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3 Tricks to Overcoming a Sensitive Gag Reflex

Going to the dentist isn’t something that a lot of people enjoy doing, especially if they have a sensitive gag reflex. If you tend to gag frequently, it can be difficult to have anything from routine x-rays to a dental exam completed. Thankfully here are a few easy tips and tricks you can try for your next check-up:

Salt on Your Tongue

Nobody really knows why, but salt can help some people make it through a dental visit without any problems. Sprinkling a small amount of salt on the tip of your tongue is all that is needed. The next time you visit a fast food restaurant, grab a few packs of salt and bring them with you to your dental appointment!

Just Smile

Smiling helps inhibit the gag reflex. The actual movement of muscles used during smiling will suppress the muscles that make you feel as if you are going to gag. Keeping a big grin on your face may feel a little silly, but it’s proven to work!

Hold Your Foot Up

If you’re able to, hold one of your feet up into the air when you start to feel a tickle in your throat. Yes, it’s a mind over matter thing, but the technique can help you get through that important x-ray to check out a toothache. If you feel like it’s not working, switch feet!

Living with a sensitive gag reflex doesn’t mean you have to avoid going to the dentist. Your dental team may have even more great ideas to help you get through your appointment gag-free…set up your visit today. Your smile will thank you!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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