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How Dental Fear Can Harm Your Smile

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
How Dental Fear Can Harm Your SmileDental fear and phobia aren't the same. Although the two conditions are related, they are somewhat different. Dental fear involves the anxiety or nervousness of a patient toward their dental appointments. On the flip side, dental phobia is a pretty much serious condition. When you have dental phobia, you feel extremely terrified or fearful, particularly when you imagine seeing a dentist.

How Dental Fear Affects Your Dental Health

Phobia or fear can prevent you from seeking dental treatment and care that you really need. If you miss out on your scheduled dental checkups and cleanings appointments, it becomes dangerous because the phobia or fear continues to occur. As a result, you end up harming your smile.

Additionally, the minor dental issues you have continue worsening. A thorough cleaning is not the only perk you get from checkup appointments, a dentist also looks for early signs of oral disease or gum disease and decay. The dentist also checks for other dental ailments. Catching dental disease and other problems in their early stages helps prevent pain and the cost of treatment. The more a dental issue remains unaddressed, the more it may cost you in treatment.

Overcoming Dental Fear

If you realize that you are missing your dental appointment because you fear the dentist, don't remain silent. Talk to the dentist to get assistance. Many patients develop a dental phobia or fear due to a number of reasons. You may have fear of pain, embarrassment, sensitive gag reflex, mistrust of a dentist, fear of dental tools, or fear of losing control in a dental chair. To help combat dental fear, you can opt for sedation dentistry, use relaxation techniques, and choose a dentist you trust. You can also seek the help of a psychologist and get support from a family member or friend. Talk to us if you want to find out how you can combat dental fear. Book an appointment today.

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Dr. Gary Greenwald
Dr. Andrew Kurialacherry
Dr. Nisha Kancherla

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320 Killian Hill Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047-3809

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