In 2016 we will…
Go to the dentist.
Odontophobia is the fear of going to the dentist and it’s thought that as many as 10% of adults in the UK suffer from it.
I don’t think I’ve met anyone who enjoys going to the dentist, but regular dental check ups are incredibly important for a whole manner of different health reasons, which is why it is so important to make yourself go. Most people should see a dentist every six months, but this will vary depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and whether you need treatment. If a problem is left untreated, it is highly likely it will get worse, get infected, cause more pain worst of all and could result in the loss of a tooth.
Most dental appointments will consist of a check up to assess your oral health and a clean up to remove any plaque or tartar build up. If you have children, it is incredibly important that you take them to the dentist from an early age to ensure good dental habits in later life. It is also vital that they don’t pick up on any anxiety you may have, because this will only cause them to create their own worries.
If you can’t remember the last time you saw your dentist, make a note to book yourself an appointment and remember… keep smiling!