You Have No Reason to Fear Going to the Dentist

Updated August 19, 2016

Why are so many people, both children, and adults alike, afraid to go to the dentist? Fear can be, and is, a complicated emotion. It causes anticipatory anxiety of the situation and what may occur in the exam. Maybe the individual had a bad experience with the dentist as a child and had that trauma ingrained into their brain for the rest of their lives. Perhaps a child saw a parent or a loved one go through a painful and exhausting dental procedure, and now they fear going to the dentist. Whatever the reason, fear is a powerful motivator that can stop you from getting your dental check-ups. 

This is because many people have an irrational fear of visiting the dentist. The very word conjures up images of horrible mechanical instruments in your mouth and brings about that nauseating feeling that may be linked to a negative childhood experience. However, these fears are often unfounded and with modern dental practices being some of the most efficient and pain-free in medical history, there really is no reason to fear going to the dentist.

Dentistry History

Anyone requiring oral surgery during the middle ages can be excused from being terrified of visiting their dentist. Dentistry as a profession did not exist and the operations where often carried out by local barbers and general physicians. Tools from barbers, jewellers and watch makers were adapted into instruments that would best fit the procedure.

In depth diagnosis didn't exist and common practice was to remove the tooth from the gums using "Dental Pelicans," a primitive version of the modern forceps. If you're thinking that doesn't sound so bad and you've had a few teeth tugged out before, try having it done without anaesthetic.

Throughout history, man has faced problems with teeth and you may be surprised to know that false teeth were created as far back as 1500 B.C. Ancient Egyptians used human teeth threaded together with gold wire to produce the first set of dentures in recorded history.

George Washington often wrote about persistent problems with his teeth and throughout his life he had partial and full dentures made from bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and gold wire. Talk about a mouthful. Contradictory to popular belief, his teeth were not wooden, however, having a timber wedge inserted into your mouth to replace lost teeth has been a reality for some unfortunate souls.

Now that we are living in the twenty-first century, we no longer have these barbaric practices and can actually diagnose and treat your dental issue appropriately with proper procedures and medications. The first thing that will need to be accomplished though is getting a thorough history from you regarding both your medical and dental health.

Sometimes people wonder why a dentist needs to know about their medical history just to get a dental check-up. This is a very vital piece of information for dentists as they need to know items such as if you have a blood clotting disorder. If the dentist pulls a tooth on you without knowing this information, you could have a severe complication because he or she made not be able to get the bleeding stopped after the tooth is pulled. The body works together in so many ways to function and keep you healthy; it is critical the dentist knows your entire medical history.

Modern Practices

What we now think of modern dental practices was founded by French Physician, Pierre Fauchard, often hailed as "The Father of Modern Dentistry". Many of the concepts he started to apply in the 17th century—though now more advanced—are still used to this day. Some of his work involved the development of dental fillings and explaining how the acids from sugars work to decay teeth.

Dentistry has come a long way since the Sumerians of 5000 B.C. believed that dental problems were caused by tooth worms that nestled within teeth. Society is now not only concerned with having good oral health but with also having an aesthetically pleasing, bright white smile, commonly referred to as "the Colgate smile" thanks to a successful ad campaign. 

Modern practices offer a range of dental services from titanium alloy implants that fuse with the jawbone to teeth whitening and even more complex and superficial treatments such as complete cosmetic dental makeovers.

What Are You Scared Of?

With constant advancement in materials and technology combined with decades of knowledge, we now have some of the safest, most pain-free and innovative practices in medical history. Operations are conducted under local anaesthetic, or sedation where required, and by professionals that have studied for the better part of a decade to perfect their craft.

Dentist appointments are quick, easy and most definitely hassle free. There is no need to put up with daily suffering and discontentment. A quick visit to your dental practice could put an end to your pain.

That’s all we want is relief from tooth pain, right? A painful tooth can be very debilitating for many individuals. The constant throb of a toothache can distract you from your everyday activities and cause you problems at work. Since you are not able to concentrate on your job assignments due to the throbbing pain, work deadlines often get missed, or you have to take a few days off. That’s the last thing you want to have happen is to miss work or other essential functions due to a toothache or other issue with your oral structures. Make sure to come in immediately to get that throbbing pain evaluated. We want you to be happy and healthy, and there is no reason to live with pain because you are afraid to visit the dentist.

For those concerned with the monetary considerations with visiting a dentist, having a Carefree Dental card can help you save on most all treatments. With the ability to use the card for your family, there's no more reason to fear going to the dentist!

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