Are you anxious when contemplating visiting your dentist? Many people are. If visiting a dentist makes you especially uncomfortable, let them know and talk with them about a hand signal you can use to indicate you feel pain or are afraid. Many patients have found this gives them more confidence.
Do you feel your dentist (or family member) will scold or belittle you for not taking better care of your teeth? Well, that’s actually bad for business and most dentists have an interest in speaking kindly to their clients.
Some avoid the dentist because of fear of the expense and that may be well founded in view of lost jobs and lost dental insurance these days. But if it is possible for you to have a checkup now, you may avoid problems and expensive treatment in the future. In many places there are different levels of dental services to suit your circumstances. Even the most basically equipped dental office will probably have X-ray equipment and a high-speed drill. The cost of local anesthetic is low enough for most people to afford it, even those with limited resources. And frankly, even if the cost of anesthetic were high, who wouldn’t opt for it?
Of course, dentistry recommends preventive maintenance – and that includes working with their efforts at home to complement what they do at their office. Dentists usually recommend having regular checkups once or twice a year, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. During the checkup your dentist will probably take X-rays and examine your teeth carefully for caries and any type of cancers.
Using a local anesthetic and a high-speed drill, he can usually fill any cavities he finds without causing you too much discomfort. For those who are especially reticent, a few dentists now use lasers or decay-dissolving gel, which can reduce or even eliminate the need to use a drill or a local anesthetic.
With children, dentists pay special attention to the newly appearing molars to see if they have any fissures or grooves on the biting surface that will be difficult to clean with a toothbrush at home. The dentist may recommend covering such grooves with a sealant to make the tooth surface smooth and easier to clean.
Here is a popular dentist-recommended tool for superior dental maintenance at home for you and your children (this one cleans BETWEEN teeth too):
Oral B Vitality Floss Action
- Cleans significantly better than a regular manual toothbrush
- Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Electric Toothbrush – MicroPulse bristles get between teeth and along the gum line for a deep clean
- Two-minute timer: Pulsates to signal recommended brushing time
- The Oral-B Vitality Floss Action rechargeable electric toothbrush uses oscillating, rotating technology to surround each tooth for better overall cleaning than a manual brush. And its MicroPulse bristles get deep between teeth and along the gum line to remove plaque in these hard to reach areas
- Floss Action Brush Head: Provides cleaning and gum care with MicroPulse bristles
- Indicator® bristles: Remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, once they’ve faded halfway
- Includes Floss Action brush head with deep cleaning MicroPulse bristles 7,600 oscillations per minute
So remember, dentists are dedicated to relieving pain, not causing it. Dental checkups are no longer as traumatic an experience as your grandparents would probably remember. Since healthy teeth contribute to improved general health and can help you to enjoy life more fully, why not pay your dentist a visit? You may be pleasantly surprised.