Overcoming Fear of the Dentist

iStock_000008235598SmallDentists recommend that you go in for a checkup at least once a year. Many people tremble at the thought of even making a dentist appointment, much less keeping it. Unfortunately, poor dentist experiences in the past and different phobias means that people are often scared of going to the dentist.

An annual checkup is essential for the health of your mouth. Bacteria and viruses can easily spread through your teeth and gums if not treated. Preventative measures such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are important, but they can’t take the place of a dentist. Even so, good oral hygiene will make your dentist visits a lot less painful, because it will be less likely you will have cavities or worse.

Even good oral hygiene can’t eliminate the fear for all people. Past experiences, among other things, can force people to develop a real phobia about the dentist. This makes it almost impossible for people make their appointments.

An good way to fight this fear is to find a good dentist that is used to working with people who have these fears. Do a lot of research beforehand to find a good dentist that can address your specific needs. If there are none around you, take a vacation once a year to visit one you like. Going on vacation can help relieve a little anxiety, and you’ll know you will be able to relax and recover the rest of the time.-

Don’t let the fear of the dentist stop you from going. If you struggle with dentist phobia, do some research to find one that handles cases such as yours. It can help you relax and feel better about your situation, and will be much healthier for your teeth.