The dentist can be a scary place for newcomers and children. Most of the fear is due to pre-existing expectations instilled in us by some societal norms. Bow Trail Dental is here today to help break up those worries and show you why a visit to the dentist is quite the opposite of something to worry about!
What’s the Big Deal?
You probably know someone from somewhere who simply doesn’t seem to visit the dentist very often, if at all. Perhaps their teeth are getting along fine, or maybe they swear by some other home remedy. Studies everywhere have shown time and time again that regular dental checkups are an essential part of a proper oral hygiene regime. Without one, you run the risk of letting serious issues like periodontal disease or tooth infections go unnoticed, which can lead to more complications down the road. Gum disease in particular has been linked to other illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Only by visiting the dentist can these issues be identified and corrected early, before they’ve had a chance to worsen. Remember, the dentist is there to help and look after you!
Getting to the Root of the Problem
What causes dental anxiety, and why do some of us feel it while others do not? Many people may feel anxious or nervous when visiting the dentist as an unfortunate side effect of some other psychological trauma that they’ve had themselves, or perhaps heard about from elsewhere. We often hear horror stories of poor experiences that friends or relatives have had while in the dentist’s chair, and these experiences can add up to have quite a meaningful impact on the way we feel. Others may feel fear from the sense of vulnerability and lack of control they experience while lying back, mouth open, while a dentist peers into their mouth. It’s important to realize why one may be feeling anxious so they can come to terms with it. This will be different for everyone, as everyone will have slightly different reasons for why they feel fearful.
Dental anxiety is not an uncommon problem, and Bow Trail Dental understands this! We always strive to keep the most welcoming atmosphere, and all are staff are experienced in helping our patients feel comfortable and at ease. If ever you’re feeling concerned about your experience or treatment, please don’t hesitate to let us know. You are more than welcome to contact us with any questions you may have at (403)240-1257 anytime!