Maybe it’s been a while since your last check-up…
Maybe you haven’t taken care of your teeth like you should…
Maybe you’re having tooth problems and fear judgment…
No matter the reason, many people refuse to go to the dentist due to embarrassment. Rest assured, no matter your mouth’s condition, these realities will help you face your fears and get back on track to a healthy smile:
• My teeth will be the worst the dentist has ever seen.
Reality: On average, a dentist has more than 2,000 patient visits a year. Decay, chipped teeth and unhealthy gums are all common conditions. Your teeth are like many others the dentist sees.
The longer you delay, the more decay. People who avoid the dentist are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease than those who make regular appointments.
• I don’t want the dentist to lecture me.
Reality: Thankfully, your dentist isn’t your mother and doesn’t want to reprimand you. Whether it’s financial constraints or not having enough time, dentists understand why people avoid appointments. They’re happy you’re there and want to keep you coming back so your smile stays healthy!
• My dentist will judge my lifestyle.
Reality: Dentists understand that no one person is perfect. The more they know about your habits, the better they can assist in your oral and overall health.
If you’re still uneasy about your appointment, try these 3 tips:
1. Communicate your concerns. Explain to your dentist why you’re embarrassed before your visit. Sharing your concerns with the dentist and dental staff will help them adapt their treatment to your needs and put you both more at ease while you’re in the chair.
2. Think of the rewards. Envision your new healthy smile. Addressing issues with your teeth is the only way they’re going to get better and achieve your vision. And the benefits go deeper than your teeth. Your mouth is a gateway to your overall health; taking care of your teeth can lead to a healthier life. It will all be worth it!
3. Try relaxation techniques Even after you have mustered your courage, walking through the dental office door can be stressful. Approaches like deep breathing to physical exercise to acupuncture can help keep you calm for your appointment.
Good luck, and know your smile will look and feel better!