Americans have trouble going to the dentist. We just don’t go as often as we should. The American Dental Association performed some research to discern the causes of this. Their findings uncovered seven primary reasons. Come in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning, and you’ll find that dentists have advice about these concerns.
In order of prevalence, these are the reasons reported to the ADA. Below each, we will attempt to address the concerns as well as can be done.
Money is a very real barrier in our world. In the long-term, finding a way to buy some basic dental insurance is the best way to offset this barrier. Individual plans for dental insurance run as low as ten or twenty dollars a month. When this is still too much, there are dental versions of RX cards that essentially work as discount cards at some dentist offices.
“My mouth is healthy and I do not need dental care”
This is a great situation to be in, but it’s not altogether real. No matter how healthy our mouths are, we still benefit from the aid of the experts. Dentists do more than clean our teeth when we go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning. They also observe our oral health and look for early warning signs of oral hygiene problems. Catching these problems early, as only an expert can do, is the best way to prevent long-term oral health complications.
“I do not have time to get to the dentist”
In the modern life of endless work, familial obligations, and social maintenance, it’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed. To feel like we just don’t have enough time to do everything. And its true, we don’t have enough time to do everything. Tossing the dentist off the schedule, though, isn’t a viable solution. Not only do these appointments take minimal time, but the potential consequences of missing them are too great to ignore.
“I cannot easily travel to the dentist”
Public transport is often the best option when we don’t have our own vehicles. It’s also worth trying to find a friend or family member who can give you a ride. Some of us even schedule appointments back to back so that its convenient for both parties. At the end of the day, though, taking care of your teeth is important, and if that means taking the bus, or a taxi, then that’s often the best choice. The long-term savings will more than make up for the short-term costs.
“I cannot find a dentist that accepts my insurance”
Going to the dentist can be expensive when insurance doesn’t help with the bill. At Tulsa Modern Dental, we do our best to work with our clients and their insurance providers. The bottom line is that this is a tough dilemma and you shouldn’t have to wrestle with it alone. Call for a Tulsa teeth cleaning and let us see how we can help.
“I have dentures/no teeth”
It’s a common misperception that dentists are only concerned with teeth. One of the most important parts of our oral health is our gums. By maintaining your twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning appointments, you are making sure that the entirety of your mouth stays in top health. In the case of wearing dentures, this can be especially important as they can both wear away at the gums and trap food particulates against the gums.
“Anxiety over visiting the dentist”
Dealing with anxiety is difficult but, except in rare cases, not insurmountable. One of the most important things to do is to remind yourself that you can do it. Fight the doubt with constructed self-confidence and, in those moments of confidence, take the key steps of action that the anxiety is keeping you from. This may mean working yourself up to scheduling that Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment and spending the day of that appointment doing everything you can to bolster your confidence.