Most people have concerns about visiting the dentist. Maybe you have anxiety because of a bad experience when you were young, or because you feel that it is not necessary to take care of your oral health unless you are in pain. Whatever your reason for not wanting to visit the dentist, it is important to get over this fear. Fortunately, visiting the dentist today does not have to be a traumatic experience.
What most people do not know is that if you have oral health problems then you can also have complicated health conditions. Infections, bone loss, bleeding gums all can be signs that you may have diabetes. Gum disease is often the main cause of tooth loss. This is called periodontal disease.
In addition, if there are infections caused by decay, and if you have an existing heart condition, the infection can travel through your bloodstream to your heart causing major complications. It is rare, but can be prevented by taking antibiotic prescribed by your primary care physician before visiting the dentist.
The best way to take care of any dental concerns that you may have is to call and make an appointment. If you do not consistently go for routine cleanings and yearly check ups with the dentist, problems can develop over time, usually leading to pain and the need for extra work. Everyone knows how horrible toothaches can be.
Whether you are 33 or 63 years old, it is common to be scared about visiting the dentist. To some, it may not be the visit that is creating resistance, but the dentist's fees. Fortunately, you can work the finances out with your dentist by using an outside finance company. Ask what type of insurance plans are accepted and get the most out of your benefits. Or set a payment plan that works best for you and your dentist.
Dentists today are up-to-date with all of the current technology to help you have a more enjoyable experience. For instance, x-rays are digital so that you receive 90% less radiation; which is less than you get when you go out in the sun. There are also options for anxious people to be more comfortable with certain procedures.
If there is something that you aren't happy about with your smile or you are embarrassed because of missing, chipped or discolored teeth ... relax! You can replace all those things with veneers, crowns, and even implants with no pain. Why not go to the dentist, relax, enjoy your experience and come out with the smile and confidence that you deserve!