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Top Reasons People Aren’t Seeing the Dentist

added on: August 20, 2014

why we avoid the dentistIf you’ve been avoiding us, we won’t take it personally. In fact, a large percentage of Americans avoid seeing the dentist. There are many reasons people skip out on visits to my dental office in Yonkers. We’d like to cover some of the main reasons and let you know that we’re not only here to get you healthy, we’re here to comfort and relieve any inhibitions you may have too.

Fear and Anxiety

At the top of our list are fear and anxiety. Just as there are individuals who are afraid of heights or spiders, there are also those who have a cold-blooded fear of the dentist. In actuality, fear of the dentist, also known as dentophobia, is pretty common. Whether it’s mild or severe, a fear of the dentist can result not only in anxiety, but also in refusal to visit a dentist in Yonkers. This is especially concerning since those with an extreme fear who don’t get regular cleanings and checkups are at increased risk for scary dental problems like heart disease, strokes, and much more.

Dread of a Repeat Experience

There are many people whose fear of the dentist has stemmed from a prior bad experience. If you’ve had a dental treatment that hurt once, you’ll probably think it will always hurt. However, most of these bad experiences occurred when a patient was younger and dental technologies weren’t what they are today. It’s important to tell us if you fall into this category we’ll work with you to relieve your fear and reassure you that our comforting techniques will not only get you healthy, but do so in a pain-free way.

Avoiding the Lecture

People who have neglected their dental care for a while are often concerned that once they get back into the dental chair, they’ll get lectured on their brushing and flossing habits. Lecturing you on your dental hygiene routine isn’t a productive way to get you excited about your dental health and to keep you coming back for regular checkups. Instead of lectures, the team at  my Yonkers dental office will talk with you about your mouth and teeth, educate you on the importance of regular checkups, and help get you back into a healthy routine. No lectures needed, just encouragement, understanding, and compassion.

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of any of the reasons above, or even for a different reason, give my dental office in Yonkers a call. We’ll work with you and talk to you about your fears and make sure that your treatment is comfortable, easy, and relaxing.

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