When it comes to going to the dentist, most people don’t go as often as they should, if they go at all. A large percentage of the inconsistency stems from fear. People fear to go to the dentist for many reasons but the biggest reason is that they’ve had a bad experience with the dentist in the past, making them not go back. The other percentage of inconsistency comes from the financial end. Certain dental procedures can get expensive but maintaining your dental health is just as important as maintaining any other area of health. Failing to maintain good dental health is one of the biggest mistakes dental patients make.
We’re all human, which also means that we make mistakes but most of the mistakes that dental patients make are mistakes that they choose to make. People tend to take their teeth for granted, not realizing how good dental health has a huge impact on your overall health. According to the American Dental Association, bacteria and inflammation linked to periodontitis have been linked to the development of cardiovascular problems like heart disease, blocked arteries, and stroke. So, if having nice teeth doesn’t make you want to have good oral health, preventing cardiovascular issues should.
The thing that patients fail to realize about going to the dentist is that they should have the same motive as going to the doctor. Why do you think people go to the doctor? They go for preventative measures. People go get physicals to know what their overall health is and based on that, they’ll let you know which areas of health that need improvement. The same thing applies to your oral health. You go to the dentist for a routine cleaning and check-up and from that visit, they’ll let you the areas of your oral health that need work… this is typically when dental patients make their mistakes.
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Mistake 1: Avoiding Treatment Out of Fear
Although this is one of the biggest mistake dental patients make, it’s also pretty common among dental patients. It’s very common that people have a fear of the dentist but when that fear comes to the extreme of avoiding dental visits, that’s when the reality of dentophobia is apparent.
Dentophobia is an extreme fear of the dentist or dental work. People have avoided major procedures like getting their wisdom teeth removed all out of fear. They will turn to home remedies that alleviate wisdom tooth pain but those are only temporary fixes. The pain may leave for a few hours but it will return only get worse. The only way to truly get relief from wisdom tooth pain is to schedule an appointment to get your wisdom teeth removed.
Avoiding the dentist out of fear is also the biggest reason why people have oral infections and diseases.
Mistake 2: Not Going to the Dentist Because of Cost
Yes, certain dental procedures can be quite costly but so can certain medical procedures, yet people are more willing to pay for the medical procedures than the dental ones… So, what it all really boils down to is priorities and what people are willing to pay for. Avoiding the dentist and certain procedures all because you don’t want to pay for it is a terrible excuse, especially when you have the money to pay for it.
Now, it’s one thing when you can’t afford the treatment or procedure but even in that situation, you should at least try to save so that you will eventually be able to pay for it.
Mistake 3: Ignoring the Importance of Good Dental Health
For most people, going to the dentist isn’t at the top of their “to-do” lists, obviously, but it should be. As mentioned earlier, dental health has a huge impact on your overall health and well-being and you should give it the same amount of attention as you give every other part of your overall health. People tend to think that because they’re not experiencing any pain in their mouth, they don’t need to go to the dentist… and that’s where they go wrong.
If you’re one who has avoided the dentist for any of the reasons above, make it a priority to make an appointment to see your dentist for a checkup… you may have oral issues that are the underlying cause of other health issues you didn’t even realize. Your health is your wealth and never take it for granted.