My office routinely gets calls from people who say that they are morbidly afraid of dentists. Even more worrisome is that there are probably much more such people who do not even call any dentists.
The only thing that is scary about dentists is being scared of them. Get it? This might sound like a new take on “nothing to fear but fear itself,” but I do believe this to be true.
Receive the treatment you need
While it is understandable that people will have apprehension about visiting a dentist, mostly arising out of a prior bad experience, or lack of information, the reality is that there nothing optional about visiting a dentist regularly. A dentist and staff do not just clean teeth and recommend treatment; they also screen you for more serious issues such as gum infections, bacteria build-up, and oral cancer.
Delaying or avoiding dentist visit altogether could not only give you a less than optimal smile due to discolored or crooked teeth but can also give you bad breath. A clean, healthy-looking smile can have a positive impact on work, business, and social situations.
Prevent the worst with regular checkups
It is crucial to receive regular dental checkups at least twice a year, or once every six months. By doing so, people can prevent the worst case scenario of losing teeth to infection. With regular checkups, a dentist can identify the early stages of any infections and prevent them from spreading. Another goal will be to help monitor a patient’s oral hygiene habits at home.
It is important to ensure the patient uses proper brushing techniques when brushing. People need to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. When brushing the teeth, a patient must not overdo it and remember to brush gently. It is also crucial to be gentle when flossing and avoid hurting the gums.
During the appointment, I will go over all of these steps and more to help the patient. Give us a call for more information.
Do not hesitate to seek treatment today
The mouth is the gateway to the body. Poor oral health has been conclusively linked to serious health conditions including heart disease and diabetes.
I always tell my patients about the steps that I and my staff take to get the fear out of the way. At Natural Smile, we only recommend treatment that makes sense, and make sure that the patients are fully informed about the benefits of getting the treatment, and pitfalls of delaying or rejecting it.
I am fortunate to have had so many patients come in scared, and leave smiling. Don’t take my word for it – see reviews here. So if you know of someone who avoids visiting a dentist because of fear or other apprehensions, tell them “the only thing to fear is fear itself!”
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