There’s a new trend in dental x-rays: salt. Why salt, you ask? It may surprise you, but it can make your routine dental x-rays a little more comfortable, especially if you have a tendency to gag during the short procedure. Basically it comes down to one very important find – some people find it useful to sprinkle a little bit of salt onto their tongue before having dental x-rays taken, because it inhibits the gag reflex. It just takes a pinch, but it may be all that you need to get you through those few shots that your dentist needs to take each year.
Gagging can have a variety of causes, and for some people it can be a difficult problem that prevents them from ever feeling comfortable in the dental chair. Some tricks work, like holding a foot up in the air, breathing deeply through the nose, or smiling. For some people though, severe gagging is just something they live with and it makes dental care a negative experience. No dentist wants this for their patients, and it can make care more difficult to complete at a high quality level.
The next time you’re headed to the dentist, if you’re a gagger, bring a small pouch of salt with you…just in case. Your dentist may not have any on hand or may have not even heard of this trick, but it can be one of the best kept secrets for patients that loathe having impressions, x-rays, or things tickling the inside of their mouth during the visit. Now you have no excuse to skip those x-rays, and your dentist will be able to get a great view to screen for cavities or bone loss!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry
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