Of course nobody ever truly looks forward to going to the dentist. Many people, however, will come up with every excuse in the book not to go. Despite how you feel about going to the dentist, this is one appointment that should not be avoided. Small problems with teeth can turn into much bigger problems, which means the sooner dental problems are found, the easier and less expensive they are to treat. Here three excuses that shouldn't stop you from going to the dentist.
1. You're Afraid It's Going to Hurt
At one time in the past, going to the dentist could be downright scary, as they didn't have many of the advanced tools and technology that are currently available. Thanks to such advances, dentists can provide pain-free dentistry services.
Besides improved dentistry tools and equipment, many dentists offer dental sedation, which is usually either inhaled or taken orally. This sedation not only prevents you from feeling pain, but it helps to calm your nerves and help you feel more relaxed during the appointment.
2. You Haven't Been to the Dentist in Years
Some people go a decade without going to the dentist. For others, it might even be longer than that. Whether you haven't been to the dentist in five years or 20, don't let this be an excuse not to go.
Even if you're feeling embarrassed or ashamed, it's a good idea to get your teeth checked. If it has been a long time, you will most likely need to have the following done:
- Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
- Complete checkup
During the discussion time, your dentist will tell you when to schedule your next appointment. This will depend on whether or not there are any concerns about your oral health. In most cases, it's wise to see the dentist at least once or twice a year.
3. You Don't Have Dental Insurance
Dental insurance can be nice to have as it usually helps to pay for routine exams and dental cleanings. If you don't have this type of insurance, however, don't let it stop you from going to the dentist. Barring any major dental problems, going to the dentist is relatively inexpensive.
You may have to call around to find the most affordable options, but on average a dental checkup that includes x-rays and a cleaning costs $288. If you don't have the money, many communities have dentists who provide free or low-cost dental care.