It’s been widely accepted that routine dental exams and cleanings have a significant impact on our long-term dental (and overall) health. But for many of us, dental pain or embarrassment is preventing that critical care from taking place.
A recent study published by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation illuminates some concerning trends among middle-aged adults and preventative dental care. According to the study, one in three Americans ages 50-64 report being embarrassed by the condition of their teeth.
The causes of this embarrassment fall into a few common categories, ones that you might be struggling with yourself.
What the Study Reveals about Dental Embarrassment
A significant portion of middle-aged adults in America are dealing with dental problems, according to the study, which was conducted with support from AARP and Michigan Medicine. A little more than 33 percent of those polled state that dental problems have caused pain, trouble eating, and even missed days at work or health problems in the past two years.
And 40 percent of those polled say they don’t get regular cleanings, or any other preventative care for their dental issues. Pain, cost, fear of the dentist, and embarrassment at the state of their teeth all play a part in this aversion to dental care.
Prevention is the Key to a Healthy Smile
Skipping out on those routine dental appointments can have a significant impact on your long-term oral health. Your dentist can spot and treat disease and decay before it becomes a serious problem, and can slow down or stop the progression of already-existing issues.
But if pain or embarrassment is keeping you out of the dentist chair, it’s time to address your anxieties. Your smile will appreciate it, and you’ll be relieved you did.
Don’t Let Embarrassment Stop You From Seeking Care
The thought of a dentist or hygienist lecturing you on the state of your teeth can make some of us cringe, and want to avoid the situation entirely. But, while dentists may have gone with the ‘tough love’ approach when you were a kid, that’s no longer the case.
Dr. Lordo’s Office Can Help, Judgement-Free
At Dr. Lordo’s office, we don’t focus about your past, or how bad you may think the state of your smile is (trust us, we’ve seen worse). It’s not a reflection on your character or self-discipline. What matters is that you are here now, and being proactive about making progress with your dental health. You should feel proud of yourself for taking that step!
We strive to make each and every appointment stress-free, relaxing, and comfortable. With modern techniques and an understanding staff, we’re happy to help you overcome your dental anxiety in a judgement-free and encouraging space.
A comfortable cleaning is a great place to start, and if the shade of your teeth is causing you embarrassment, our in-office whitening procedures can brighten your smile up to 10 shades in less than an hour.
Anxiety over going to the dentist is a serious issue, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Again, it’s not about where you’ve been – it’s about where you’re going. Schedule your first appointment with us online or call at 614-885-4754, and we can help you face that anxiety in a friendly, comfortable setting.