A Fun Way To Learn About Dental Hygiene
Smiling is contagious, it improves your mood and even boosts your confidence too, so it is vital that we do all that we can to protect and enhance our smile. Unfortunately, as few as 46% of Surrey’s population visit the dentist regularly, which is naturally a big concern for me!
Seeing a dentist is an essential part of a proper oral hygiene routine, and by skipping visits there is a chance that more serious problems can be allowed to develop. One of the most common reasons that people give for not visiting the dentist is dentophobia, or fear of the dentist..
A dental practice, just like a hospital, can be an unnerving place for those unfamiliar with a medical environment or the equipment. Other people are nervous due to previous painful experiences, some of which may even date back to childhood. The level of anxiety ranges from moderate to severe, but the good news is that more and more dentists are doing what they can to help.
A gentle dentist knows that your overall experience of visiting the dentist is just as important as the quality of dental care you receive. This is why a gentle dentist will try to minimise the anxiety or discomfort of a nervous patient through personalised care and new technology. A friendly, patient approach, with all procedures are explained fully beforehand can work wonders in even the most dentophobic patients.
Dentists no longer use much of the frightening looking equipment that was commonplace twenty years ago, in fact, the times have changed for the better! One much welcome advance to dentistry is the development of topical anesthesia, or numbing gel. This can be applied directly to the gums, and makes any necessary injections completely painless.
We’re committed to making sure that local people get the anxiety-free dental care that they need. One way that we are tackling dentophobia is by visiting local schools and nurseries here in Epsom and Surrey. If young children have a chance to talk to a dentist and explore a dental practice, then they quickly see that there is nothing to fear, and are much less likely to develop any kind of anxiety. Stickers and a play in the chair can also convince youngsters that dentists aren’t too bad!
If you, your friend, or family member is afraid of the dentist, then you should talk to Catherine and Barbara, our fantastic receptionists who are happy to help. We’re available for a friendly chat on the phone, or on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon!
EPSOM DENTAL CENTRE, 7 WATERLOO ROAD, EPSOM, SURREY KT19 8EX