If you were to guess how many people have not seen a dentist since the start of 2020, you might be surprised to learn that it had not changed all that much since before the pandemic began. While most stayed home for social distancing and stay-at-home orders directed by their local municipalities, people avoided the dentist for other reasons for many years prior.
Why People Avoid the Dentist
It may start in childhood. Fearing the dentist is a familiar feeling many children feel when they begin routine dental care as toddlers. Whether it is fear of having cavities and needing treatment, the sound of the drills or instruments, or the precarious way they have to hold their mouths open while a stranger cleans their teeth, it is not an uncommon emotion.
Many adults still suffer from this childhood anxiety of the dentist, more often adults are not going to the dentist because:
- They do not have health insurance.
- They believe they have excellent oral health.
- They do not have time.
- They are embarrassed.
Dentists understand that people have a lot of apprehensions when it comes to establishing a dental routine. For instance, in 2019, 1/3 of adults went without seeing a dental provider. Our dentists at Lowry Main Street Dental are working hard to relieve anxieties about the dentist and provide affordable care for those who may be uninsured. As far as having time, it is crucial to understand how vital prevention is for the health of your entire body.
Prevention is the Cure
Cavities are usually not a cause for worry. What does become worrisome is when tooth decay turns into an infection. These infections can start very subtly and, before a person notices the pain, it may have spread to the mouth, sinus, and brain. When a person neglects routine dental care, they are putting themselves at risk for overall health decline.
Our office’s exam, cleaning, and x-rays are affordable, at only $59 for new patients. This appointment allows the dentist to:
- Evaluate your overall oral health and hygiene routine
- Assess your need for tooth restoration or replacement
- Educate you about your risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Inspect your need for fluoride
- Evaluate your bite and jaw
- Demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Take x-rays or do other diagnostic procedures
Say Goodbye to Anxiety and Shame
We are proud to offer fantastic dental care. Not only do we work hard at alleviating anxiety by communicating with our patients every step of the way, but we would never shame anyone for avoiding the dentist. Honestly, we get it. But, we want to move forward and give you back the healthy smile you deserve. So, please schedule an appointment for an initial exam.
We look forward to caring for your mouth.