Not everyone is familiar with the term ‘dental phobia’, but fear of the dentist affects at least 75% of the population.
While many people avoid the dentist in Walkerston because nothing is bothering them, others avoid visiting because they are ashamed of the state of their teeth and gums. Unfortunately, by not seeing the dentist on schedule can lead to many oral and general health problems in the long run. Some dentists, such as those at Walkerston Dental in Walkerston GP Super Clinic, are specifically trained to understand this fear and work hard to make sure that nervous patients are comfortable when they come in for treatment and will therefore want to come back regularly.
Only a Dentist Can Catch Problems at an Early Stage
A lot of people think that their teeth and gums are healthy because they are brushing and flossing them on a daily basis. Truth is that these actions alone are not sufficient for ensuring that teeth remain healthy. Only a dentist in Walkerston can examine a patient’s teeth thoroughly and determine whether they are at risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
Long-Term Financial Savings
Some people avoid the dentist because of the cost and it’s true that extensive dental treatments can be quite expensive. But why should someone need them in the first place? Most of the people who don’t take good care of their teeth and gums and avoid visiting the dentist in Walkerston regularly will end up spending a lot of money fixing problems that they could have avoided in the first place. Left untreated, small cavities can turn into serious tooth decay and early stage gum disease can lead to tooth loss and bone deterioration.
Improved Quality of Life
We take too many functions of the mouth for granted, but when smiling, speaking, eating, breathing and/or tasting are compromised, people’s quality of life is affected. Studies have shown that people with badly decayed or missing teeth often avoid social situation and cannot enjoy their food any more. One of the greatest achievements in dentistry is restoring teeth to their previous, healthy state.