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Swimmers Risk Stained Smiles, Chipped Teeth


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Athlete swimmers, who often swim laps more than six hours a week, expose their teeth to large amounts of chemically treated water which causes stains on teeth.



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How Dentists Help Anxious Patients

 
Chapter: How to Stay Calm Before Visits

  • Pick up the phone. Your dentist's office staff has been trained in caring patient services; they will inform you of what to expect and answer your questions to ensure your confidence and comfort during your visit.
  • Relax. When they are nervous, some people tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and increases feelings of panic. Focus on breathing regularly & slowly.
  • Eat up. Consuming high-protein foods produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods.
  • Skip the caffeine. Avoiding caffeine before a dental appointment can make you less anxious.
  • Communicate. Use hand signals to inform the dentist that you are uncomfortable, and talk to your dentist about your specific fears.

Reviewed: January 2012