Affinity Health Plan

  • Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

    July 20, 2015

    Lots of people fear the dentist. A lot of people don't go to the dentist because of fear. Affinity wants you to go to the dentist.

    Here is some information to help with your fear:

    • Find a dentist that you like and trust.  Call the number listed here for the names of dentists in your area-1-855-208-6768.
    • Go see the dentist.  The dentist cares about your mouth and wants to help you take care of it.  The more you see the dentist the better your mouth will be. Try to see your dentist two times a year.
    • Even if you haven't seen the dentist for a while it's important to go.  You may be embarrassed about the shape your mouth is in.  You may be afraid the dentist will yell at you.  The dentist wants to help you with your oral care.  You will not be "yelled at".  See the dentist "better late than never".
    • If the noises scare you take music along.  Relax.  Breathe slowly in and out.  Think of something that you really like; a favorite place or a good memory.
    • Worried about pain?  Dentists have lots of new ways to work on your mouth - very little pain is now involved with anything the dentist does. 

    Help your children have a good dentist visit.  Here's how:

    • Brush and floss together.  Put on your favorite song.  Make it fun! This will help your child to learn how and will help set good habits.
    • Tell your child that the dentist will count your teeth and clean your teeth to make your smile bright and healthy.
    • Tell your child that if a tooth needs a little extra work the dentist will put the tooth to sleep and it will wake up when you get home.
    • Don't talk to your child about pain - it will scare them.
    • Don't tell your child scary dentist stories.  Don't let brothers and sisters tell scary stories either.
    • Don't use the words drill or shot.
    • Your child will look at how you are reacting and react like that too.  Be sure to act cheerful, relaxed and eager about visits to the dentist.

    Being afraid is normal.  Try these tips to make visits to the dentist more stress free. 

    Submitted by: DentaQuest

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