Horror stories and dentistry related myths are among the leading reasons for which people avoid going to the dentist. A patient hears from a fried that X dentist doesn’t work well, that he had a tooth extracted and even now after six months he fights with a terrible infection.
Of course, there are good professionals and bad professionals, but such horror stories are not universally applicable.
Here are some myths and how they are debunked:
Dentists hate people with dental phobia.
This is not true, because several dentists get special training on how to help the patient relax so that the treatment can be performed without problems. Moreover, there are certain dentists who have got certification in sedation dentistry, which is the branch specifically helping people with severe dental phobia calm down and get sedated for the procedure. Thus, patients will not feel anything, and they will also not remember anything from the procedure.
The dentist is going to be perplexed by the state of my teeth.
Relax, dentists have seen much worse oral health conditions than yours. The job of the dentist is to treat properly your dental health complication, and he is not at all interested if you have 7 bad decays and missing another 5 teeth.
The injection that patients receive in their gums before the procedure is excruciatingly painful.
Not true, again. The dentist is most probably going to use a numbing spray, and after your gums have numbed, only then will he make the injection. Therefore, you will not feel anything at all.
The regular checkups are not important, as long as my teeth look good.
Again, not true because the dentist might discover some underlying conditions such as gum disease. If treated in its early stage, gum disease can be reversed completely.
On the other hand, if you wait until the disease makes ravages in your mouth, you are going to have to put up with permanent tooth loss, or other infections throughout your system.
Moreover, going for regular oral cancer screenings is also of primordial importance. The dentist can discover all kinds of malign lesions, and if oral cancer is treated in its early stages, it can be reversed. If not it may lead to death.