As a sedation dentist serving the greater Wilkes Barre area, Dr. James DeFinnis understands that dental fear and phobia are very real and can be very difficult to overcome. Often, a person’s fear of the dentist and/or dental care stems from a fear of dental treatment itself, the tools used during dental work, and the sights, smells, and sounds of a dental office. Today, however, Dr. DeFinnis wants to discuss another cause of dental phobia and a few ways to remedy it.
Avoiding the Dentist due to Embarrassment
If you suffer from dental fear and anxiety, it’s safe to assume that you haven’t been to the dentist in many years and you’re not receiving the dental care you need and deserve. If this is true, your teeth and gums are probably not in optimal health. If your teeth and gums are in bad condition, you may be embarrassed to reach out to the dentist to seek out the dental care you need.
This process can become a vicious cycle, with you avoiding the dentist due to dental embarrassment and the health of your teeth and gums failing more and more as the days go by because you’re not receiving the professional dental care you need. Dr. DeFinnis wants to help you end this cycle and restore optimal health, function, and beauty to your smile.
At-Home Dental Hygiene
Of course, we want to see you in our Trucksville dentist office to help you restore health and beauty to your smile, but if you suffer from dental fear and anxiety, this is much easier said than done. Because of this, it is our hope that you will take the reigns on your dental hygiene at home to build the health of your teeth and gums enough so that you feel comfortable receiving professional dental care.
To do this, Dr. DeFinnis—and the American Dental Association—recommend brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, as well as using a tongue scraper and a fluoridated mouthwash to keep your breath fresh and your mouth bacteria free. For anything else you need to begin restoring health to your teeth and gums, Dr. DeFinnis and the Back Mountain Dental team invite you to visit the Back Mountain Smile Store. Here, you’ll find a variety of dental hygiene products, including toothpaste for special dental needs, oral bacteria-reducing products, denture care items, teeth whitening tools, and more.