So You Haven’t Gone to the Dentist in Years…

While most people don’t particularly enjoy going to their dentist, most understand how important it is to their oral health and so they head on over to see their favorite Plano dentist at least twice a year.

But some of us? Some of us haven’t been to the dentist in ages. Perhaps years. Maybe even decades.

There are many reasons for this. Some of us are terrified of the dentist. Some of us don’t have enough money to pay for the dentist’s work – or the healthcare insurance to help do so. Others of us say we mean to get to the dentist and we’ll do it soon. Eventually. When we get around to it. And of course, “soon” rarely comes.

Or (and we figure this is a big reason why people don’t go to the dentist) we haven’t been to our dentist in such a  long time that even though we’re willing to go, we’re fearful of what the dentist will find….

If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, below are some things you can expect when you do visit your dentist.

  • Expect to have a longer visit. This is because more plaque has had a chance to build up on your teeth so your dentist and/or the dental hygienist will have to spend more time removing it. So don’t schedule an appointment during your lunch hour; you’ll be late back to work.
  • You’ll more than likely have x-rays of your teeth taken.
  • Because it’s been built up over a long period of time, it may be uncomfortable to have the plaque removed. Your jaw may be sore from holding your mouth open for a longer time. Your gums may be a bit tender from the work. This soreness – should you experience it – should last for just a few hours.
  • Yup, you’re probably going to hear that you have one cavity, if not more. You should expect this.
  • Your dentist will say he needs to fill the cavity or cavities. Do. Not. Panic. This isn’t at all painful, but if you’re terrified of the procedure, we can discuss different ways of sedation, some of which allow you to “sleep” while having the procedure done.
  • You really must have the cavity filled because untreated cavities can cause all sorts of problems down the road. Aside from becoming very painful over time, an untreated cavity can lead to very serious procedures such as tooth extraction or root canal.
  • Your dentist or hygienist will talk to you about how to properly take care of your teeth. If you’ve never learned how, your dentist/hygienist ill teach you how to floss your teeth. You also might learn the proper way to brush your teeth.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we urge you to contact Dr. Darren Dickson today to make an appointment. Your teeth and gums will be glad you did!

Contact us by phone or send us an e-mail message at [email protected].

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