The office of Beautiful Smiles of Long Island is specially trained to care for patients who are extremely fearful of the dentist. With so many people afraid of going to the dentist it is important to us to make sure our office is a safe space for those individuals. The mouth is a crucial part of the body to one’s health. Not going to the dentist and getting your teeth and gums treated and cleaned properly will lead to disease and even tooth decay and loss.
Why are so many people afraid of the dentist? Some people have experienced intense pain during a dental visit at a very early age. Of course, if that is one of your first experiences at a dentist, you will be deterred from returning. Others could have grown up never having gone to the dentist. Once they are older, they may not know what to expect at the dentist and will assume the stigma of fear some associate with the dentist. Another issue could be since they have never gone to the dentist, they may be embarrassed to go so late in life because of the state of their teeth from never having been professionally cared for. This is understandable.
Being embarrassed at the state of one’s teeth is a common matter. The mouth is also a very cosmetic part of a person’s body. When speaking to others, teeth are one of the first things noticed. Therefore, going to a medical professional to get up close and personal with such a sensitive part of your body can cause some anxiety.
It has been recorded that one in five people are afraid of going to the dentist. One factor to attribute to this is the audio sounds that occur during a dental visit. Some consider noises of drills and other tools to be a cause for concern. The physical feeling of dental tools against the the teeth can also be an uncomfortable sensation for people. Adding on additional procedures like numbing, tooth extraction, braces, and so on, there are many instances at the dentist that could leave little to be desired.
However, a human going through life without any preventative dental work is extremely detrimental to one’s health. Simply having clean, white, straight teeth are not the only sign of a healthy mouth. The gums are the barrier that help prevent inflammation that can cause damage your body. If the gums are harmed or infected, this can lead to gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to a number of other illnesses as well, stroke, diabetes, etc. When gum disease becomes so severe and the gums begin to recede, this can lead to tooth loss, thus, exposing the root of your tooth and gums to further infection.
Regular dental checkups are vital to a person’s overall health. Beautiful Smiles of Long Island truly understands the phobias and fears behind dentist visits. That is why we make a conscious effort in training to care for patients severely scared of visiting the dentist. We will do everything possible to assure our dental visits are comfortable. We want our patients to leave feeling relieved they had gone to the dentist and thinking, “that wasn’t as bad as I thought”. Contact our office today. Don’t wait! Let us know you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, or ever, that you are apprehensive or anxious. We understand and are dedicated to helping you resolve and face your fears!