Mahfujul Haq Khan, BDS,DDS (Dhaka), PhD (Japan) Oral &
Dental Surgeon BIRDEM Hospital
Hello Dr. Khan,
I really love to read your Dental wise part. But I really scare to visit
Dentist. May be this is because of Dental Phobia!. Please tell me about
"Dental Phobia". How can I avoid this Phobia? I have lot of
Dental problem, but I failed to visit.
Afsana Alam East Rampura Dhaka
Dear Ms Afsana,
Thanks for reading my article regularly and your appreciation. I was
also very scared to visit a Dentist till my admission to Dhaka Dental
college in 1984. When I was first year dental college students, then
I had an experienced of painless wisdom teeth extraction in my college
hospital. After that I realize that Dentistry is no more horrifying
matter though it was 20 years back. By the way, did you ever visited
any dentist? You did not mentioned the reason why you have this phobia.
Anyway, I will try to explain the reasons and how to avoid this phobia.
I hope it will help both the readers and dental surgeon. After reading
this article please visit your dentist without any hesitation.
If you are anxious about dental treatment then you are not alone. In
USA, between 6-14% (should be more in southeast Asia!) of the population
avoid attending the dentist because of anxiety/fear about treatment.
Between 45-55% of patients who attended the dentist are anxious in the
reasons people fear attending the dentist are varied and include pain,
cost of treatment, lack of control while in the dental chair, embarrassment
and fear of the unknown. The cause of dental anxiety is usually a previous
bad experience, but can be caused indirectly through horror stories
about dental treatment from family, friends and even the media. What
do you fear most about going to the dentist? Just the thought of having
a needle inserted into your cheek and a cavity removed from your tooth
is enough to bring tears to the eyes. However, surprisingly it is not
the actual dental procedure that most often terrifies patients. According
to surveys, the site of a needle and the sound of the drill were the
two most feared elements of dentistry.
Controlling Dental anxiety
Please choose a dental clinic having clean atmosphere, friendly environment
and close to your home. Take an early appointment as first patient and
tell the receptionist that you are nervous about treatment. This first
appointment with your dentist will usually be to discuss your fears
about treatment and to do an initial examination of your teeth.
This is the simplest method of treatment for nervous patients. It involves
a careful and sympathetic approach from the dentist, with explanations
of what is being done and allowing the patient control over the procedure.
Some patients may want to bring a friend/family member along for support.
It may also be possible to play relaxing music or to watch a video while
Of course, the most important way to reduce the pain involved in maintaining
oral health is by focusing on preventive care instead of the treatment
of problems. If you've put off going to the dentist for years and have
neglected regular flossing or brushing, you may be experiencing advanced
stages of tooth decay or gum disease - both painful problems. The further
decay spreads, the more radical the treatment required. This causes
trauma to the tooth and gums that results in discomfort.
Advances in Dentistry
Dentistry has come a long way over the last few years and many of you
will be surprised on your next visit. Even if you have put off going
to the dentist and are experiencing problems, your dentist has new ways
to provide relatively painless treatment. For invasive procedures such
as wisdom teeth extraction, biopsies and complex root canal surgery,
nerve block are often administered. This involves the injection of an
anesthetic to block sensation to the nerve that sends pain signals to
the brain. By blocking the nerve with an anesthetic, the dentist can
numb the area requiring treatment for a specific period of time. To
eliminate the discomfort associated with injections, topical agents
are applied to tissues prior to the injection.
whatever the new advances in dentistry "A clean soothing atmosphere
and a calm, reassuring dentist can make your next dental visit more
Dr. Khan's website "www.aikodental.com" for more information
on oral and dental health.
Have you just discovered
that your precious photographs are getting damaged? If you are a victim
to such an incident, the following tips will help you in future damage
hold photographs and negatives at the edges. The acid in human skin
oil will cause permanent damage over time.
· Keep your
photograph collection in the best environment you can provide. Do not
store them in attics or basements; cracked image surfaces and mould
are among the possible consequences.
store photographs in good albums such as the ones where you stick them.
It allows you to rearrange painlessly and seals out outside elements.
· Never throw
away the negative sleeves that photo labs provide. Keep negatives in
those and label them for future reference.
you store photos in a box put some silica gel packs in the box to keep
· Make it
a monthly routine to examine your photo boxes and see if they are intact
· Never store
photographs in brown kraft paper envelopes or coloured paper envelopes.
The chemical in such materials are harmful for photographs.
· Each photographic
negative and print should have its own enclosure providing physical
support and protection. Appropriate envelopes or sleeves can be either
archival quality paper or plastic. Paper envelopes are opaque but provide
a suitable surface for writing information about the photograph; clear
plastic enclosures allow viewing of the photo without directly handling
· Once housed
in appropriate folders, sleeves, or envelopes, photographs are usually
best stored flat in archival quality boxes.
of similar size should be stored together in enclosures that are the
Try out these tips
and see for yourself. Your photographs will stay in better shape and
long list of advantages of Breast-feeding
Breast milk is nature's
own wonderful way of providing the best food for the newborn baby. It
is well accepted that breast milk is the best. According to scientists
breast-feeding is protective in terms of physical, cognitive and psychological
well being. The advantage of breast-feeding is countless. We present
only a few of them.
Human milk consists
of more than 100 separate constituents of which few are available to
the bottle-fed infant. Breast milk is nutritionally superior to any
formula on the market. It requires no sterilisation; it is always fresh
and at the correct temperature. Breast milk is your baby's first immunisation.
It contains antibodies and immunoglobulins. Breast fed babies are less
likely to be overfed, because when their tummy is content they stop
sucking at will. Breast-feeding costs no money. Breast-feeding creates
special bonding between the mother and her infant. Breast-feeding is
safer, easy to practise and manage, it is the simplest way.
There is very little
risk of infections of breast milk and there is no hassle of preparation,
sterilisation of milk bottle and storage of prepared milk bottles. In
contrast with boiled cow's milk and other processed milk formulas, human
milk is a live secretion and contains enzymes, hormones and other substances
which have very important function in human body. These properties are
destroyed when milk is boiled or otherwise processed.
The list of advantage
goes on and on. Need we say more?
A DIFFERENT SKY
They say spending
forty days and forty nights together makes one stale to the other.
That is all it takes to get use to a person's mind, body and the estimated
and assumed figure of a soul. That's how long it takes to find out
how many creditors are knocking on the door for past due bills, how
many times a month she needs to pluck her eye brows and wax her upper
lips, and how many days does a carton of milk last between two people
consuming different portions, with different gulps for two different
hearts trying to mend for each other. Once one finds the solution
to his favorite white and her favorite turquoise with a baby yellow,
or finds the coupons for saving extra cash at the local grocery store,
solves the decision of having a joint or separate account, it's over,
he is passé, she is unoriginal, no longer are they fresh and
exciting, newly weds acting new with the aura of the beyond, living
off of good memories of the never returning past.
It's morbid? The
current statistics predict that 43% of all marriages in the USA will
end in divorce. What's the formula for finding the percentage of Bangladeshi
divorces in USA? Marriages? Separations? How long does it take for
one to think of the word divorce and once it's spelled out how many
doors and walls and grounds does it break in a Bangladeshi mind? How
many relatives cry, and fuss and discourage and how many open new
doors? How many friends show their true colors and how many refer
her to welfare and food stamps? How many children that he dreamed
of dies with an abrupt wakening? And how many Bangladeshi children
is taken custody either by the Mothers or the Fathers and after how
many visits to the court does the alimony gets settled?
How many Bangladeshi
Muslim men pay off the kabin-nama dues to their wives, and how many
wives fight over the chunky gold jewelries calculating which is which
and whose is whose? How many brides cry during the first months in
USA facing disasters, devastations and disappointments wishing for
the existence of Rikshaws on the American streets, to take them away
to their parents or just for some fresh air? How many Bangladeshi
brides marry their husbands for green cards and citizenships of USA
and how many of them elope with their ex-boyfriends?
A couple has to
be separated for a whole year in the state of Virginia in order to
apply for divorce, New York does not allow "no-fault" divorces
or ones based on incompatibility or irreconcilable differences and
in TX a person has legal grounds for divorce if the marriage has become
insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that
has destroyed the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and
prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation. What's the
Bengali definition of reconciliation or conflict of personalities?
How many Bangladeshi women and men are living in reconciled marriages
and how many of them have fled from on marriage to the next to find
their pieces of settlements, squaring off differences to live and
How many awkward
silences does it take for a man to fall out of love? How many abrupt
meetings start a relationship? How many sweet words weave a happy
nest? And how many harsh words does a Bangladeshi woman take before
she should move on? How many Bangladeshis grow up wishing their parents
got a divorce forgetting the boundaries of tradition instead of exposing
their children to a marriage full of emptiness and misery? And how
many Bangladeshi children pray every night for unbroken homes?
How many wedding
pictures 4''x3''s and 8''x12''s get taken down by womanly or manly
hands from walls and how many of them get ripped? How many red wedding
saris get abandoned in locked suitcases? How many weddings formed
to be broken does a Bangladeshi attend during a year? How many tears
does a mixed tape with songs after songs from the "better days"
Among all the
do-gooders and life-savers and info-seekers in the Bangladeshi Community
abroad can someone track down these numbers for me? Can someone conduct
these surveys collecting accurate data digging through skin-deep tradition
and fake smiles? Can someone give me some good solid digits, not odd
but even, so we all can know we are not alone?
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