What are the main reasons people avoid dental treatment?
- Fear or anxiety
- Financial strain
- Lack of perceived need for dental care
- Too busy or lazy to go
- Poor dental service/past experience
Over the past ten years, the amount of people visiting the dentist has remained the same, but only 10% of the population views dental care as “critical” to their overall health. Fear and anxiety about going to the dentist is understandable, especially for people who have had bad experiences with poor dental providers. Fortunately, with the Internet and increased access to information, finding the right dentist who will help ease your fear has become easier if you take the time to do your research. We also understand the financial burden of some dental procedures, but it still isn’t a good reason to neglect your health, as dental problems won’t go away on their own. In fact, delaying treatment will more likely cost more, require more work, and most likely cause more pain. What is not excusable is the perception that dental health doesn’t really matter that much to our overall health. Studies continue to confirm just how much our oral health is connected to the rest of our body. Stay tuned for Part 2 of “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” as we explore how regular dental appointments and oral hygiene practice will not only make you healthier, but will also decrease your overall dental expenses!