Dental Pain Tolerance & Dentistry for Softies

by Dr. Joe :) · 57 comments

You Don’t Need Nerves of Steel to Enjoy a Healthy Beautiful Smile

A few years back I did some volunteer dental work in remote villages near the resort town of Huatulco, Mexico.

Volunteer Dentistry in Mexico for Rotary

Volunteer Dentistry in Huatulco Mexico – It

Beautiful place. Beautiful people. Bad teeth.

Most of the people I saw had never been to a dentist before. Looking into their mouths indicated years of suffering. These people didn’t seem the type to ever complain about such things.

In fact they were great patients. No drama in the dental chair. No flinching at injections. Nothing.

What made them so calm and stoic in their manner?  My guess is the day-to-day challenges and hardships they endure. They don’t live pampered lives free of pain and inconvenience.

I found Dental Pain Management to be less of a concern down in Mexico. Overall, expectations and standard of care were  much lower.

We’re softies here…

Back here in Toronto, Dental Pain Management is at the top of my priorities.

What’s it mean?

My belief is that here in North America, many of us live a comfortable, sheltered existence. We’re far less tolerant of pain and hardship than those in other parts of the world.

We’re softies here…

Dental Pain Tolerance

We live a cushy life and our pain tolerance is lower. Particularly for our children.

Apparently there’s no urgency to grow up these days.

I take one look at my own children and I know this is true.

Now I came from a family of 8 children and compared to my father’s depression-era childhood, I had it pretty soft.

My father would tell those “Back when I was young…” stories about harder times. I do the same to my children and they roll their eyes.

I look at my 5 grown children and they’re living the life of Riley. My four older boys are now in their 20’s but still holding on to their teenage ways. Apparently there’s no urgency to grow up these days.

With a soft life, tolerance for pain is less.

Dental pain tolerance is practically zero and that’s understandable. Dental pain is nasty. Besides, people already hate dentists. They don’t need additional reasons on top of that.

Dentistry for Softies

Dental Care for softies

Are you a Softie about Dental Care?

If you have grown children still living in your basement, I can’t help you with that. Heck, I could use a few pointers myself.

What I can do is help you and your loved ones with comfortable dental care. Dentistry for softies.

Nowadays, comfortable dental care is the norm. Children can grow up today without fear of going to the dentist. Without the anxiety of expecting things to be difficult and uncomfortable. Adults can finally relax and let go of that anxiety they’ve been feeling for so long.

We’ll pamper you at Royal York Dental. We’ll make things easy for you. Gentle, comfortable dental care with all the modern conveniences.

Spa Dentistry? Perhaps that goes too far. After all, people want FAST dentistry so they can get back to the things they would rather be doing.

If I wanted a full spa experience I would go to the spa. Still, a little pampering at the dentist is always appreciated.

Fast, convenient, comfortable dental care – Dentistry for Softies – that’s what people want.

Stay healthy and keep smiling!

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Dr. Joe :)


Dr. Joe Bulger

About the Author: is a West Toronto dentist. He’s also the owner-founder of Royal York Dental – a respected dental clinic serving Etobicoke since 1950.

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