Mention the dentists to some people and they recoil in horror at the mere thought of being in that chair, having someone digging around in their mouths with metal tools. Mention it to others, and they shrug; couldn’t care less. No matter who you are, whether you like or hate going to the dentist, none of us actually need to visit the dentist for certain services anymore.
Other times, we should visit but we prevent ourselves from receiving the care we need. We make up excuses as to why we don’t need to book an appointment. Let’s explore all this further.
Many people simply don’t want to get into that chair and have a light shone into their eyes, while someone pokes around their gums and teeth. Dental anxiety is a completely understandable feeling, but it’s often unfounded. The nerves in our mouth are not as sensitive as other nerves are. Our gums can be sensitive and touching them with pointy tools can be discomforting.
Being in a chair, lying back and having your mouth kept open by a tool can make some people feel helpless. Our oral health is not something many of us have a clue about. We know how to heal cuts, bruises, sprains and even infections. However, when it comes to teeth, gums, nerves etc, we don’t have any knowledge on how to heal this area and it makes us feel like we have to be too trusting in someone else.
The Fear of Braces
Do you have a fear of fitting conventional metal braces? Adults that have crooked teeth fear going to the dentist to have this done because they know the discomfort their children went through or are still going through. However, you need not fear this or the dentist because invisible braces have taken over. The mold will be sent to your home, you’ll imprint your teeth onto it, send it back and then be sent your invisible braces. Instead of 12-18 months, they set your teeth in 6 months.
Perhaps the most common reason is, just being too lazy to pay our dentist a visit. It’s nothing complicated, it’s purely the fact that we think we can get by. However, being lazy with our health is dangerous. A Small problem can snowball into a much larger problem that will cost you more. It’s also the fact that we don’t take our oral health as seriously. For chest pains, we want to be first in line to visit our doctor. A toothache is something we simply roll our eyes at and this is not the intelligent response to have.
If we think our oral hygiene is quite poor, having someone take a look up close can be embarrassing. This is not something that should hold us back from caring about our teeth and gums!
Many of us feel that the dentist is a hassle and a chore. But, none of these reasons are valid and we should really start to care more about our oral health. Do any of the reasons above, hit home with you?