If youre nervous about having to sit through a lecture on the importance of dental health, you can stop worrying. As a dental professional, we are not here to cause you anxiety or point fingers. Trust us, we of all people know that dental health is affected by a number of factors that could be environmental, hereditary or habitual. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
This might surprise you, but theres almost nothing that can surprise us when it comes to teeth. If you think your teeth are bad, weve probably seen worse. A large part of our training and professional work involves being exposed to just about every dental problem you can imagine. Without that kind of experience, how could we properly evaluate your teeth and treat them? We couldnt.
One of the most important things you can do is to be up front with us. If you have dental anxiety, dont silently suffer in the chair tell us! The same goes for anything specific that might scare you whether its needles or anesthesia or just sitting in the chair. And please tell us what we can do to make your visit more comfortable. Many people find that a blanket and pillow makes their visits much more relaxing. Others like us to explain what were doing before we do it. And some people find that taking frequent breaks is helpful.
Talk to your dental professional about what you need before you talk yourself out of scheduling another visit.
Guest Writer-Dr. Mitra Evans is a South Bay dentist with a practice located at 23326 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. She can be reached at (310) 375-3939 or visit her website for more information at drevanstorrance.com.