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  • Not everyone is afraid of the dentist. I know, news to me too. 

    I have been working with trauma survivors for over 6 years and there’s many things that we avoid but the most common is the dentist, second would be gynecologists 

    We tend to avoid people shoving drills in our mouths if we can help it. 

    According to a 2016 study by the Journal of Dental Research, having an undetected tooth infection increases your risk of heart disease by 2.7 times. The risk is highest when a patient has an infection at the tip of any tooth, even if he or she doesn’t experience pain or other symptoms. The study focused on adults who needed a root canal or gum disease treatment but haven’t yet received either one.

    The news from the Journal of Dental Research study is quite concerning when heart disease already contributes to the deaths of 30 percent of adults across the world. Because of this, the Oral Health Foundation is working hard to get the word out about the importance of regular preventive care exams as well as seeking prompt treatment for dental pain.

    If tooth infection can lead to heart disease then why do we not get teeth cleanings more often?

    One word – ANXIETY, well and pain. 

    When it hurts bad enough we go but other wise, trauma survivors avoid it. Speaking from personal experience, going to the dentist triggers the panic that is often connected to the past crap we have been through. 

    Can you tell us how anxious you get, if at all, with your dental visit?

    How anxious did you feel Not Anxious Slightly Anxious Fairly Anxious Very Anxious Extremely Anxious
    Yesterday, when you thought about this appointment? 1 2 3 4 5
    Sitting in the waiting room? 1 2 3 4 5
    Thinking about or having a tooth drilled? 1 2 3 4 5
    Thinking about or having your teeth cleaned? 1 2 3 4 5
    Thinking about or having an injection for numbing? 1 2 3 4 5

     

    Add up the numbers you circled Total _______

    If you scored above a 3 on any one or scored higher than 15 you could have Dental Anxiety.

    TRY THIS:

    • Notice your feet on the floor… press into them … left foot…. Then right foot. Repeat
    • Notice where your body makes contact with where you’re sitting. Allow your seat to support you. Lean into your sit bones… left… then right. Repeat
    • Crossing your arms over your chest or placing your hands on your top of your legs
    • Slowly tap or rock… left… right… as slow as it is soothing for you.. Tap left – right. Back and forth. Repeat for about 30 seconds or till it feels good enough.
    • Pause and invite a breath…. Exhale all the way…. Check in with your internal weather report.
    • Are you cloudy today… stormy…. Foggy…. Just notice what you notice.. Without judgment if you can.
    • Repeat slow tapping and breathing if it feels comforting and soothing.
    • If it feels distressful, stop tapping, and go to another calming skill you have.

    If going to the dentist causes more than a little panic, then you might suffer from dental anxiety, related to past trauma. Give us a call or schedule here on our website and see how we can help.

     

    Kara Mumford LISW-S (She-her/They-them)

    The Trauma Therapy Company

    (P) 234-600-8200

    (E) kmumford@traumatherapycompany.com

    (W) www.traumatherapycompany.com

     

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