I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
To say people put off going to the dentist is one very obvious understatement. Type in "I haven't been to the dentist in X years" in any search engine. The results will reveal scores of message board, blog, and social media posts from people noting they have not been seated in a dentist's chair for 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. Sadly, these people are not only neglecting their teeth, they are missing out on an opportunity to learn about serious health problems a dentist checks for during the session.
In addition to periodontal disease, a dentist may also look for signs of diabetes and pre-diabetes in patients. Based on recent statistics, 20% of dental patients who went through the screenings were discovered to have a diabetes-related condition. Had they not gone through the screening, the condition could have remained undetected for a much longer time. Diabetes can be life-threatening if not treated. The person who is afraid of going to the dentist for years and years could end up slipping into a totally avoidable diabetic coma.
Depending upon the location of the cancer, early detection yields five-year survival rates ranging from 75% - 93%. Once the cancer progresses from the early local stage to the regional or distant one, the chance of survival diminishes significantly. Again, those who avoid seeing the dentist for many years are taking great risks with their health.
Pregnant women who suffer from serious gum infections put their infant at risk for premature birth and other serious problems. This is due to the spread of bacteria from the mouth and gums to other organs.
Governed by Misplaced Fear
Even in the face of all these health risks, why do so many people opt not to undergo any dental services? Misplaced fear about embarrassment over what the dentist might say is a common culprit. Calming fears through the belief that, as long as the problem is "out of sight, out of mind", compounds troubles since this further delays treatment.
Look for Inspiration
Are you someone currently fearful about seeing a dentist? Perhaps you should watch an online video or read a magazine account of some who made the decision to see a dentist, surprisingly discovered a serious health issue, and overcome the condition. Tales such as these help you overcome fear because they reveal an overlooked truth about dental screenings: to help the patients overcome any problems that may be affecting their dental and/or overall health. Contact a local dentist, like Dr. Henry A Cathey, with any questions about your dental health.