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Apprehensions About Returning To The Dentist

Monday, February 20, 2017

For one reason or another, it may have been quite a while since you have been to see a dentist for an exam and cleaning. Many people simply get busy and all of a sudden it’s been 3 years since the last time they had a teeth cleaning or they had a bad experience and vowed never to go back. Returning to the dentist at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey is easy.

Ironically, one of the top reasons people avoid going to the dentist is because they suspect there is an issue that will need to be addressed. For some, this is a prime reason to go to the dentist, but for others, the fear or anxiety caused by an unknown problem means avoiding the issue altogether. If you realize you haven’t been to the dentist for a few years, you may be apprehensive about going back for fear of being judged but all your dentist and hygienist will care about is that you came back, not how long it has been! It’s important to remember that your dental health is a crucial part of your overall health and no matter the anxieties; you should make oral health a priority. Research has shown a strong link between gum disease and heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. Taking care of your dental hygiene is a great, easy way to help maintain your overall health.

Getting Back In the Habit

If you don’t already do so, a few weeks before your appointment, get back on track with brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Even if you do already have good dental hygiene habits, pay attention to your teeth before your appointment- is anything sensitive or bleeding more than usual? Any issues with your mouth should be addressed during your first visit back to the dentist. If there are any follow-up procedures that may be required, your dentist can come up with a comprehensive plan if he knows about all of the issues. Even if you informed the office when making the appointment that you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, ensure your hygienist knows this before they start your cleaning. They will be as careful and gentle as possible while still thoroughly cleaning your teeth.

Financial Concerns

A reason for not going to the dentist that goes hand in hand with concerns regarding oral health is the potential financial costs incurred by going to the dentist. If you are uninsured and something is wrong that needs additional work, the bills can add up fast. Cavity fillings are one of the most common procedures that need to be done for people who have missed dental cleanings. Lending Club is a thrid party finance option,specifically meant for dental and medical costs that we work with. The website offers specific information but essentially, there are payment plans available that allow for no interest pay-offs if the total balance paid in a set amount of time.

While financial concerns are real, health concerns should be addressed no matter the cost. Make sure you take the first, most important step of scheduling your appointment with our dentist and dental hygienist.  To request and appointment, call us at 732-410-7101 or click here.

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