Many people experience anxiety about going to the dentist. They may be afraid of painful procedures or are afraid they haven’t been taking proper care of their teeth. The truth is, going to the dentist does not have to be a scary event, it can actually be something to look forward to. Let’s look at some reasons why there’s no need to be afraid of the dentist.
They’ve seen it all!
If you’re embarrassed about how long it has been since you’ve seen a dentist or the state of your teeth, you don’t need to be! Dentists see patients from all walks of life with teeth in all states of health and will not judge you for any reason. Their main goal is to help you maintain your oral health, not lecture you on not coming in often enough.
Procedures don’t have to be painful.
You may be nervous about needing a tooth pulled or a cavity filled. Fortunately, your dentist will have medication to help block pain and calm your nerves. They will also explain things you can do at home, like using ice packs or over the counter medication to help manage the pain you might experience after a dental procedure.
Oral health is essential to overall health.
Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Your dentist will help educate you on ways to take better care of your teeth and mouth that you may not already be using in your everyday life.
You can set a good example for your children.
By showing your kids that going to the dentist can be an enjoyable experience, you can set them up for good habits that will last a lifetime. Healthy smiles can run in the family!
If it has been a while since you’ve had a dental exam or have any questions regarding your oral health, contact Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental arts today for an appointment.