Delta Dental has released a study that indicates dentists top the list of health practitioners Americans want to see more frequently. What does this tell us about U.S. citizens? There is an obvious dilemma here that is keeping people from visiting their dentist as often as they should.
If you are one of those avoiding a visit to your Port St. Lucie dentist, read on!
What Keeps People from Visiting the Dentist
Let’s face it: No one likes to visit the dentist. The mere mention of the word “dentist” brings to mind the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office. Many people immediately have thoughts of anxiety over potential pain and discomfort. Then there is the potential for embarrassment and judgment if it has been months or perhaps years since your last visit.
The problem with avoiding the dentist for these reasons is that the longer you avoid the dentist, the more you need to worry about these things. When you don’t see your dentist for preventive care on a regular basis, small problems in your mouth have the opportunity to grow into big problems. Bigger problems tend to be less comfortable and more painful to fix—not to mention more expensive.
One tiny cavity that is neglected can snowball into an infection that needs root canal therapy. If the patient doesn’t get the root canal, the infection can grow, meaning a tooth might need to be extracted. Then a dental implant is needed to replace the missing tooth.
If that one cavity had been filled while it was still small, extensive—and expensive—dental treatment could have been avoided.
Visit Your Dentist Twice Each Year
Stay on top of your oral health and avoid the dental “dilemma” of putting off appointments. Call your Port St. Lucie today!