Originally posted on List Garage.
When was the last time you’ve been to the dentist? For a little under half of American adults, the answer is not in the last year. We all know you’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year, so why are so many people skipping out? Here are many reasons why people end up not going to the dentist for extended periods of time.
Turning 18 and Moving Out
For many young adults, the last time they’ve gone to the dentist was when they were still under their parents’ roofs. It’s pretty easy to go to the dentist when you’re still at home. Your parents make the appointment, and better yet, they pay for it! Once you move out, it can be easy to entirely forget about going to the dentist.
The key here is just to make that first appointment. At your appointment, they’ll probably schedule your next appointment, too, and then it gets easy to get back in the rhythm of things. You just keep on going to those appointments, and your teeth will thank you.
For procrastinators, it can be very easy to stop going to the dentist if you fall out of regularly scheduled appointments. It’s easy to say you want to go to the dentist and plan on doing it, but it’s also easy to put it off another month. It’s just been a busy few weeks. I’ll go next month. Next month comes around again, and the call to the dentist gets put off again. Without even realizing it, years can pass this way without ever stepping into the dentist’s office. There’s no real deadline here, so the procrastinator never hits a point where they feel they absolutely have to finally go to the dentist—unless of course you’re in agony from the pain of advanced tooth decay.
As in the situation of forgetting about the dentist after moving out, the key here is to make that first appointment. For the procrastinator, this really solves everything. Having an appointment means there is a deadline, and you can break the cycle of eternal postponement.
Lack of Funds
This is a very common reason for putting off dental care. Who wants to spend extra money not accounted for in the monthly budget? If this is what’s holding you back, talk to your dentist about financial options. Many dentists offer very doable payment plans to meet the demands of even the most limited budgets. Dental care might not be as unaffordable as you initially assume.
Many people simply don’t go to the dentist because they don’t like the anxiety and potential pain they associate with the dentist’s chair, the high-pitched, menacing drone of the drill, the bright lights in your eyes, probing gloved hands, unknown faces hidden behind surgical masks—it’s like an alien abduction or something, right?
Well, most dental visits are actually nothing like that. Successful dentists have a warm and friendly way about them that quickly eliminates most of that potential discomfort from the start. If you’re still worried about a trip to the dentist, though, you should look into sedation dentistry options. Modern dentistry allows you to have the procedures you need while feeling completely calm and relaxed throughout. Experts in this kind of dentistry, like Sander White, DDS, take all the anxiety out of the experience and help you get the dental care you need without any worries.
Make that Call
Whatever your reason has been for putting off going to the dentist, break the cycle and take care of your teeth. Years from now, when you still have healthy natural teeth instead of dentures, you’ll be glad you made an appointment with your dentist and then kept up with regularly scheduled visits after that.