Seven Protective Reflexes Every Dentist Should know

Flores, J.R.

Dentistry Today 35(4): 126-127


ISSN/ISBN: 8750-2186
PMID: 27245000
Document Number: 16863
There are certain intrinsic reflexes that are defensive responses the body uses for protection, and these reflexes are often seen as a disruption or obstacle to completing dental care. One or all of these mechanisms may be a reason for a patient's reluctance to seek general dental care, which can result in declining dental health. While the physiological actions of these reflexes can be executed voluntarily, the functional actions resulting from reflex initiation are involuntary, and it is these autonomic actions that are considered in this article.

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Seven Protective Reflexes Every Dentist Should know