We all know that we’re supposed to brush and floss our teeth daily. And most of us are pretty good about doing it, too. But how many can say that we’ve kept up with regular teeth cleanings? Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, the answer is probably not as many as you should have. But why is that? Teeth cleanings are essential, after all. They remove plaque and tartar, which lead to gum disease if left unchecked. They also allow your dentist to check for any oral health problems you may not be aware of. So why do so many skip out on them?
There are a few reasons. For one thing, teeth cleaning can be time-consuming and expensive. They usually take at least 30 minutes, and if you have dental insurance, they may only cover a portion of the cost.
Another reason people avoid getting their teeth cleaned is that they’re afraid of the dentist. It’s not unusual to feel anxious about going to the dentist; for some people, that anxiety can be debilitating. As a result, they’ll do everything they can to avoid going to the dentist altogether.
However, there are ways to ease your fears and ensure you get the dental care you need. For example, if cost is an issue, several dental clinics like Gentle Touch Family Dentistry offer sliding-scale fees or provide services for free or at low costs. And if you’re afraid of the dentist, we have sedation options available to help you relax during your appointment.