Having a fear or phobia of going to the dentist is one of many reasons why you may avoid going. For some people the cost may put you off going as dental treatments can become very expensive if a lot of work is required. Other people just do not see regular dental visits as high priority and feel that they can maintain their teeth without the need to see a dentist at all.
All of these are of course valid reasons for not going to the dentist regularly. However, there are lots of good reasons why you should maintain regular check-ups with your dentist even if it is something you do not enjoy or maybe even have a phobia of doing.
First of all, in the longer term not looking after your teeth may be more expensive than not doing so. Whilst a regular dental check-up may be relatively inexpensive if you let your teeth get into a poor state of health then the cost of treatment may escalate very quickly and you may not be able to afford the treatment you require.
In addition, if you are looking to purchase a dental insurance plan most will not pay out for pre-existing treatments. If you have regular dental check-ups and look after your teeth on a day-by-day basis then should you need expensive treatment after purchasing a dental plan much of the cost will be absorbed by the dental plan company.
If fear is preventing you from going to the dentist there is help and support available to you. If you are not comfortable going on your own then ask a close friend or family member to go with you. Maybe hypnotherapy is a possible solution or a specialized course for people who share similar anxieties.
You can also help yourself by explaining to the dentist or dental nurse that you are anxious. Dentists fully understand this fear and deal with it day in, day out. You are certainly not alone in your fear even though it may feel like it at times.
If you have not been to the dentist for a long time then it would be worthwhile to make an appointment just to establish what treatment would be required and the possible cost implications of the treatment. This way you can go to the dentist knowing that no treatment is going to happen during that visit, meet your dentist and discuss your concerns and begin to feel comfortable with the situation. You also have the option to leave the appointment, understand fully what is proposed and it gives you time to get your head around it and make a decision on what to do next.