If you have teeth that have gone too long without being checked, cleaned, helped, or repaired, you aren’t alone. In fact, embarrassment of being lectured by the dentist is the major reason people put off going to the dentist. “My teeth are the worst the dentist has seen, and I’m going to be judged. For sure, I’m heading for a lecture,” is a common thought. It creates fear of going to the dentist and the fear leads to not going to the dentist.
“I understand the embarrassment,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix Cosmetic Dentistry office. “But your dentist has seen a lot of teeth, many worse than yours. We’re not here to judge, we are here to help you keep your teeth and bring back a good reason to smile,” she adds.
Times have changed in the dental office. According to the website, DentalFearCentral.org, “Embarrassment is perhaps THE most common concern voiced by people who haven’t been to a dentist in a very long time. It may come as a surprise to some that the days when “the lecture” was part-and-parcel of a visit to the dentist are gone. Dentistry has evolved into an industry which supplies a service to the potential customer. . .”
A long time ago, some dentists thought that a stern lecture would help patients take better care of their teeth. But when those patients stopped coming back, dentists realized the better way to encourage good dental health was to educate, encourage and give patients an experience that is comfortable and reassuring.
It’s highly unlikely your dentist will give you any lecture. Dentists see bad teeth every day, and their interest in is enlisting your help so you will keep your teeth gums in good shape.
“Decay is an infection,” explains Dr. Ford, “and an infection spreads. There are still people who die of tooth decay. The job of any dentist is not to embarrass or shame someone, it’s to stop decay,” she says.
So make an appointment to see your dentist, because only you can take the first step to healthy teeth.