The mouth is one of the main gateways into the body. It forms an essential portal into the oral cavity and directs what is digested in the stomach and absorbed by the gut system.
The mouth is not only responsible for how we aquire and absorb nutrition to sustain our bodies. The components of our mouths ie lips, teeth , gums , tongue, cheeks, saliva etc are essential in performing other essential functions such as effective communication through speech, tasting our food, effective chewing and lubrication of the whole mouth to protect against pain, and even kissing!
Good oral care is vital for the health of the mouth and the whole body.
Regular visits to your dentist are very important. to ensure thorough maintainence of your mouth.
Your dentist will be checking routinely for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, mouth cancer and many other conditions that may first present in the mouth, many times even without symptoms. so it always wise to attend even if you don’t suffer from pain.
In this way a preventative approach in oral care can be used. Taking a preventative role can also help to protect your teeth and jaws from further risk of damage, and also lessen the cost of oral care to you due to fractured teeth and fillings.
Many patients find going to the dentist a daunting prospect. You are certainly not alone in this, as 53% of the UK population has been reported to be nervous to some degree, of going to the dentist. Due to Covid-19 many dental practices had to close their services in 2020. This meant that many patients couldn’t access routine dental care which resulted in further dental need. Dental practices are open again operating under the revised guidelines and regulations in this period of constant navigation.
None the less, your dentist and the dental team will be trained to help you out of any oral pain and to achieve dental fitness; and towards your dental goals where appropriate; so it is important to have a good professional relationship based on trust, where you feel comfortable with your dentist.
Hypnotherapy is a useful tool that may be employed within dentistry – hence the term hypnodontistry, to help to reduce dental fears and phobias that the patient may have as well as treat certain dentally related conditions.
Hypnotherapy can be used within dentistry to help to treat:
dental and dentally-related anxiety
over- sensitive gag reflex
As these tension related habits can also predispose to headaches, (including migraines), hypnotherapy could help to alleviate and reduce oral and facial pain including chronic jaw pain.
It is always advisable to first consult your dentist for a full diagnosis if you suspect you are suffering from any head and neck relating conditions. A referral to a specialist may be recommended/ advised.
If you would like further information, please feel free to book for a free initial consultation to discuss how we can help you to protect your smile.