I Used To Be So Afraid Of Root Canals. I’m Not Anymore, Because…

I Used To Be So Afraid Of Root Canals. I’m Not Anymore, Because…

My Tooth Hurts Today’s post is brought to you by a very distant fond memory that I am sure you have had in the past (if not, then good job so far!). There was one night when I woke up with a violent start and my head felt like it was going to explode. (Un)fortunately for me, it wasn’t really my head. The throbbing pain came from one of my molars. The pain was just unbearable and I had to take a painkiller just to be able to get anything done. The next day, I made an appointment with my dentist who told me that we needed to fix that pain. I was given two choices: take the tooth out (which I didn’t want to do) or have a root canal. The choice I was easy. I was young and I was being a wimp. I had the tooth taken out. But later on, I realized I should have done something to save the tooth. And this is why today, we want to talk a bit about root canals. Now I really wish I listened to my dental hygienist. Tooth decay causes pain In case you’re here for the first time and just want to know about root canals very quickly, let’s just quickly say that tooth decay causes the tooth pain you feel. This pain hits you when that soft tissue(called the pulp) inside the root canal gets infected or inflamed. This is often caused by tooth decay or some sort of injury to the tooth. The pain is intense because of all the nerves that are in...
How to Become a Dental Hygienist – Educational Requirements

How to Become a Dental Hygienist – Educational Requirements

If you’re already gone through our career profile of a dental hygienist and have finally figured out why you want to be one, it’s time to talk about how to actually get into the profession. People in this career track are required to have certain academic qualifications as well as certification, licensing and accreditation. So yes, it’s not going to be that simple but we’ll try to make it easy for you. How long does it take to be a dental hygienist? That depends on what kind of education you’re signing up for. Let’s break down the different requirements and qualifications needed to enter this profession. Dental hygienists usually start with a degree in dental hygiene from a college or university. Getting a degree in the field will make you a more attractive candidate to a clinic you want to apply to, or to customers that you want to appeal to. There Are Three Types of Degrees Available It’s really recommended to get a degree in this field even if some professionals decide to skip this. In this short list, we go over what kind of degree you need to be a dental hygienist. Associate degree The shortest degree in the field would be an associate degree in dental hygiene. It is often the minimum requirement imposed by many practices and most dental hygienists will have one. The program will include courses in anatomy and physiology, radiology, clinical skills with modules that cover basic medical science also serving to make the student familiar with the science behind the procedures they will be in charge of handling. While these are...
Things Dental Hygienists Might Not Be Telling You

Things Dental Hygienists Might Not Be Telling You

Visiting a dentist can be a physical and psychological menace. It is associated with pain, anxiety and discomfort. However, dentists have the power and expertise to change your lifestyle and relieve your pain.  Dental knowledge is power and it is essential to be aware of some of the myths present at a dentist’s. Although this doesn’t apply to all dental health professionals, your’s may not be telling you the whole truth. Desmystifying some of the facts given to you is important in order to make conscious and responsible decisions regarding your teeth. The feared check-up Dental check-ups are used to prevent or treat any dental problems that may arise. According to the NHS if your oral health is in good conditions you will only need to visit the dentist once every 12 to 24 months. Nevertheless, most dentists recommend that you visit them twice a year. If this is unnecessary you will probably be wasting time and money. At dental check-ups your teeth, gums and mouth should be thoroughly evaluated. It is essential to communicate with your dentist so that he can give you tips on how to better or keep up your oral care. If after the check-up the conclusion is that you have good oral health they shouldn’t be telling you to come back in 6 months. Stick with electric There is little emphasis on how important an electric toothbrush can be for your dental health. WebMD states that electric toothbrushes will offer you 600 strokes per minute, while regular toothbrushes will only stroke your teeth 300 times per minute. They will clean your teeth more profoundly and remove stains impeccably. In fact, using a power toothbrush can save you a dentist’s cleaning. They will also remove...

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