When it comes to fears and phobias the dentist probably scores highly in the rankings. There are many people that have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the dentist chair. There are far too many people that completely avoid their check-ups for years purely through their dentist chair phobia. Unfortunately there is only one place you will end up as a result of check-up dodging and that place is the dentist chair – it’s a vicious circle!
Your regular six-monthly or yearly check up will usually consist of a quick look around your mouth; maybe a simple x-ray to check for decay; checking for signs of gum disease; and a straightforward cleaning to remove the built up plaque and tartar that if left to fester will cause problems for your teeth. Which part of this sounds painful? The answer is none of it.
The key to breaking your dentist dodging habit is to face your fear – go through that door, sit in that chair; think of your happy place whilst the dentist does their job and I guarantee that you will come out alive and better still with a smile to be proud of.
A dental cleaning, although it can seem to some like unnecessary torture, is a very important part of your oral hygiene routine; you (hopefully) wouldn’t wake up in a morning and not brush your teeth and in the same way you shouldn’t let your check-ups pass by without biting the bullet. Over time it is unavoidable that plaque and tartar will build up around your teeth and gums and a dental cleaning is the only way to remove this build-up.
A dental cleaning is pretty straightforward and usually contains three steps. Firstly, your dentist will use a vibrating instrument that breaks up large pieces of tartar and washes them away with a mist of water – this part is completely painless and the whirring sound of the instrument makes it seem a much bigger deal than it really is. This will be followed by the scaling tool which is a smaller instrument used to scrape the smaller, tougher pieces of tartar from your teeth – this is probably the most uncomfortable part of the procedure but it is very rarely painful. The final step is the polishing which is completely painless and leaves your teeth feeling squeaky clean.
The reality is that there is nothing to fear when it comes to dentist day. Regular cleanings will keep plaque and tartar build-up to a minimum meaning that future cleanings will not require much elbow grease to remove the small amount of tartar that has collected. Regular dental cleanings will also keep your oral health in tip top condition and prevent a number of more serious health problems both oral and physical such as gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer; heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
020 8567 4344
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
9.00am – 4.00pm