How does dental phobia impact your dental health?
Something’s really not right with your tooth, but you’re too scared to go to the dentist - dreading it! Our dentists will understand your dental phobia and take a gentle approach to get you back into the chair.
Dental Phobia Can Lead to Poor Dental Health
We find that people who are scared of the dentist tend to leave their dental problems until later. This just makes the dental problems worse – and possibly more painful – so they’re more likely to have a negative experience. It becomes a cycle.
For example, early tooth decay can be picked up during routine check-ups and may only require a small filling. Left undetected and untreated, though, the cavity will get bigger, spread to neighbouring teeth and will eventually reach the nerve of the tooth, causing the tooth to become abscessed and be associated with pain, infection and discomfort. At that point, the patient will have to come in straight away and will need to spend time in the chair for more involved procedures like root canal treatments or extractions, further compounding their fear of the dental visit.
Developing a good oral health routine with regular dental visits is the best way to avoid any negative dental experiences and is key to minimising any unnecessary time, money and stress at the dentist. Contact our Alderley dental clinic to learn more.