If you have been avoiding the dentist because you are embarrassed by the condition of your smile, you are not alone. Dentists encounter patients every day who have allowed dental problems to get to unbearable levels because they were too embarrassed to go to the dentist when the issues were at a more manageable level. The reality is that dental issues such as decay and gum disease will continue to worsen without intervention. On the other hand, both of those issues are manageable when you catch them early. Damaged or missing teeth can also be a source of embarrassment. But living with teeth that are damaged or missing will significantly restrict your ability to eat as you wish and live without pain. Do not let embarrassment prevent you from the getting help with dental issues such as decay, gum disease, damaged teeth, or missing teeth.
Decay always starts out small but it can quickly spread without proper dental care. Tooth decay eats away at your teeth and can lead to serious pain. If you do not get professional intervention for decay it will continue to damage your teeth and cause large black spots. Eventually the decay can cause your teeth to break off and fall out. Tooth decay will not go away on its own or slow down. It is not uncommon to feel embarrassed when you have tooth decay. Remember that your dentist is trained to deal with a wide range of oral problems. And, most importantly, your dentist wants to help you get a smile that is free from pain. You may think that your dentist will judge the condition of your teeth but the reality is that he or she will be focused on restoring your smile.
Gum disease also starts out small and it is typically very treatable in the beginning. The early signs of gum disease are relatively insignificant. The signs include tenderness, redness, and bleeding while brushing. As gum disease worsens your gums can become visibly inflamed, may separate from your teeth, and recede. When gum disease gets to a serious level it can cause significant pain and lead to tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been linked to other types of serious health conditions. It is imperative that you get professional help if you have serious gum disease. Consider the potential for serious consequences to help you overcome your embarrassment and get to the dentist.
If you are embarrassed about your missing teeth it can keep you out of the dentist and cause you to avoid social situations at all costs. You are giving up a lot by letting your embarrassment keep you from getting help. There are a number of high-quality tooth replacement options that can help you if you are missing one or multiple teeth. If you can overcome your embarrassment long enough to get help you will be happy to learn about the quality tooth replacement options that are available.
If you allow embarrassment to keep you from getting the dental care you need, you will be suffering needlessly. It can be difficult to face the condition of your teeth but remember that your dentist is trained to help people with a wide range of dental problems. At Samuels Dental Arts, we welcome patients with all levels of dental issues. The focus is always on finding a treatment option that will restore the look, function, and health of your smile.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.