New Mantra: I Like My Dentist

by Dr. Joe :) · 48 comments

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!

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1 Naperville Dentist October 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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It’s true, a beautiful smile goes a long way! Any good naperville dentist will help you get there. I didn’t even realize that the condition of your mouth has such a direct effect on your bloodstream and heart! Thank you for sharing this.

2 dental implants geelong October 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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The dentists have always made sure that the treatment what they give to everyone is the best one. The new generation needs more attention for the same. One should always love their dentist and trust them.

3 Dr Josephine October 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

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A good dentist offers advice to avoid lengthy procedures to maintain a disease free mouth and recommends recare every 6 months, This allows them to detect early signs of disease and provide appropriate treatment.

4 dental montreal October 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

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Very true!! A dentist always tries to keep you aways from any dental problem but most of the people afraid of them just because they thinks that dental treatment is a very painful process. And we all need to make them assure that dental treatment is not painful as they think about it.

5 Shanna White October 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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Thanks for the great article. I love going to the dentist!

6 dentate October 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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This is a good mantra to have as all dentists aren’t bad.

7 Dentist@Raritan Dentist November 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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I guess I will repost my previous comment:

Its interesting to hear patients often say “I hate the Dentist.” I don’t think we, as dentists, do anything to harm them, but instead patients are reacting to the fear of pain being created. If anything, when someone comes to the dental office, we are trying cure that pain or prevent it from happening. If anything, we’re your friend.

In addition…. we should be your best friend 🙂

8 Dee November 12, 2012 at 2:09 am

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I have to disagree with #1 and #2. I experienced 3 bad dentists in a row. Three strikes, you’re out! I avoided them for over 20 years and let their words torment me.

Just over a year ago, I decided I had better go because it was getting to the point that I couldn’t chew well anymore. I struggled to eat and was just down and out right humiliated with my teeth and found myself in hibernation for years. Unsociable and secluded.

The first dentist I consulted with left me feeling just as bad as the first 3, I thought… you’ve GOT to be kidding me! The second one I consulted with … well… he is my saviour! He is MY god. He completely changed my views about dentists and wish that every one of them in this world could be like him!

More about overcoming my fear of the dentist is on my blog.

9 Anna Cobb January 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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Dee…I am glad to hear you have overcome your fear of dentist! I read this and said to myself “There is some one out there just like me!” I don’t know if you will get this, due to this being so old, but I am currently going thru what u went thru…Bad experiences and 10+ years of no dentist visit….My smile is gaped …my back teeth are gone to the gum and its getting harder and harder to chew….I have given up my social life, friends and have broken up with my bf….because of my depression…I have no confidence..I don’t know where to go or what dentist to turn to…who will not judge me…I do know I will need dentures… I am so scared,.and have no one who understands my fear…Well, u probably won’t get this, but it was good to vent and let some of these emotions out…❤😢

10 Robyn May 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

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You are not alone 🙁

Still trying to overcom after 10+ years but have taken the first step.

11 Jacob November 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

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I love my dentist in sydney. He takes care of everything for me – from a toothache to my wisdom tooth needing extraction.

12 Dave November 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Great article! Very insightful, and #3 is very true.

13 Allen November 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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hey Joe,
surely!!!!!!! your points motivates people to go to there dentist, as people only scares of pain… if you give them a chocolate they will love it

14 oral surgeon orlando November 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

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You made several good points there. I did a search on the issue and found nearly all people will have the same opinion with your blog.

15 Anne Cy November 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

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I disagree with #1; haven’t we all met so many like Orin Scrivello, DDS (He’s the dentist played by Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors)! Kidding aside, certainly there are dentists who truly want to help their patients but from my own experience, I’ve met some who really are running a business and while they can still want to help their patients, sometimes you will come across others who don’t. Word of advice: stay away from those!

16 Joseph Tagliarini November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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Above all else you should be comfortable around your dentist. No one says you have to stick with a dentist you don’t like. If you aren’t happy it’s okay to give another dentists a go! Your oral health is too important to let fear of the dentist stop you from going.

17 Mike December 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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I agree with all points. Number 5 is true for sure. The confidence you have going into a job interview is crucial to giving a good interview and getting the job.

Hey…btw…what’s your twitter?

Cheers,

Mike

P.S. Are you implementing video marketing to reach the 2nd biggest audience on the internet (Youtube)?

18 AnchorageMidtownDental January 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

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This Five reasons Dentist Topic details is very use full i read also five reasons

1. Dentists Want to Help You, not Torture You
2. One Bad Dentist Can’t Ruin Your Teeth for Life
3. A Healthy Mouth is a Healthy Heart
4. They’re There When You Need Them
5. A Healthy Smile Can Get You a Job

19 Dr. Joe :) January 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

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Well said!

20 Apple Dental January 21, 2013 at 2:32 am

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I like all 5 point is that true very useful to me. 5 points. and true smile.

21 Tate January 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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Love this post. Dentist get a bad rap but they do really help!

22 moonee ponds dentist March 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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I’ve gone to the same dentist for over 20 years & he’s the best. Teeth are so important to our health & appearance. It’s one of the first things I notice when I first meet someone. It never bothered my going to the same dentist.

23 Alcan Dental Group March 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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I think its important to choose your dentist wisely, especially for your children’s sake. If your children grow up not fearing the dentist they will have a better time throughout life. Trauma from a dentist at an early stage of life will only lead to fear and (hate) of going to the dentist later in life.

24 Elmsleigh House Dental Implant Clinic March 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

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Great blog post. It is so true! A lot of hate for dentists seems to come from nowhere. The question is how to over come the fear. We don’t fear going to our doctors!! So why dentists!! I love this post it! Trust your dentist, find won who makes you relaxed and make it a positive encounter.

25 dental equipment store March 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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Your points will change anyone’s opinion about dentist. I everyone adopt this opinion then all are going to love their dentist and stay healthy .

26 moonee ponds dentist April 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

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I agree an expert dentist offers advice to avoid lengthy procedures to maintain a disease free mouth and recommends to visit the dentist every 6 months, This allows them to detect early signs of disease and provide appropriate treatment.

27 Services of dentists May 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

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Nice post Joe, I agree with you that not every dentist a bad one. I had some bad experience with my previous dentist but my current dental expert is very good. He is very friendly and takes care of everything. One of my friend recommended him to me. And I am really thankful to him.

28 adam July 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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I agree. Surveying friends and family is an easy way of finding a reputable dentist. But if you live or work in an area that doesn’t have a dentist that your friends have tried, then review sites which list dentists with user ratings can be a big help. Reading through these reviews makes it a little easier to find a dentist who has a history of happy patients.

29 best dental implants in bangalore July 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

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I was very scared of going to a dentist when I was a kid..Interesting to know that nearly 75% of Americans have dental phobia..

30 Lisa from Zap Yellow Teeth August 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

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I used to be afraid of going to the dentist, but that was because I stopped going regularly — so I feared that first visit after my hiatus. Now that I go regularly and bought an electronic toothbrush, I find that my cleanings go smoothly and going to the dentist is not bad at all. The better you take care of your teeth, the less stressful it is.

31 Josh September 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

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Dental offices and specialists aren’t all that bad! We are here to keep your oral health in tip top shape! Don’t forget that your teeth and oral hygiene is just as important as all other aspects of general medicine!

32 The Care Dental Implant September 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

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Brill blog, thanks! We specialise in enjoyable dentistry and have relaxation methods to calm our nervous patients during any treatment. This is a great post to understand why people can be nervous and to encourage people that we are here to help, and only want to make you smile 🙂

33 forumdental September 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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34 dental implants in Chicago September 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

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Very true facts are presented here about the dentist. People often fear to go to the dentists but there is nothing to worry about in it. A regular dental check up can help you have a sound oral health. And the improving dental technologies has made the treatment painlessa and faster.

35 Odontologijos Klinika Vilniuje December 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

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I think, there is no reason for hating them! Specially now, when we live in the new-technologies era. We don’t have to be afraid of the pain and so on…

36 Michelle Isidor January 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

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Thanks for the article. I now have my standards in looking for the best dentist that would be able to understand my needs and provide the best dental service.

37 mark February 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

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All joking aside, positive affirmations and visualisations can be very powerful in overcoming fear. I recommend it to my patients and many have benefitted!

38 walid from yellow teeth March 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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Amazingly informative blog! Visiting a dentist is vital in curing the detal trauma even after following every preventive measure and that can help to get cured faster. Thanks for sharing!

39 breaward01 November 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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That was nice to know about your dentist

40 Hampaiden December 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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I actually love going to dentist, funny how I have ended up reading this blog. But even though I’m slightly afraid of going there, I know the feeling I get when I come back home from there is just incredible!

41 Jari January 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

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And one fact which cannot be ignored is that some dentists are so attractive that people go there just for fun 😉

42 Dentures south Auckland June 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

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Dentists are like a magician medical field which brings a smile on someone’s face in an instant. Happy to have smile on my face because of them.

43 Harvey Chin June 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

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Hey Dr.Joe! Firstly of all I would like to thanks your for such a useful post. Its really true that majority of us dare from visiting dentist for proper care of our tooth. We get scare! But, doctors are not scaring! They take proper care of your teeth and brings a healthy smile on your face.

44 Edward Smith August 26, 2016 at 3:17 am

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A dentist always tries to give best dental care to their patients. A professional dentist does his best work to keep away a patient from any dental problem. If we take an example of pediatric dentist then he does many possible things to remove fear of a kid and create a kid-friendly atmosphere. So love your dentist.

45 Pujan Soni January 16, 2017 at 5:09 am

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Thanks Shoshana for great post. Really interesting.

46 Kuldeep Sharma January 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

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Hi Dr. Joe,
All mention reasons are very true. Very informative and positive post as well.
Thanks for sharing

47 Dental implant treatment in kolkata January 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

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Dr. Joe,
above reason are very true….

48 Pujan Soni February 9, 2017 at 5:58 am

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Hi Dr. Joe,

The reasons you mentioned here are really considerable, before go to your dentist for your regular dental checkup.

Thanks for sharing us.

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