your brain will be cued to floss each time you brush! ... See MoreSee Less
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