The mere thought of the sound of a dentist drill can cause fear in those scared of going to the dentist. Visits to the dentist can seem intimidating but they don’t have to be. Going to the dentist can be a positive experience and can really help keep you healthy.
Avoiding the dentist out of fear can have a lot of consequences. Dental problems like gingivitis, rotten teeth, abscesses and cavities can make you sick. There have been many studies linking poor dental health to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and systemic infections of the body. Studies have been done proving that in many cases of patients with bronchitis or other lung diseases, they had bad teeth. The bacteria of dental infections can spread to the heart increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks by seventy percent. A bacterium that accumulates in your mouth from poor dental hygiene can spread to the rest of your body and can cause people to be so sick they have to be hospitalized. Now those are things that someone should be afraid of.
Dentists have many new approaches to patient visits compared to 20 or 30 years ago. They now focus more on educating patients on how to take better care of their teeth and treat them with more compassion. Many avoid going to the dentist out of embarrassment. They know they might not have taken the best care of their teeth and they are worried the dentist will scold them or humiliate them in some way. If other people have made mean comments to them about their teeth, it increases the chances they will worry about a dentist doing the same. There is a new way of thinking in dentist offices though. The old authoritarian critical way of scolding patients is gone and a new more understanding and compassionate way of communicating with patients is being used. Dentists have found by being more communicative with patients about procedures and less critical, people have a more positive experience and are more willing to come back for necessary treatment.
Going to the dentist for regular cleanings can keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come, reducing your risks for other illnesses. There are amazing new procedures available today that make dentist visits something to look forward to. Imagine being able to smile with confidence again instead of being afraid for anyone to see your teeth.