Three common myths why people refuse to visit the dentist
We’ve heard and read dental horror stories about everything that can go wrong when visiting the dentist. The truth behind many of these unfounded fears mostly is based on peoples fear and not on scientific fact. Understanding and shaking off these unfounded myths can make your dental visit more comfortable.
Dental myth number 1: There is nothing wrong with my teeth; in fact, they feel fine.
Many people often put going to the dentist in the back burner because their teeth don’t have obvious problems or discomfort. In fact, many of the early signs of tooth decay or gum disease do not necessarily cause pain or discomfort. Many people will skip out on their annual regular dental check-up. What was once a minor dental visit could eventually become a major dental procedure. Dealing with dental problems before they develop into more expensive and complicated procedures is easier and won’t require invasive procedures.
Dental myth 2: Eating sugary sweets and drinks every day won’t cause tooth decay or affect my health if I brush.
Sweet and carbonated drinks are a favorite treat for many people. These are not just the only foods that can cause tooth decay. The natural sugars in fruits can also cause tooth decay. If you eat and drink sugary foods daily and think that this will not affect your health and teeth, you may be doing more harm to your health and teeth than you are aware. No amount of brushing can eliminate the harmful effects of daily consumption of sugary foods. Try to limit the number of sugary foods you eat and consider a healthier food alternative. If you eat lots of sweet products, chewing gum afterward and rinsing your mouth can reduce the harmful effects of sugar on your teeth.
Myth number 3. My dentist doesn’t listen to my concerns, and I have no control over my treatment options.
Some people are afraid to go to the dentist because they fear they have no control over their treatment. Sitting in the dentist chair can easily seem like your dentist can do just what he or she thinks. Dentists are trained to handle people who are afraid of the dentist. If you have concerns about your dental treatment or fears of a dental procedure, your dentist can help find an alternative procedure and help comfort your fears. For example, if you have a fear of pain from a root canal, your dentist could recommend sedative dentistry. Your dentist is there to help and answer your questions, which can help you relax during the procedure.
If you have questions concerning your oral health and dental procedures, please contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make your appointment.