Visiting your dentist can be a great way to learn how to better take care of your teeth or get some much-needed cleaning done.
But did you know that plenty of people out there dread the dentist?
Dental Phobia is so common that Colgate even wrote an entire article on it where they claim somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of people skip dental visits out of fear.
However, by missing out on these dental cleanings, you may put yourself at risk for all sorts of oral diseases. Even if you can’t stand the thought of having your teeth worked on, it’s clearly necessary.
Here are a few ways you can help yourself get over your fear of the dentist in time for your next teeth cleaning.
Educate Yourself Before Your Teeth Cleaning
Even if you’re afraid, it’s worth noting that teeth cleanings are common procedures. Every day, hundreds of cleanings are performed without any accident or injury.
As the saying goes, knowledge is power. You can keep the fear away by reading up on what you should expect during your teeth cleaning.
Your cleaning will typically take place in three distinct stages.
The first stage is known as scaling. During this part of the process, the dentist will use a small handheld tool to remove or soften any built-up calcium or plaque on your teeth.
Next comes the polishing stage, in which your teeth get a lovely shine. Aside from looking great, this step is important in preventing additional plaque buildup or surface stains.
Last but not least is the fluoride treatment. There are a lot of misconceptions about fluoride so let’s clear the most common fear up right now: no, fluoride isn’t dangerous. In fact, it’s used in water and toothpaste to strengthen enamel.
All in all, your cleaning should only take somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. You’ll be finished before you know it!
If you’d like to learn more, you can even request a sit-in with your dentist to watch a cleaning firsthand.
Learn About The Benefits of Teeth Cleaning
If you’re feeling anxious about your trip to the dentist, consider learning about the benefits of a cleaning.
First and foremost, your teeth will look gorgeous. Imagine how confident you’ll feel with a bright white smile!
Aside from looking nice, your breath will smell nice as well. Certain bacteria in your mouth can cause bad breath, but a cleaning will eliminate those harmful germs.
Finally, a cleaning is an investment in your dental future. By getting over your fear now, you’ll prevent possible damage to your teeth or gum diseases like gingivitis.
Taking that step into the dentist’s office may be hard right now, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Schedule A Cleaning Today
Dental phobia is a very real, very anxiety-inducing phenomenon. But we hope this article provided a little bit of help.
If you have any questions or want to schedule your teeth cleaning, contact Nicholson Family Dental today. We’d be happy to talk with you about ways to accommodate you and make you feel right at home.