Dentists are professionals who often work when a person is suffering from severe pain, which, invevitally, causes them to associate them with such pain. Visiting the dentist regularly is extremely important for you to prevent these problems from occurring or cause them to have even worse consequences. Still, many people are afraid of the dentist. But why does this happen? And how to overcome this fear? If this is a question that you also have, read the text to the end and check out all the information that we will bring to you!
Why are People Afraid of a Dentist?
Fear is a type of feeling that is not easy to explain. It can have its origins in different sources and at different times in a person’s life. However, when we talk more specifically about fear of the dentist, it is very common to hear stories of trauma from the dentist , treatments that were unsuccessful or even the association of a moment of great pain with this professional, as we have already said.
It is also very common to see people who are afraid of the devices that dentists use, such as pliers, applicators and sharps, for example. However, it is important to know that the fear is not exactly from the consultation itself, but from what it can cause you. The fear of pulling a tooth , for example, is much more the fear of pain that this process can bring you than of the pliers itself.
If you have a phobia of dentists, it is important to investigate and understand why this occurs. This is the first step so that you can overcome this fear and be able to treat your teeth in a good way.
How to overcome the Dentist’s Fear?
There are many techniques for overcoming fear that can be adopted or adapted to this specific type of fear. However, as we have already commented in the text, it is important that you know the source of your phobia and reflect on it. Ask yourself some questions, such as:
- What am I really afraid of? Is it the pain? Is it necessary to have contact with this type of professional? Is it the annoyance that certain devices cause me?
- Should I really be afraid of that?
- What are the practical consequences that a visit to the dentist can have?
The general recommendation is that if this fear is so great as to prevent you from even trying to go to the dentist, you should seek psychological help . A psychology will help you to understand yourself better, deal with your fears and frustrations and, together with you, find a way out of this problem.
Another recommendation is quite simple: Go to the dentist . Of course, you don’t have to go directly to the “most painful” processes at once, but it is important that you get used to the environment and realize that it poses no danger to you. Talking to the dentist about your fear is also always important so that he knows what your condition is and can deal with you in a special way.
In short, the help of professionals is always the best solution for you to overcome this problem without the most serious consequences.
Why is visiting a Dentist regularly so important?
In order for you to better understand why overcoming fear of a dentist is so important, we also need to talk about the importance of visiting a dentist. For this reason, we have separated some topics that we consider essential for you to better understand this subject, they are:
- You prevent problems
- You fix Problems early on
- You identify other Medical Needs
Let’s talk a little more deeply about each one so that you better understand the importance of visiting a dentist regularly.
You prevent problems
Perhaps the main reason why visiting a dentist regularly is so important has to do with preventing problems. Caries, tartar and plaque formation are just a few examples of problems that can arise when cleaning is not done properly. With regular visits to the dentist, it is much more difficult for this to occur.
You fix Problems early on
Although problems such as cavities arise, for example, there are easier and more difficult ways to deal with them. And the easiest ones occur just when they are still in their initial phase and, therefore, have not yet caused so much damage. This logic applies to virtually every other problem that may arise in your mouth. Going without visiting a dentist for a long period of time can provide the perfect conditions for this type of problem to arise. And nobody wants to go through a painful process.
You identify other Medical Needs
Of course, a dentist’s job is always to identify possible problems that he can correct himself. However, it is quite common for this type of professional to be able to identify other diseases, such as oral cancer or HPV, for example. In such cases, the dentist will refer you to specialists in these areas so that you can perform the necessary examinations. And having early diagnoses of these diseases is another great benefit of regularly visiting a dentist.
It may not seem like it, but being afraid of a dentist is much more common than people realize. And even if that happens to you, the most important thing is to be aware that this phobia exists and to take action to overcome it as soon as possible. As we have already mentioned, it is extremely important that you visit a dentist at least once every 6 months to get rid of any problems that may cause negative consequences in the future. Taking care of your phobias is also taking care of your mental health. And it will always bring positive results to your life.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.