Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


So You Haven’t Been to the Dentist in Forever….


Admitting you need someone can often be a pretty hard thing to do. That might be one reason why it can sometimes be tough to return to the dentist after having not had an appointment for several years. More often than not, patients who haven’t been to the dentist in forever simply dread getting “the lecture” about their teeth.

Many patients will often talk to friends or family members about being upset or angry with their dentist because they might have been on the receiving end of a talk about being better about oral health. Or worse, they feel negative about their dentist because “every time” they go, they have a cavity to treat. Unfortunately, “every time” in this case means every 3 or 4 years – which means that the dentist never actually even had the opportunity to prevent the cavity in the first place.

So how do you make a dental appointment easier when you haven’t been in more than a couple years? It’s actually not that hard, and it all starts with attitude. Just be up-front with your dentist about your history and your routine. Acknowledge what you know needs changing, and you’ll just have a good, informative conversation.

Also understand this – much of what your dentist tells you is dictated by the law. In order to improve your health and prevent dental emergencies in the future, your dentist is required to make sure you understand your health. This might include the reminder that your spotty brushing routine and 5 year breaks  visits to the dentist could be having an effect. Nobody’s trying to make you feel badly.

Outside of being afraid of “the lecture” some patients are more worried about how the dentist will react to your mouth, especially if you’ve been a bit lax with your oral hygiene. Our dentists in Garden Grove remind you this: we’ve always seen worse. On top of this – our entire dental team is comprised of the industry’s top professionals, so you can always expect caring, compassionate care, no matter what.

One final tip: Tell the Dentist How You Feel

If you haven’t been to the dentist in years and you’re worried about what your dentist might find or what she might say. Let it out! Don’t worry silently. You should be able to trust your dentist, and if you’re nervous about your cleaning – saying so is the perfect start to better oral health and a better relationship with your dentist for years to come.

Category: Dental Care, Dentist

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