A very common reason for people to avoid going to the dentist is because they are embarrassed of the state of their smile. Either they are worried about what their dentist will think or they are worried that the dentist will judge them for how long it has been since the last dental visit. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that every person visit the dentist at least once every six months or twice a year. Skipping this recommended amount of time can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and worse smile conditions. Skipping this recommended amount of time because you are embarrassed about what your dentist will think about your smile is not a good reason to ignore your oral health. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, wants to help you face your potential embarrassment and rise above it.
Your Problems Are Probably Common
While there may be some unique cases out there, most people have very common oral health conditions. Yes, you may think that letting your cavity go too long is going to bring you much shame, your dentist has seen it before. Root canal treatments are very common procedures because many people let tooth decay progress so far that it becomes necessary. Continuing to ignore a toothache because you are ashamed of how long you have ignored it so far just puts your smile in danger of losing a tooth. By the way, losing a tooth as an adult is also very common, so if that has to happen, it will not be embarrassing.
Your Dentist Is Not Judging You
Your dentist wants you to have a healthy smile. While yes, your dentist will be able to tell if you are lying about flossing or how often you brush your teeth, your dentist will not be judging you. And yes, your dentist does want you to quit smoking cigarettes and eating caramel so often, but there will not be any judgment associated with these recommendations. Know this and trust this and let this be a comfort to you when you start to feel ashamed about your smile’s health.
Your Health Is More Important
Potential embarrassment is not a good reason to ignore your smile’s health. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities.