Why Do You Avoid the Dentist?

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People have lots of reasons for avoiding the dentist.

Some have had bad experiences in the past, some don’t think it is very important and others are just plain terrified.

Whatever the reason, regular dental visits are too important to skip. Think about the use and abuse your teeth get every single day! Is it any wonder we want to check them every six months to make sure everything is OK?

Here are several excuses that people use to avoid visiting the dentist:

  • I don’t have dental insurance. Well, dental insurance typically doesn’t cover very much anyway and if you stick to regular dental hygiene visits and practice good oral health care at home you will be surprised at how little your preventive care will cost. Taking care of your mouth while it is healthy helps prevent expensive situations from popping up in the future and if we do discover a problem it usually costs a lot less to deal with it early. A good example is tooth decay – a small cavity can be filled very easily but if it is ignored it will become a very large cavity, which can turn into a much bigger problem including root canal and a crown.

  • I don’t really care how my teeth look. That’s OK but good oral health is about a lot more than a pretty smile (although most people like a nice smile). Oral bacteria can travel throughout the body and has been found everywhere from the heart to inside tumors. Keeping your mouth healthy is key to keeping good overall health.

  • I am just plain terrified. We understand patients who have dental anxiety and fear. Using sedation dentistry we can treat years of neglect and dental damage while you are completely relaxed. Different people require different levels of sedation so we offer a full range of options, from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to IV sedation. You can have a beautiful healthy smile despite your anxiety!

Wilbanks Team