Anyone that knows me knows that I am *slightly* obsessed with all things dental related. It works out well for me considering I currently work in the dental field. But yea… implants, crowns, extractions, bridge work, baby teeth … I love it all.
Most people feel the complete opposite way that I do. They hate the dentist. And I don’t really blame them. Many people only go to the dentist when they are in need of emergency care — so they are in pain, and tend to need more extensive work done to fix the problem. Often, this could have been prevented if they had been coming in regularly for check ups. But as they say – hind sight, you know?
For those of you that may be a bit squeamish about coming to the dentist, here is some information that will hopefully make taking that first step a little bit easier.
Preventative care is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Yes — your initial visit might be a little stressful, and it always is to hear that you have work that needs to be done, but honestly, the hardest part about your first visit is just showing up. It will mostly be just having x-rays taken and talking to the doctor about how to get your mouth in tip top shape.
Your dentist really wants to tell you that all you need is a cleaning. We like it when you come back in for your 6 month check up and don’t have any cavity or tooth pain or tooth related problems that you are worrying about.
Us dental assistants — we really want to help you. I never have a problem explaining procedures to patients, or even holding their hands throughout the procedure if they are nervous. I will always do my best to smile and reassure you, and I will make to sure to let the doctor know if you are nervous about anything. But I can’t help you to my full ability if you don’t ask questions and if you don’t let me know that you’re scared! I’m not just there to help the doctor, but also to make sure you have the best experience possible. So talk to me! I promise — we really do want to be there for you.
With all of that being said, I know that it’s still tough for many people to go to the dentist. Finding just the right office is key to having the best experience that you possibly can. There are so many dental offices out there, that I promise there is the perfect doctor for everyone 🙂
For those of you in the Virginia area, check out the Dental Associates of Northern Virginia.
And for anyone that has any dental questions, leave me a comment and I’d be happy to answer them as best I can. Honestly — I love talkin’ teeth!