Taking The Pain Out Of A Visit To The Dentist There are many of us who don't go to the dentist regularly because it's either inconvenient, too expensive or you're just plain scared. But it doesn't need to be that way. Here are a few pointers (that I'm sure you already know, sometimes you just need someone to tell you the facts... again) to get you back into the dentist chair.
Consistent Oral Hygiene
This is just a fancy way of saying: Clean Your Teeth EVERY Day! Simple huh, but why do so many people leave this out of their daily routine? If you would just imagine all the sugar that you've eaten today sitting in the crevices of your teeth and while you sleep it eats away at your tooth enamel. Ensuring that you will have to make a visit to the dentist in the near future to fix up that decay that you are just letting sit there and fester. Don't let it fester and clean your teeth every day, twice a day is better. And this includes flossing, so don't forget that.
Don't Leave It Too Long Between Visits
So we know that you don't like (hate) going to the dentist. But you can either keep living with this fear as your teeth rot, or you can break this "cycle of avoidance". Are you avoiding dental care because of fear and then before you know it you have a tooth that is so bad you have a dental emergency that requires invasive treatment, which then reinforces the fear you have? Go and have regular dentist appointments where they can give your teeth a good clean and check for any problems emerging. That way you won't be having the massive abscess that even the most dentist-loving people would hate having treated. Give yourself a break and save yourself some of the pain by going to the dentist regularly.
Not all dentists were created equal. We've all heard, or had, the horror stories. My husband had a tooth extracted by our dentist, it took hours to pull with my husband having to hold his own jaw while the dentist sweated and heaved trying to get it out. That same dentist then had me literally crying after a root canal. We changed after that experience, and the first thing we did is ask our friends who their dentist was and if they liked him. The thing with dentists is: everybody has one. So it's not hard to get recommendations. We found a lovely dentist who sits down and talks through anything that he thinks needs to be done to our teeth. He talks about the options, the benefits and costs and totally helps to take the fear out of dental work. Sometimes it's the fear of the unknown that is the biggest problem.