Reasons People Avoid Dental Visits and Why They Are Wrong

The average person has at least considered some excuses to get out of a scheduled dental visit. After all, who enjoys visiting with the dentist? Aside from the rare individuals who never have cavities or other oral health issues, about everyone would prefer to stay at home or work and avoid the dentist's office altogether. Below, we take a look at some of the most common reasons why people skip their visits with the dentist. We also make the extra step of explaining the logic in such reasoning is deeply flawed.

The Fear of Finding out Dental Work is Necessary

In many cases, patients are not fearful of the dental cleaning. Instead, they are afraid of finding out they need dental procedures or treatments. Nobody wants to find out they have dental problems. Once the bad news is broken, the patient might get emotional, clam up or become angry. This is precisely why most people dread having their teeth analyzed by dentists. Such an in-depth analysis is quite telling regarding which patients thoroughly clean their teeth and those who rush through or skip this essential process.

The truth is the news will get that much worse if you skip your dental appointments. Procrastinate for years, and you will find your oral health evaluation proves quite costly as that many more restorations and procedures will be necessary due to neglect. It is better to pay for incremental dental treatment rather than deal with an uber-expensive, intensive restoration project that takes days if not weeks to complete.

The Fear of Dental Instruments

Some patients skip their dental visits merely because they dislike the sight, sound, and feel of dental instruments. After all, no one enjoys having their teeth drilled to remove cavities. In some cases, merely seeing the dental instruments is enough to trigger a patient to find the exit or start questioning whether they can move forward with the procedure in question. However, this outlook on dental care is flawed in that the latest dental instruments are much more advanced than those of yesteryear. Modern dental drills are so quiet that some produce almost no noise at all. These drills are expertly engineered to generate as little discomfort as possible.

Memories of bad Experiences at the Dentist's Office

Some people avoid visiting with the dentist as they went through some traumatizing treatments and procedures as a child or young adult. If you have been traumatized by a dental visit gone awry, do not give up! Try it once more, see how dental technology has improved and you will find your treatments and cleanings are surprisingly comfortable. In fact, you will even be provided with the opportunity to enjoy some entertainment be it in the form of headphones, your smartphone, listening to music, and watching TV while your teeth are treated.

Contact our office today and experience for yourself how much has changed when going to the dentist!

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The dentist visit is always painful

Due to the media, people believe that a dental visit is always painful. In reality, the pain is from an individual’s teeth and not the dentist. More often than not, an individual will not clean the hard-to-reach areas of the tooth, resulting in pain when the dentist cleans those areas. The pain is usually due to an infection or teeth that a patient does not properly clean. The important factor is that the dentist only wants to help the patient heal and not cause pain.

The dentist will pull out all my teeth

In actuality, a dentist will prefer to keep as many of the natural teeth as possible. People may not realize that a procedure, such as a root canal, only “removes the diseased pulp,” the American Dental Association explains and continues that “The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.” If the tooth can remain in the mouth and stay healthy, then the dentist will do everything in his or her power to keep it that way. A dentist will only pull a tooth if absolutely necessary.

The appointment will take forever

A dental checkup will only take as long as needed. The longer a patient waits between visits, the longer the appointment can take. If the appointment involves a dental procedure or surgery, then naturally, the patient will be notified of how long it will take. For the basic cleaning or checkup, patients can bring their iPod and play music through their headphones while the dentist works.

The dentist only wants my money

While some dental procedures and treatments can seem costly, they are completely worth it. In the statistic from the CDC, those patients with untreated tooth decay most likely had to have the tooth completely removed, which cost more than a simple cleaning every six months. If a dentist can catch the signs of infection early, treatment will be minimal and less costly.

As long as I brush twice a day, I don’t need to go to the dentist

Brushing twice a day and flossing once per day is important, but may not always be enough. A professional dentist can clean the hard-to-reach places and make sure that the teeth are completely free of infection. A dentist can also check for various oral diseases and offer the effective treatment options. For a low price, patients can receive the basic cleaning to ensure a healthy smile.

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DentistWhen you visit our Leawood dentist office for a childrens dental cleaning, we will remove the plaque and tartar on your child's teeth, but that is only the start. The cleanings are incredibly important because it allows us to remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on their teeth, in an effort to prevent both cavities and decay. Doing so twice a year is the best way to keep your children in excellent oral health. However, there is more that must be done. When you bring them to our office, we will also recommend:

#1 – An examination

Our Leawood dentist office always examines our patients' teeth to identify any signs of early decay. Waiting until a full blown cavity has developed is unnecessary and unwise. We can look at your child's teeth and find areas that are getting soft and identify any locations that could turn into decay. By applying fluoride, we may be able to reverse course. If we cannot because a cavity is already forming, we can remove the decay, clean the area, and provide them with a dental filling. The key is to identify and treat these issues early before your child ever feels a toothache. We view this as incredibly important for developing a positive view of dentistry and for keeping your child or children comfortable.

#2 – A fluoride treatment

After we are done with a children's dental cleaning, we typically recommend completing a fluoride treatment. This is the easiest way for us to strengthen their teeth and combat erosion. Many people are unaware that by simply eating, drinking soda, and brushing teeth too aggressively, the enamel on the teeth may start to erode. When it does, the teeth become more susceptible to getting cavities or becoming infected. By applying a fluoride treatment, we can strengthen the teeth to reduce this risk. In fact, this simple treatment can actually reduce your child's risk for developing cavities by 30 percent. That is certainly significant, especially when you consider that this treatment is cheap and easy for them.

#3 – Dental sealant

If we notice that your child has deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth, we may recommend that to place dental sealant on them. A dental sealant is a plastic-like substance that we place onto the teeth. It only takes a couple of minutes per tooth, but once it hardens, it creates a barrier that will prevent food and plaque from actually touching the teeth. As a result, food will not get stuck, children can easily brush their teeth, and their overall oral health will drastically improve.

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Here is what you need to know about brushing your teeth.

The two-minute myth.
A lot of people have been taught that as long as they brush for at least two minutes, their teeth will be clean.  This is only half of the story.  The two-minute rule is a good starting point, but you really need to brush for as long as it takes to get a good clean.  This may be longer if you have a bad toothbrush.  Feel your teeth when you are done and see if they are clean.  If you can still feel grime with your tongue then adjust your timing accordingly.

Motion matters.
When you brush your teeth, it is important to brush them in a circular pattern. This will help you to remove more bacteria and plaque without irritating your gums.  If you have an electric toothbrush, it will do this for you so that you have less to worry about.  This is far better than brushing from front to back or back to front which can irritate your gums.  We can show you how to do this when you visit our dentist office.

It is also important for you to brush away from your gums.  For example, if you are brushing your top teeth start at the gum line and brush downwards. This will keep bacteria off of your gums and help to prevent gum disease.

Buy the right equipment.
You should be brushing with a soft toothbrush or an electric one.  Both are better for your teeth than a hard toothbrush because they won't strip away your enamel or irritate your gums.  You also need to switch out your toothbrush every three months before the bristles start to fray.  If you notice that your toothbrush has an odor, you should change it out faster since this could be a sign of bacteria.

Purchase toothpaste that contains fluoride so that you can strengthen your teeth while brushing them.  Look for one that has the American Dental Association seal of approval on it and use this toothpaste several times a day for the maximum benefits.

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According to a report by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project between twenty and thirty percent of U.S. adults, experience the symptoms of acid reflux or GERD on a weekly basis.  A full sixty percent of the population has these symptoms at least yearly.  This manifests as a burning sensation in the chest and throat as acid works its way backwards and up the esophagus. This proves problematic for many people, making it difficult to eat and sleep along with interfering with their concentration at work. Acid reflux also creates health problems in the stomach, esophagus and throat in addition to impacting the teeth.

In our dental office, we want to know if our patients have acid reflux so that we can help to prevent erosion in addition to treating it.  By keeping teeth healthy and clean, they will remain stronger.  For example, people that have cavities or gum disease will naturally be more susceptible to getting cavities and suffering other dental health issues. While cleaning teeth, we can remove bacteria from the teeth and gum lines so that they can remain healthy and cavity free.  We can also provide a fluoride treatment for teeth that need strengthening and are at risk for erosion. These preventative steps aid in keeping the mouth healthy.

If the erosion does occur, it will first attack the enamel and cause it to wear away.  As it does, the dentin underneath will become exposed which leads to sensitive teeth.  When food touches the dentin it is simultaneously touching the nerve endings inside of it.  This can lead to the pain signal being transferred to the brain, leading to an increase in sensitivity that many patients complain of.  In this early stage, we can help by completing a bonding procedure to seal the dentin.  This works well in the beginning stages but as erosion becomes more advanced; the teeth will become weak, thin and brittle.  At this point, the best way to protect the teeth is to place a crown around them.  A crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth and prevents anything from touching it.  This procedure allows us to save a tooth that may have otherwise been pulled due to erosion.

In our dental office, we also recommend that patients take medication to control their acid reflux.  By seeing your doctor, you can get a prescription that will help you to feel better and to protect your teeth.  If an attack does occur, you should avoid brushing your teeth for an hour, but be sure to rinse your mouth in order to neutralize some of the acid.

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Headaches and Neck PainIf you have headaches and neck pain, let us know.  We can treat you and help your headaches to go away so that you can have an improved quality of life.  Let's face it – headaches can range from merely annoying to debilitating.  There is no way to tell how a headache will manifest itself, but clearly, they are uncomfortable, to say the least.  With at least forty percent of the adult population experiencing headaches on a regular basis, this is something that we are actively addressing.

While it may seem odd to visit a dentist with a headache, we can help you to feel better because most headaches are tension headaches.  This means that your head starts to hurt as a result of extreme pressure being placed upon your muscles and joints.  It is actually fairly common for this to happen, as demonstrated by the large amount of people suffering from TMJ.

The discomfort often arises due to clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep.  People that are experiencing high levels of stress tend to clench more often than others, but this can impact anyone, regardless of age.  The muscles and joints that control your jaw and connect it to your skull are constantly being used.  Just the act of swallowing requires your jaw to close more than 2,000 times per day.  This is significant, and your muscles never get a break.  When you then put additional pressure onto them by eating food that are too hard to chew or grinding and clenching, you can wake up with a severe headaches and neck pain.  In mild cases, this will cause discomfort but not impact your lifestyle.  For others, the discomfort becomes so severe that they cannot even open their mouth.

Fortunately, regardless of what stage you are in, we can help.  In our dental office, we can treat symptoms of TMJ by having a removable oral appliance created for you.  In order to do so we will need to make an impression of your teeth and mouth so that the lab can create an appliance to your exact specifications.  It will surround both your upper and lower teeth while also connecting them.  This is to ensure that they cannot touch each other and grind or clench at night while you are sleeping.   While a seemingly simple solution, it will allow you to relax your jaw and face muscles as you sleep so that you can wake up headache and tension-free.  This is a non-invasive solution, so there really is no reason to leave it untreated.

Another reason you may have headaches and neck pain is that you have a damaged or infected tooth.   When there is a problem with one of your teeth, the body naturally wants to make adjustments for it so you may begin to chew differently or hold your jaw in a certain position in order to prevent yourself from touching that particular tooth.  In our dental office, we can examine your teeth and gums, determine if there are any issues and treat them so that you can have restored health and start to feel more comfortable.

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Facts About Modern Dentistry From Our Dental Office

Dental OfficeIn our dental office, we understand how important technology is to our practice and to our patients.  As new methods, of treating teeth, become available, we aim to incorporate the technology and tools into our practice in order to improve the experience of our patients.  Still, it is amusing how many people still believe the Hollywood image of dentistry.  Despite popular belief, dentists are not eagerly running around pulling teeth or torturing people with a dental drill.  The opposite is true, as we mainly focus on how to keep our patients healthy and comfortable at the same time.

Here are facts about modern dentistry that you should know:

We can get a better view than we used to.

Imaging has improved so while traditional x-ray machines are being used less and less, we can get a better view of what is happening inside of the mouth than we used to.  This is important because it allows us to map out the procedure and create a plan for treating the problem without irritating the surrounding tissue or teeth.  By improving the accuracy and precision in which dental work is completed, we can ensure that patients are more comfortable and have a faster recovery period overall.

Discomfort is a thing of the past.

Modern dental care is extremely comfortable due to sedation dentistry.  In our dental office, we can help you to relax and eliminate any dental anxiety that you may have with the use of medication.  We can also numb the area that we are treating and provide pain relief so that you remain comfortable and happy while your dental procedure is being completed.  If you are concerned that you may feel discomfort, don't be.  Let us know about your worries and we will incorporate sedation into your treatment plan.

Restorations look natural.

Previously, a lot of people would get a filling after a cavity or a dental crown, and they would be made out of silver amalgam.  This meant that any time a person smiled, their mouth would look like they had dental work done.  This was embarrassing for many people, and now these restorations can be replaced with something that looks natural.  We offer tooth-colored fillings and crowns so that whether they are needed for a filling or to correct a damaged tooth, it is impossible to tell that dental work was ever performed.  These restorations are both durable and beautiful, making them a perfect solution.

New technology is available.

Science has grown leaps and bounds over the past two decades as computerized technology has made it possible to perform a variety of medical treatments using smaller tools, lasers, and other non-invasive methods. The same applies to dentistry.  The tools that we use are smaller and more accurate than in the past and we can complete procedures with little to no irritation of the surrounding tissue in order to prevent unnecessary discomfort.  Overall, technology is creating a more pleasant experience for patients of our dental office.

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Can I Get Crown Placement On Dental Implants With Bone Loss?

Can I Get Crown Placement On Dental Implants With Bone Loss?

Bone loss does not necessarily prevent dental implants from being an attractive and effective option for patients who have experienced tooth loss. After a tooth is lost, the area in the jawbone formerly occupied by the root of the tooth deteriorates. This may make it difficult or impossible to get dental implants to replace the…

What Is The Difference Between Dental Fillings And Dental Veneers?

What Is The Difference Between Dental Fillings And Dental Veneers?

With so many procedures available, including dental veneers, it is no wonder that so many people feel confused. When it comes to fillings and veneers, there are significant differences. Take the time to learn the difference between the two. Then, talk to your doctor about the treatment you need.More than ever, people have a broad…