Procrastination is something we all do to varying degrees – especially when it comes to the things we generally find unpleasant. And if there was ever one thing which we probably unanimously dislike, it is going to the dentist. Ultimately, however, our fear or dislike of the dentist often stems from a lack of understanding. In this article, we’ll look at five common myths about going to the dentist and why they are wrong.
1. I can tell if I have problems
True, some tooth problems are visible in the mirror. If you have discoloured, missing or visibly damaged teeth you are probably very much aware of it in terms of the visual side of the problem. What only a qualified dentist can tell you, however, is what underlying problems might be caused by such issues, or indeed if there are other problems such as gum disease, tooth decay or even mouth cancer which are only visible to the trained eye.
The condition of your teeth and gums is of vital importance to your wellbeing and has wider implications on your health. Left undiagnosed, seemingly invisible dental problems can quickly lead to discomfort and pain, taking the pleasure out of eating and drinking and on some occasions wreaking havoc on your diet.
A thorough check up gives your dentist an opportunity to identify any issues that are a cause for concern before they become a problem, allowing preventative treatment to be carried out as early as possible.
2. Dentists don’t listen
Of course you may have had a bad experience in the past, but a lot has changed over recent years when it comes to dentists and the way they treat patients. Here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we have made it our mission to put the patient at the heart of what we do from the outset and pride ourselves in listening to your concerns, no matter how large or small you feel they are.
We believe in maintaining a relaxed atmosphere where our patients feel completely at ease, and able to talk to our friendly and approachable staff with regard to every aspect of their dental care.
3. I’ll have to give up the things I enjoy
It is now widely known that common lifestyle factors such as what you eat and drink or whether or not you smoke can affect your dental health. But this does not necessarily mean that your dentist is going to convince you to give up the things you enjoy.
What is much more important is having the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle choices with your dentist and hygienist so that you can get personalised advice on how best to be proactive and minimise the impact on your oral health and hygiene.
4. I’m not a name, I’m a number
Here at Gwersyllt Dental Care, we embrace the fact that every one of our patients is a unique individual, and put this principle at the heart of our personalised approach to care.
From booking your next appointment to conducting the check-up, we tailor everything to give you a personal, patient-centred experience, so that you can walk out with a smile on your face after every visit.
5. You can’t avoid cancer
As well as performing all the traditional checks, dentists are also now trained to spot signs of mouth cancer, now recognised as one of the fastest growing cancers in the UK. In fact, your dentist is at the forefront of the battle against what has become one of the biggest health challenges of modern years.
Even if you have no noticeable issues with your teeth and gums, it is worth going to the dentist regularly for your own peace of mind. Regular dental checkups increase the the chance that any important symptoms will be recognised as early as possible, so that you will have the best possible chance for successful treatment.
Whatever your reasons for putting off visits to the dentist, make it your resolution for 2017 to book an appointment and get yourself seen. We are confident that once you’ve had a check-up here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, you will be positively surprised by just how easy and comfortable it is. Just take a look at our patient reviews to see what others are saying about us! To book an appointment or enquire about becoming a member of our Wrexham based dental practice, call us on 01978 757409 or contact us online for a quick response.