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Getting Over Your Fear of The Dentist

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Getting Over Your Fear of The Dentist

Afraid of The Dentist

People around the world are often scared of going to the dentist.  There's something about the drilling, cleaning, and flossing that sends chills down spines.  It may be the unknown mystery of a positive diagnosis for cavities or gum disease, or it could simply be the pain felt during a drill or extensive clean.  Almost everyone would agree that the dentist is not a fun place to go to, however many are terrified.  There are many different ways for you to start getting over your fear of the dentist.  


First, you must realize that the dentist's job is to help you.  It's not as if you're going for pain and bad information about your teeth, the dentist is a beneficial method to help your dental hygene.  If you portray your dental hygenist as a bad person who's simply out to get you, then this isn't going to make you want to get your teeth cleaned.  Many children have this viewpoint, and if it were up to them, they simply would not go.  If this is the case in your household, explain to your children that the dentist helps your teeth to get cleaned so that they do not rot, and more pain doesn't come.  Though having a cavity may be an unfortunate surprise you find at the dentist, realize that the dentist helps to prevent these in the future.

It is important to visit your dentist every 6 months.  With regular checkups, this could reduce your fear of the dentist.  This way, you won't be as scared of having any dental problems, because you're teeth aren't going long periods of time without a professional clean.  Also, it will make you more comfortable around the dentist, because you'll simply be used to it.  Instead of waiting a year or two between checkups, regular 6 month checkups are very important.

Another good way for getting over your fear of the dentist, is to clean your teeth more frequently.  If you brush your teeth two times a day, you are doing a lot.  It's hard to get cavities if you're taking care of your own dental hygene.  If you walk into the dentists office knowing that your mouth is very clean, you will sit calm in the chair with nothing to be afraid about.  If you know for a fact that you've taken care of your dental hygene properly, then you won't be as worried about the entire process.

Sometimes things of medical nature scare us, because there could be something wrong in our lives that we are about to find out about.  I random, unexpected diagnosis could occur, and it's part of the unknown that makes us so afraid of going to the dentist.  Just remember that we get our teeth cleaned for our own good, and going to the dentist is a necessary part of life.



Feb 27, 2011 3:23am
I hate the dentist. No matter how clean I keep my teeth, and regardless of how many clean bills of health I get during my checkups, I still can't help but check the closet at night for fear that the dentist is trying to get me in my sleep. :)
Feb 27, 2011 12:49pm
Good article. Usually dentists and their assistants don't mind if patients tell them they are scared. They welcome that information so that they can actually try to ease people's nerves and worries.
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