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Is there a specific phobia to describe having a fear of objects touching one’s teeth?
Hello Dr Pinder. Is there a specific phobia to describe having a fear of objects touching one’s teeth?
Hello I don’t think there is .
However there are things that you could do to help .
When did this start ?
Can you eat !
That’s sounds stupid , but that does involve things touching your teeth.
What happens if a fork touches your tooth ?
Desensitisation is a helpful way to overcome this , and you could start at home .
First look at an object , say a teaspoon , imagine it touching your tooth . It will make you feel squeamish , but that will settle .
Practice a relaxation breathing technique , then touch your tooth . Anxiety will settle .
Imagine dentist touching tooth , anxiety will settle .
See a dentist , tell them how you feel , do deep breathing before exam , and ask that they only look with a mirror . Anxiety will settle .
That will get you started ,.