Health Tip: Don't Fear the Dentist

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Here's how to ease anxiety before a checkup

(HealthDay News) -- Though clean and healthy teeth can brighten any grin, going to the dentist may not bring a smile to your face.

The American Dental Association lists these suggestions to make a dental visit easier on those who experience dental anxiety:

  • Explain to your dentist and the rest of the staff in the office that you're anxious about going to the dentist, and express your specific concerns.
  • Schedule your dentist appointment for a time when you won't feel pressured or rushed, such as a Saturday morning.
  • Bring along a personal radio, MP3 player or CD player to drown out the sound of the drill.
  • While you're in the chair, try to relax by visualizing yourself in a happy, relaxing and comfortable place, such as the beach.

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