Preventative Dentistry

Myths about going to the dentist

We get it. Going to the dentist is probably never going to be your favorite thing to do. That’s cool. But it’s not cool to not do it. Yet, each year according to the American Dental Association, millions of Americans do not receive regular dental care. While we can’t make you come, we can bust some of the most common myths about the dentist that ultimately keep people from coming.

Myth #1: It’s going to hurt
At Jackson Dental, our dentists, hygienists, and assistants utilize the most advanced dental technology and procedures all of which have helped make dental care more convenient and comfortable than ever before. We regularly attend continuing education courses designed specifically on patient experience and are prepared to accommodate patients who may suffer from dental anxiety. The best way to avoid lengthy and extensive is by coming more frequently to see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

Myth #2: Dental care is expensive
Not to sound like a broken record but regular cleanings and checkups can actually help keep your dental costs down. If you have dental insurance, most carriers will cover preventative treatments entirely. However other treatments such as root canals, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants are usually only partially covered by dental insurance making your out-of-pocket expenses more. By making preventative care a priority, you’ll actually reduce discomfort during your treatment; reduce the amount of time you’re at the dentist, and save yourself money. Jackson Dental does offer payment plan options, including CareCredit. Our staff is happy to work with you to find the best solution for your oral health and your budget.

Myth #3: You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.
If you’ve learned anything from this blog, it’s probably that you need to visit your dentist regularly. Diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later. Some dental issues are asymptomatic but can still cause infection and need treatment. If you were to wait too long, the treatment needed may be more expensive than if the disease were caught before it worsened. Also, the tooth has a lesser chance of being saved at a later point in time.

Avoiding the dentist because of a myth will only make the reality of visiting worse. To help dental anxiety, reduce dental bills, or ensure proper brushing techniques, schedule an appointment with Jackson Dental today. Give us a call at 573-243-5200.