Ideas for Reluctant Dental Patients
The basics of healthy dental habits haven’t changed in a very long time.
- Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal, or at least twice a day.
- Floss or use a device to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth, at least once a day.
- Avoid sugary and highly acidic snacks and beverages.
- See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and check-up, and x-rays once a year.
If you’re pretty good with brushing, you floss almost every day, and you snack about as much as everyone else, you may not be perfect. But you are part of the large group that describes many of our patients at the Sacramento Dentistry Group. Despite oral hygiene irregularities, with regular dental visits it’s possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
But I Don’t Want to Go to the Dentist
About that last key to healthy teeth, are you in the category of the population that avoids the dentist completely, even for cleanings? Do you stay away for years at a time, only coming to the dentist (or to the emergency room) when you have a dental emergency? Or are you concerned about a good friend or family member who avoids dental visits, often to their own detriment (or yours, if they have bad breath)?
Here at the Sacramento Dentistry Group, you will find caring professionals who are happy to see you, even it’s been a very long time since you’ve stepped into a dental office. We are glad to consult with you if all you want done is to see what may need to be done. In fact, that is what any first-time appointment is: it’s a “get to know one another” visit and your teeth are the “honored guests.” We promise not to poke or prod without permission, and if you don’t even want to lay eyes on a dental instrument, we can arrange that.
The first order of business is getting dental x-rays. If you’ve never had them, or it’s been years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy that process is today. They don’t hurt; they just help us to know what’s happening below the surface. You haven’t agreed to any future dental work at this point, we are just gathering information.
Once we have that information, we want to talk about your dental history. You won’t even need to open your mouth, except to answer a few questions. These questions aren’t meant to embarrass you, but we do need honest answers, especially if you have any pain or sensitivity in your teeth.
Even if your teeth get a clean bill of health, in order to keep your gums healthy, an appointment to get a dental cleaning is your next step. Is this the part when you start to get nervous? If just the idea of a dental cleaning makes you put it off month after month, year after year, have you considered a sleep dentistry appointment? If you didn’t think we do that for cleanings, let us say that we do it all the time. Having your teeth cleaned is so vital for your dental health and wellness that we believe getting your cleaning done justifies some mild sedation, if necessary. It doesn’t mean you’re a baby; it just means you will do what it takes to get your healthy teeth and gums.
If fear is not keeping you from seeing the dentist, is it embarrassment? No worries on that front! We help patients who haven’t visited a dentist in decades. And we’ve also served patients who have never visited a dentist! Our caring and discreet staff won’t make you feel embarrassed, no matter how long it’s been. We are here to assess, clean, repair and protect your teeth. It’s what we love to do and we are really good at it!
So whether it’s fear, embarrassment or just plain procrastination that’s kept you from seeing the dentist, let’s make this the year things change. Your first step is making that important initial appointment. Call us at 916-538-6900, make an online appointment or stop by our very relaxing office at 1105 E Street in downtown Sacramento with plenty of free parking available.