Some people have a stronger gag reflex than others, which can present some serious problems within dental care! Trust us, you are not the first patient (nor will you be the last) to struggle with this concern. The good thing is that we can help you handle it. The bad thing is, you may find that you’re tempted to keep it a secret because you find it embarrassing. Allow us to guide you with some very easy and helpful suggestions that may show you there’s certainly hope to be had!
#1: Tell Us About It
Tell us that a strong gag reflex is something that’s part of your experience. Maybe it happens daily. Maybe it’s mostly when you visit us. We aren’t going to think it’s weird! Instead, we will be quite careful about doing our best to make you comfortable (while offering tips, too).
#2: Use A Smaller Toothbrush Head
Patients often overlook the fact that sizing down the head of their toothbrush can offer immense help with a gag reflex. When your brush is too big, you may end up gagging yourself unintentionally. Use a smaller brush head for easier navigation and a calmer dental hygiene experience.
#3: Rely On A Flossing Accessory
Talk with us about flossing if this is one area of dental hygiene that causes serious problems for your gag reflex. It may be helpful for you to use a holder that provides you with stretched floss, so you can get to back teeth more easily. Or, we may encourage you to add a water flosser into the mix. Remember, it is absolutely essential that you floss your entire smile, so let us know if gagging has been getting the way!
Let Us Help Address Your Gag Reflex
Allow us to help you with your gag reflex, so you can get through dental hygiene with greater ease. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.