I’m afraid to go to the Dentist!

Has embarrassment prevented you from visiting the dentist? Why? Patients have told me things like, “The dentist is going to fuss at me because I haven’t been there in a while”. Or the one I’ve heard a million times, “I’m afraid of what they are going to find or say”. Most dentists understand this and you are NOT alone in feeling that way. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that dentists strive to make the dental appointment a positive, rewarding, educational and most importantly a “pain-free” experience.

If you do have a fear, questions, or concerns, let your dentist know. Most people don’t see their dentist as an educator, but they are. Dentists are trained to address all of your oral health concerns and dental needs. Then provide you with solutions to fix them. If money or insurance has kept you from the dentist, let them know. Most offices have flexible payment options, like Care Credit, Chase Financial or Dentalbanc.

What will happen at my first dental visit?

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to a dentist, you may be overwhelmed by the new technology, and realize “You’re not in Kansas anymore”. Technology like, diagodent laser cavity detection, computers is every room, and cameras the size of small ink pens that photograph your mouth. But even with all the technology, the most important part of the initial patient exam is “building a rapport and the mutual trust between patient and dentist”. This is irreplaceable and a lot of times underrated.
An initial dental exam consists of x-rays, an oral cancer screening, full periodontal charting, scanning teeth with laser cavity detection, digital photographs of your smile, teeth and gums. This information is then thoroughly discussed with you. What are your concerns? What are your needs? What are your desires? This information and patient discussion are then converted into a “treatment plan”. A treatment plan is basically a dental road map that shows where you are, and where you want to go.

I don’t need to visit the dentist, nothing hurts. Right?

Wrong! Most severe dental problems don’t hurt, like Periodontal Disease or gum disease. Gum disease, for years, has been linked to diabetes. Several studies have shown that gum disease may increase your chances of heart disease and stroke. Your teeth and gums are not just dangling in space. They are connected to the rest the human body. So if you don’t visit the dentist for your teeth, then visit the dentist for your heart.

Remember, if the mouth is the gateway to the body, then you can’t have a healthy body without first having a healthy mouth.

If you have a question or would like dental information, don’t forget to “Ask Dr. Pierson”.

Author Pierson Dental

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