Why do we avoid the dentist?

Let’s be honest, going to the dentist is not usually something that is at the top of anyone’s list for having fun.  Here at Colchester Dental, we want to make your experience with us as great as possible, and we want to assure you that visiting us is not something to fear. Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health, and as a result missing out on professional dental care can lead to health issues including oral cancer and heart disease. If you have dental fears, we understand, and have dedicated this blog to some key reasons why individuals avoid the dentist! Why Do We Avoid the Dentist? Dental Phobia – A large number of the population has an unhealthy fear of the dentist. The good news is, that dental phobias can be overcome by speaking with your dentist and explaining any fears you have and working through them together. If your fear, for example, comes from the unknown, having your dentist explain any treatment to you, before it happens, can go a long way to alleviate this fear.  Choosing the right dentist is also very important and at Colchester Dental we have a number of different dentists that you can choose from! Cost – Money is always a factor when making consumer choices. By making twice yearly visits to your dentist, your cost will likely stay down. This is often due to the fact that in your bi-annual check ups your dentist will find issues before they have a chance to develop into a larger problem and of course, at a larger cost. Time – All of our lives are busy and finding the time to book a visit to the dentist can be very difficult. Taking the time to look after ourselves should be a top priority, but for many of us, it is hard to do. Making regular visits to the dentist at a young age, is an important aspect of this. Once the habit is made, it is not difficult to maintain as we get older. Fear of Being Reprimanded – No one enjoys getting into trouble, and often individuals fear being reprimanded due to a past experience with a previous hygienist or dentist. This is why we encourage finding a dentist who has good, open communication and can explain things in a way that can help you feel more comfortable. Ignorance – Many of us have grown up believing the dental myths.  One of these, for example, is that if you have bleeding gums, it is normal.  Bleeding should never occur during flossing and/or brushing, this is a sign that you may be developing periodontal disease.  Gingivitis is the earliest stage of this, and with proper care and diligence, this can be reversed. Once it develops into periodontitis, it can be maintained but not reversed.  Ignorance or lack of education is never a good reason to not properly look after your teeth and gums. In conclusion, regular visits to your dentist are just as important as seeing your family doctor.  Studies have shown us that your oral health and physical health go hand in hand.  In order to stay healthy, you need to maintain your oral health.  This includes regular visits to your dentist and hygienist. Colchester Dental will be more than happy to help you develop this good routine and keep you smiling!