How do you feel about going to the dentist?
It’s rare that you ever read a tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook “I’m at the dentist… so excited to have my mouth cleaned!” In fact, it’s estimated that seventy five percent of Americans have some type of dental phobia, so it’s not just that they do not like visiting their dentist, but they are actually scared of having their teeth examined.
Take a look at the top five reasons why you shouldn’t hate the dentist.
1. Dentists Want to Help You, not Torture You: For many people, spending the day staring at other peoples’ mouths seems like a job only fit for the boogie man. But, in reality, dentists are not poking at your mouth to cause pain, but most go into the field because they like to help people look and feel their best.
Their job is to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Keeping this tidbit in mind during your next visit, might eliminate much anxiety.
2. One Bad Dentist Can’t Ruin Your Teeth for Life: So many people hate their dentist because they had one bad experience with one provider. Not all dentists are created equal. It’s important to find the best match for your mouth.
Ask friends and family for a recommendation or you can check out this tool. Using online tools like this one, or word of mouth, will help you sort through for the best fit for your care.
3. A Healthy Mouth is a Healthy Heart: A little known fact is that your mouth is a direct tunnel to your blood stream. Gum infections in your mouth can eventually affect your heart. That’s why you must get approval from a dentist prior to any major heart surgery.
It’s been proven that periodontal disease and or gum diseases are connected to heart disease. If you’re eating oatmeal and watching your weight, you should also be going to the dentist. Going regularly and keeping your teeth clean, helps to eliminate the chance of spreading an infection from your mouth to your heart.
4. They’re There When You Need Them: If you see a dentist regularly, and follow their instructions it’s a lot easier to get an appointment with them when something goes wrong.
Almost everyone has been in a situation where a filling has fallen out or a tooth has cracked and you need dental care urgently because of the pain. Having a relationship with a dentist will help you get coverage in a pinch, when you need it. If you’re coming in as a new patient with an urgent matter, they might be less likely to squeeze you into their already busy schedules.
5. A Healthy Smile Can Get You a Job: What’s the first thing people see when they meet you? Your smile! Having a bright smile and healthy gums during a job interview can give you the edge over other applicants. Visiting your dentist and discussing cosmetic treatments such as veneers and whitening options is not just superficial procedure, but an investment in your future.
Shoshana Davis is a freelancer for www.TopDentists.com, a dental health resource site. She loves her dentist!