Is Dental Fear Destroying Your Smile?

Posted on Mar 09, 2015 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Fortunately, many of today’s dentists are more sensitive to patient concerns when it comes to dental fear and anxiety. Most understand the need to be communicative before and during procedures, take ample time during numbing procedures and offer options to enhance comfort. However, for those who are ages 50 and over, memories of a traumatic experience in the past can remain embedded for decades. These memories can interfere or even prevent people from receiving the care they need to enjoy a healthy, confident smile.

For those who’ve avoided regular dental care because of fear, your smile isn’t the only thing that takes the brunt of its effects. Not having regular dental cleanings and check-ups places you at a higher risk for gum disease. This destroys gum tissue, teeth and supporting bones. It also increases your risk for more severe health problems. The bacteria of gum disease can enter the bloodstream through tears in oral tissues, triggering inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body. It has been attributed to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and impotency.

We are committed to helping you achieve a healthy smile while instilling a sense of trust. The LAST thing we want is for you to feel uncomfortable! Begin by arranging a consultation appointment. This way, I can answer your questions thoroughly and discuss comfort options to help you relax.

Your smile should be a positive part of your health, appearance and self-confidence. Don’t let an unfortunate experience from your past keep you from the terrific smile you deserve! Call (828) 274-9440 to speak to our caring phone staff.

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