Why Do We Avoid The Dentist?

why we avoid the dentistSometimes it’s a lingering memory of a prior bad experience. Other times it’s fear of the noise. Whatever it is, it’s a fact we’re well aware of – some people completely avoid going to the dentist. At our Sterling dental office, we want to talk about some common reasons people avoid the dentist and how this avoidance is hurting you worse than any dental treatment possibly could.

Top Reasons We Avoid the Dentist

There are many reasons people avoid the dentist. One of the top reason is a legitimate phobia of the dentist. Fear of the dentist even has it’s own name, dentophobia, and can range from mild to severe. But the right dentist can really do a lot to ease your fear. You should always be comfortable talking with your dentist about your concerns and anxieties and find relief in their reassurances.

Another reason we tend to avoid the dentist is if we’ve had bad dental experience in the past. A common thought is that if it hurt once, it’s going to hurt again. Even though advancements have been made in dental technology to make treatments easy, comfortable, and virtually pain free, a bad memory can cause additional fear. Again, if this is the case, talk to your dental team about your fears and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re comfortable and that each procedure is done with gentleness and ease.

We’ve also heard patients at our Sterling dental office talk about their uneasiness with the noise of the drill and other tools. We understand that when you’re getting a cavity filled or professional cleanings done that the noise of the instruments can sounds extremely loud, especially when they’re in your mouth. But what’s important to know is that while they may sound scary, these tools are designed to make treatments easier and are actually helping to keep your treatment pain-free.

Why Avoiding the Dentist Can Be Bad for Your Health

We know that it’s nothing personal, and that you don’t dislike us as people, but it still concerns us that you’re not receiving the dental care you need if you avoid seeing your Sterling dentist regularly. Without regular dental cleanings and checkups, your mouth is a great place for bacteria to thrive, gum disease to develop, and even for oral cancer to lurk without you knowing it. Visiting the dentist can not only keep your mouth healthy, it can keep your body healthy too.

Many oral health problems like gum disease are linked to full-body issues such as heart disease, strokes, hard-to-control diabetes, and plenty of other pretty scary stuff. So if you’re avoiding the dentist, it’s not only your smile that’s suffering.

No matter the reason you haven’t come to our dental office in Sterling, please give us a call today. We’ll talk with you about your fears and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way.

Serving patients in Sterling, Potomac Falls, Herndon, and surrounding areas.

Top 3 Things Your Sterling Dentist Wants You to Know

We always try to spend time at each and every appointment educating patients on key points to learn, know, and remember. While every part of your oral health routine is important, there are a few “favorite things” that take precedence and we want every patient at our Sterling dental office to know.

Bleeding is NEVER Good

There’s a common misconception that it’s ok for your gums to bleed a little bit while brushing or flossing. The truth is, your gums should never, ever bleed. If they do, it’s a key sign that something is not right. Whether it’s your hygiene routine that’s not being done well, or you have gum disease, bleeding gums need to be addressed, examined, and treated as soon as possible.

Healthy Mouths = Healthy Bodies

Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. This is probably the most important “favorite thing” on our list. Dental problems like gum disease can not only cause tooth loss, they’ve also been linked to heart disease, strokes, dementia, and much more. This is why keeping up with regular appointments at our dental office in Sterling  is so important. Routine visits not only help keep your smile clean, they’re also key to catching problems before they get really serious.

Bad Breath Could Mean Bad News

Sure, bad breath can be caused by something you ate, but if your breath is chronically bad, there’s a good chance that something isn’t right. Gum disease, dry mouth, and poor hygiene can cause bad breath, and no breath fresheners like mouthwash, mints, or gum will help fix it for the long term. By starting a good hygiene routine of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day, you can help fight bad breath. However, there are times when the problem has progressed too far and the bad breath doesn’t go away. This is when you need to call our Sterling dental office. It’s important that we check out what’s going on and work on getting it treated.

I’ve only touched on a few of the favorite things we want our patients to know, and there’s still so much more to learn. If you have questions about your dental health, or you want to learn more about the importance of regular checkups, proper hygiene, and knowing the signs of when something isn’t right, give our dental office in Sterling  a call today.

Serving patients in Sterling Potomac Falls, Herndon, and surrounding areas.

Cavity Myths in Sterling Busted!

We all have the common knowledge that cavities are bad for our teeth. However, even though we know that cavities should be avoided, there are some widely accepted beliefs about cavities that are actually myths. At the Sterling dental office of PK Dentistry, we want to alleviate some of the confusion that goes along with trying to separate cavity myths from reality.

One of the most commonly accepted myths about cavities is that sugar is the #1 cause. While there is a bit of truth to it, the sugar itself doesn’t cause the decay. It’s actually the acid that’s created when carbohydrates like sugar are eaten. When you eat carbohydrates, the bacteria in your mouth are triggered to make acid. It’s this acid that makes eating sugar and other carbohydrates so dangerous for your smile — it eats into your teeth creating cavities.

A second myth that we’d like to debunk is that cavities in baby teeth are nothing to worry about. In reality, if cavities in baby teeth are left untreated, they can develop into abscesses and can cause a lot of pain. Additionally, not only will it be painful, the infection can also actually spread to other areas of the body.

An alarming myth for our Sterling dental office is the one that states you’ll know when you have a cavity. In reality, mild tooth decay doesn’t have any symptoms. It’s when the decay becomes more advanced and begins to cause nerve damage that you can feel pain. This is one reason keeping up with exams in our Sterling dental office is so important. If we can catch a cavity before it causes pain, we can not only keep you pain free, we can also help you avoid more in-depth procedures like a crown or even a root canal.

If you’re overdue for a check up, call PK Dentistry today. We’ll perform a comprehensive exam, work with you to treat any cavities that may be developing, and get your smile healthy and pain free.