Haven’t Seen A Dentist For A Long Time? Don’t Be Embarrassed

Haven’t Seen A Dentist For A Long Time? Don’t Be Embarrassed

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So, you finally made up your mind to visit your dentist after many years. You may be very anxious about your dentist’s first comment on your oral health. Don’t be. Dentists are professionals. If there are any people in the world who understand oral health and their patients fully, it’s us, the dentists.

Dentists understand that there are a lot of factors why you choose not to visit them. They are

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not there to point fingers at you. We are here to help, educate and heal. All we want is to give you back your healthy and pretty smile. Put your trust in our hands. We have a broad knowledge about your teeth’s condition. There are lots of different factors other than you visiting tour dentist that has affected the condition of your mouth, and we know this. Some of these factors are: hereditary, habitual, and environmental.

If you think you have lots of cavities or have gum disease or broken teeth, don’t be embarrassed. Believe me, we have seen it all and probably worse. Most probably, there are many others who have worse oral condition that you do.

Dentists are trained to cure all kinds of oral diseases. Our training and experience has qualified us to identify all kinds of dental problems and oral diseases. What is really important is that you talk to us. Be open about your concerns. You do not need to suffer in silence. Tell us what makes scared or uncomfortable. Most dentists will surely make adjustments for you to make your visits more comfortable. In our office, we make sure you are very comfortable.

You need to go to a dentist who listens to you. We are glad to answer all your questions. We will not start any treatment until you are ready. We are here to educate you. If there are any questions you may have, just ask.

Do not speculate on what ifs, be up front and don’t talk yourself out of the appointment that you desperately need. We will make sure your experience in our office is a positive one.

If you would like an appointment, please call our office at (323) 771-7254.

By Ladan Zinati

48 thoughts on “Haven’t Seen A Dentist For A Long Time? Don’t Be Embarrassed

  1. Stephannie

    I wish I could go more often. I do not really put it off other than the cost. We do not have dental insurance. We do know how it important it is to go and to also take care of your teeth though. Very good information for me and others who need to be more aware of how important it is to see a dentist.

    December 10, 2012 at 7:58 am Reply
  2. Gary Roberts

    Just reading this article gives me a very comforting feeling about visiting my local dentist. I have not taken care of my oral health on a consistent basis but this gives me a renewed confidence

    December 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm Reply
  3. Lorie Journey

    Absolutely true! Dentist is there to help you and make sure you get the treatment you needed. I will highly recommend your dentist office to my friends.

    December 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Lorie. Thank you!

      December 11, 2012 at 2:12 am Reply
  4. Chris W.

    You are so right about not being embarrassed about visiting a dentist for the first time in years. When I visited a dentist for the first time in over 20 years last February, she was sweet, helpful,and non-judgmental. I was able able to get my teeth repaired that day pain-free!

    December 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Wonderful Chris!

      December 11, 2012 at 2:08 am Reply
  5. Riley S

    After discovering this blog and reading the posts, I have discovered the confidence to finally go to the Dentist!

    December 11, 2012 at 1:27 am Reply
  6. Kristen R.

    A lot of people are worried about visiting the dentist, and many put it off for longer than they should, or just don’t go at all. Most people only visit the dentist when they think something is wrong. It’s important to visit the dentist regularly and maintain your oral health. This article really put’s it in perspective that there is nothing to be embarassed about.

    December 11, 2012 at 2:19 am Reply
  7. Anil

    We know teeth is one of the most important part of human being. so don’t be embarrassed to go dentist for teeth problem. If any problem occur than we have to go immediately dentist with out any embarrassed. After reading this article, I learn that lots of diseases occur in teeth and we have to go as soon as possible to near dentist place for checkup. They all are well experience to take care of teeth life.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply
  8. jenny

    I needed this article to reinforce that it’s okay for me to go to my dentist…even though it’s been longer than I care to share since I’ve last been to one. Cost is a factor, but it is also the fact I’ve put it off for so long, I’m embarrassed to let anyone look in my mouth! Now I have a bit of ‘confidence’ to open up!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Jenny, you really should not feel embarrassed. There are so many things that happen in our lives and we postpone things, even as important as our health. The important thing is that you know and you will do something about it.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply
  9. Tina

    I truly love how you reassure people on how goin to the dentist isn’t all that bad. Makes me feel more trustworthy when it comes to goin to the dentist. With all that being said I am going to make myself an appointment tomorrow :)

    December 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm Reply
    1. admin

      :) Great

      December 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm Reply
  10. Cindy Freeman

    The most important thing is to take care of your teeth rather than worry about the moral aspect of the problem. The dentist is paid for his work, so no concerns there.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:25 am Reply
  11. James

    I’m nervous about going to the dentist. I haven’t been there in a while, and I’m thinking that it will be painful. I get a lot of negative comments about my teeth, but I’m so scared to go to the dentist.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply
    1. admin

      James, don’t be scared. A good dentist will make you feel calm and comfortable and believe me, after you do have your work done, you will feel thousand times better and nobody can give you negative comments about your teeth anymore!

      December 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm Reply
  12. JoeBowma

    Very true! I thought for a long time that I didn’t need to go to the dentist even if I kept up with a daily hygiene routine. But when I decided to go I wasn’t so sure. Glad to know there are professionals that care for patients as friends and not open wallets!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Yes, Joe. Some of us are still out here:)

      December 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm Reply
  13. Jack Jargesn

    I have not been in a long time and am getting ready to go next month. I have been really nervous but reading this article has really helped and has allowed me to not stress as much about it. I kind of even look forward to going instead of just being scared and not wanting to go.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Jack, I am glad my article was a help to you.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply
  14. Bryan

    I was actually pretty self-conscious about going to the dentist. I finally got on some dental insurance and have a check up soon. But reading your article made me feel much better about it. Thanks a lot!

    December 13, 2012 at 1:39 am Reply
    1. admin

      Bryan, you are welcome!

      December 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm Reply
  15. Peter

    Saying ‘aaahhh’ to a dentist will no longer be a problem. I am certain those who worried about foul breath and cavities have been soothingly re-assured to not worry about a year’s worth of flossing before visiting a dentist!!

    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
  16. Thomas

    This is an encouraging article for people like my wife who hate the thought of visiting the dentist. This article illustrates how dentists are trained to anticipate and counter those types of fears.

    January 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm Reply
  17. Andrea D

    This blog has made me want to go to the dentist I don’t think I have seen one in over a year. I think it will be good for me to go that way I can get everything taken care of before it gets worse. Thank you so much for shareing.

    January 5, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply
    1. admin

      Andrea, you are welcome.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm Reply
  18. iwillbefree

    I have been thinking about visiting the dentist lately but have been scared about what they would say about my lack of visiting. I now have more confidence that my visit will be a positive experience. Thank you.

    January 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply
    1. admin

      You are very welcome.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm Reply
  19. Gary R

    It’s good to know that there are dentists who really care about a patient’s natural anxiety about climbing into that long chair. Some dentists don’t even want to say one word to you and sometimes that even adds to the fears you may have

    January 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Gary. Yes, you are right. Some dentists don’t like to treat fearful patients. I believe it you give that extra effort and time to a patient to help them calm down and trust you, you have helped them tremendously.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm Reply
  20. wendy rogers

    I actually have been needing to see a dentist to have a filling redone. This article helps me not feel to bad, as I have to pay for all services as I have no insurance.

    January 6, 2013 at 5:48 am Reply
    1. admin

      Wendy, I am glad to be of help!

      January 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply
  21. magung

    sorry if my english is bad sir, but when i was child, i often go to dentist with my mom to check my teeth and know when i go to dentist i shy because my yellow teeth and i don’t have confident with my mouth smell altought i always brush my teeth before go to a dentist.

    January 7, 2013 at 5:27 am Reply
  22. Srinivas Reddy

    Thanks for motivating me. I was thinking of a visit to a dentist for cleanup of entire mouth. Brown deposits were present between my teeth. I was hesitating actually. Now I will surely visit a dentist. Thanks for this line ” If there are any people in the world who understand oral health and their patients fully, it’s us, the dentists.”

    January 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply
  23. Mike Gerke

    I haven’t gone to the dentist for years because of the embarrasement of letting my teeth rot, but you’re right, dentists are professionals. My other concern has always been cost, because I’ve let my teeth get so bad that I need complete extraction and dentures, and I can’t afford it.

    January 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Mike. I am sorry to hear that. Maybe you can find a dentist who will let you do payments. But don’t let it go because you don’t want to start experiencing pain, also I am sure you’ve got infection in your teeth if they are grossly decayed and that is not good for your health.

      January 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm Reply
  24. Mary McKinney

    I wish informative articles like this had been available when I was younger. I’ve since lost all of my teeth due to neglect and my parents not teaching me the importance. These falsies are no fun :(

    February 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Oh Mary, I do wish that was the case as well. I am sorry that you had to end up with dentures. They can never really be comfortable and have nearly the functions of our original teeth. That’s why as dentists, we always emphasize on good oral hygiene and doing everything possible saving the teeth as much as possible. I wish I was your dentist when you were younger!

      February 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply
  25. Michael

    My wife has not seen a dentist in 10 years and she has black and broken teeth. She is terrified of needles and has a panic attack everytime we have tried to go to the dentist, but she is embarassed for people to see her teeth just as this article stated. I wish I could find a way to get her to go. She is so scared of needles she gave birth naturally and refused all needles during delivery.

    February 17, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply
    1. admin

      Wow, Micheal. That is so difficult for her. Maybe is she can finally trust a dentist, she can calm down and see that it is ok and she will be fine. Sometimes, having the dentist prescribe a sedative will help as well. Let me know if I can be of any help.

      February 22, 2013 at 3:23 am Reply
  26. Cindy

    I put off going to the dentist because every time I go,I receive a bill for way more than I had expected. The last time I went for a simple cleaning and ex-rays and receive a bill for a debridement.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:27 am Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Cindy. Well it depends on when was the last time you went to your dentist. If you have been going to the dentist every six months and gotten a professional cleaning, then you wouldn’t need a debridement. Did you ask your dentist why you needed this and not just a cleaning?

      March 15, 2013 at 3:37 am Reply
  27. Angel Allen

    This article puts me at ease. I am scared to go to the dentist but reading this makes me not so scared anymore. I may go soon thanks to you.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply
    1. admin

      Angel, I am happy to be of help!

      May 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm Reply
  28. Mel

    I went to the dentist a few years back due to a tooth split. My experience with that dentist wasn’t very good for simple fact that during the surgery teeth fragments were going down my throat which caused a serious sore throat :(.

    Every since then I haven’t went back to any dentist. I’m thinking maybe I should give it another try because I know I have some cavities.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply
    1. admin

      Mel, I am sorry to hear about your terrible experience, but don’t let that keep you from going to the dentist every 6 months and taking care of any problems that may arise early before it turns into something more serious. Do a little bit of research and find a good dentist.

      July 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm Reply
  29. Jenny McKnight

    I can definitely sympathize with people who are afraid to go to the dentist. Up until last year I hadn’t been for about 5 years. I had 16 teeth pulled when I was younger and this was a rather traumatic experience. It’s good to know that dentists are making a constant effort to make the customer more comfortable than in times in the past.

    July 30, 2013 at 2:08 am Reply
    1. admin

      Jenny, I am so sorry to hear that you had such bad experience with having to pull 16 teeth. That would be traumatic to anyone! But I am glad you got yourself back on track to seeing your dentist and I hope you will have a much better experience.

      July 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

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