Ideally you should visit the dentist for a cleaning at least once or twice a year to insure no plaque or tartar buildup. Bacteria buildup can end up leading to gingivitis, cavities, and other oral health problems. Exams are also needed to check for any other dental issues that may arise such as sores or bumps.
You may be unaware that you have an issue with your teeth or mouth, as some problems may be arising from under the surface or gum line. These are problems only an x-ray can find, such as impacted teeth, cysts, tumors, bone decay and swelling. However, it is understandable that you may have some fears or dental anxiety perhaps due to prior experiences. Here are some reasons you may be experiencing some dental anxiety:
Bad experience in the past
You may have some hesitancy with visiting the dentist if you have had a bad experience in the past. It is understandable that past trauma can leave you weary of future dental visits. A patient may be unsure whether a new dentist will understand their concerns, making them hesitant to make an appointment.
If you have gone years without a dental cleaning or getting a dental issue checked out, embarrassment may be a reason you are holding out on making an appointment. However, there is no need to be embarrassed. Dentists are professionals who have seen it all, and I can assure you they will not be phased, and neither should you.
A patient should feel comfortable and pain free during their appointment with little discomfort due to the modern technologies and medicine we have today. A good dentist will check in with you throughout your visit to ensure you are not uncomfortable, or in any pain. Which leads us into the next topic…
Find the right Dentist
Finding the right Dentist for you is the most important aspect when it comes to overcoming any hesitance you may have with going to the dentist. Finding someone you are comfortable with, and trust is the key to a pleasant and stress-free visit to the dentist. Make sure to do your research of not only the dentist but also of the office itself to ensure that it will be a right match for you.
If the unknown is something that makes you uneasy, then do not be afraid of asking questions before, during, and after your appointment. This will eliminate any uncertainty you may have and alleviate fears of the unknown.
Rushing for an appointment and possibly being late will leave anyone feeling stressed and uneasy. Make sure to give yourself time in case you get lost or there is traffic, that way you do not feel rushed. Arriving early also allows you time to ask any questions you may have.
Bring a friend/family member
It is always a good idea to bring someone to support you and make you feel like you are not alone during your appointment. Having a familiar face with you, may help to calm you down during a time where you feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable.
If you experience any sort of dental anxiety, it is best to know you are not alone. Studies show that dental fear is very real and is a phenomenon experienced by greater than 75% of the adult population to some degree or another. Here at Revitalizing Smiles we will do all we can to insure you feel comfortable and at ease in our office.