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February 09 2010

Dental Fears: Embarrassment

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Probably the most common cause of dental phobia is from intense embarrassment from poor dental health. This has become a part of vicious cycle starting from poor dental experience which leads to the person avoiding dental checkups, resulting in poor oral health, and finally becoming embarrassed to even step into the dentist’s office for proper dental care. Intense fear of embarrassment often leads most people to refuse seeing the dentist even with toothaches or tooth injuries.

No matter how much you fear getting embarrassed after having your teeth checked, do remember that with all the patients that the dentist have checked, he must have seen much worse teeth than yours. The chance that your dentist will even be shocked after seeing your teeth is really slim. Try to search for some pictures in Google and you’ll see how bad some people’s teeth are (okay, maybe you have something similar to the pictures, but still…there should be someone worse off than you are, right?). Again, dentists will not be shocked with your teeth after seeing the blackest of teeth and even those without any left at all.

Another point to consider is that dental hygiene is not always related to poor oral health. There are people who brush their teeth properly, twice or thrice a day, and still suffer from tooth decay that her Denver dentist still needs to look into. Oral health is also affected by many other things such as diet, bacteria, and even genetics (yes, some people are born with ‘weak’ teeth).

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A good trend is that nowadays lectures are no longer mandatory unlike before when they are regularly a part of dental checkups. Lecturing the patient often drives him away, and dentists know that. You should find another dentist who you would feel more comfortable with if they do try and insult your teeth.