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Being Responsible Even When You're Afraid of the Dentist

Posted on 9/27/2016 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
A woman covering her mouth, because she’s afraid of going to the dentist.When you live worried about going to the dentist, you may not take as good of care of your mouth as you should. This could be a pattern that you share with those around you, intentionally or not.

If you are a parent, even with grown children, you need to make sure that you are being responsible about taking care of your mouth because you have others who are going to follow in your footsteps.

Being a Good Example is Important
Even being nervous about going to the dentist, but still going, teaches your family the importance of taking proper care of your mouth. If you happen to be nervous, tell your dentist. Talk with them and explain what it is you are nervous about, and let them calm your fears about what is going to happen at each visit.

The more open you are when you speak with your dentist, the more they are going to be able to help, and the less afraid you are going to be each time you sit in that chair.

Make sure you are also honest with those around you, namely your kids. Tell them that you are nervous and explain to them the basics of why. From there, you can tell them what you did to get over that fear and how your dentist is working with you and helping you overcome that fear.

Show the dentist in a positive light to help show them that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of, and before you know it, you will be believing it, too.

Don't let being nervous about a dental visit stop you from taking care of yourself. Leaving your oral health to be dealt with another time is never a good option. The more you take care of your mouth now, the longer your pearly whites will last.

Please contact us if you have any questions about overcoming your fear of the dentist.
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