Having a fear of the dentist may mean different things to different people. It will probably be helpful if you work out what you are worried about the most. Maybe the sound and smell brings back bad memories as a child, or makes you think your treatments will hurt.
More and more dentists now understand their patients have these fears and they realise that kindness and gentleness can do a lot to make their dental treatments more of an accepted, normal part of life.
What will happen at the first appointment?
Your first appointment should just be for a consultation. See it as an opportunity for you to ‘interview’ the dentist, receptionist and other members of the team, and have a chat about what to expect next.
Teeth are for life and can last a lifetime if they are looked after properly. If you can get your mouth healthy, with the help of the dental team. You should need less treatments and less for them to do in the future. Regular visits to the dentist,
It is important to keep up your regular visits to the dental team. The team will not just check for tooth decay, but will also help you prevent gum disease. Once your mouth is healthy, your visits to the practice will often just be easy sessions for checking and cleaning.
The dental team will now want to help you have, and keep, a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. Using a fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. Therefore, you may be surprised at how little treatment you need.
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