Don’t Delay Dental Treatment! (Why These Excuses Don’t Fly)

schedulingMy teeth are fine; I’ll go if there’s a problem. Going to the dentist is expensive. It’s uncomfortable and/or I’m scared when they clean and work on my teeth.

Do you use one of these excuses? All of these are reasons people avoid going to the dentist every six months for a check-up. And none of these are good enough reasons.

My teeth are fine; I’ll go if there’s a problem …

If nothing is hurting and you think your teeth are fine, that is not a reason to avoid a regular check-up and cleaning. Gum disease and cavities don’t just pop up suddenly — they take a while to develop.

A simple, small cavity that isn’t causing pain can be treated with a quick, less expensive filling. Once the decay has reached the nerve of your tooth and is causing pain, the likelihood of a filling fixing the problem is slim, and you are looking at much more extensive, expensive dental work.

Going to the dentist is expensive …

It is true that dental care is not cheap. In fact, more than one in three Americans delays dental care because of their financial situation, according to a 2013 survey by ORC International and Aspen Dental.

Still, it is much better to spend the money on maintenance than to let a problem fester and wind up in the emergency room with a severe toothache and have to have teeth removed. Gum disease and tooth decay are preventable and controllable diseases, and if left unchecked, they can lead to additional health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as premature births or low-birth weight babies.

Extensive dental work and other health problems are much more expensive than regular check-ups/cleanings and doing your own regular flossing and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

It’s uncomfortable and/or I’m scared when they clean and work on my teeth …

Dental anxiety and dental phobia are real; it is estimated that 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans avoid the dental treatment they need because of this kind of apprehension.

Help is available with conscious sedation, a safe and effective modality available through dentists with training in this area. Enlighten Dental Care offers three different types of conscious sedation: oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation. For more information, click here.

In addition, it’s important to remember that dentistry has changed a lot over the decades, and if you are basing your fears off of what you remember as a child, don’t. Today, the sound of the drill can be drowned out with a simple iPod, and there are needle-free alternatives for anesthetics!

Don’t delay your dental maintenance … schedule your Enlighten Dental Care appointment today.

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