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What to Do if You’re Afraid of the Dentist

If you avoid the dentist because of possible pain or discomfort, these tips can help.

Lots of people are afraid to go to the dentist. That fear can keep them from checkups that are important to oral health and overall health.

It helps to visit a dentist that you like and trust. And when you make an appointment, tell them you are afraid. After all, dentists are all about protecting your oral health, and they want to help you. They will help you to get past your fear.

If pain is a concern, you should know that new ways to deliver dental care cause no pain at all, or very little.

If the sounds at the dental office scare you, listen to music with ear buds while you are there. Breathing in and out slowly can help you relax, too.

The more you keep up with visits every six months, the better your oral health will be. If you have any mouth or tooth discomfort, the right care will help you feel better.

If you have children, here are ways to encourage them to have a good outlook about going to the dentist:

  • Brush and floss with your child. Put on your favorite song. Make it fun!
  • Tell them that the dentist will make their smile bright and healthy.
  • Don’t use the words "drill" or "shot."
  • Don’t tell scary dentist stories or let others tell scary stories either. 
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