The Biggest Mistakes Patients Make and How to Avoid Them

It is important to see your dentist at least once every six months. This is the only reliable way to assure that your teeth remain strong and healthy. Unfortunately, it can be far too easy to come up with excuses not to make an appointment with your dentist.

Here are the biggest pitfalls that our Issaquah dentist sees people falling for, and why you should make every effort to overcome them:

#1: “I can’t afford dental treatments!”
You may be surprised how affordable your treatments can be. If you keep up to date with your regular preventative treatments, your expenses should remain very manageable. It’s by ignoring your dental needs and postponing your treatments that you invite more disastrous damage and higher bills in the future. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, though, you can schedule an appointment to discuss the costs and review your insurance information.

#2: “It’s going to hurt too much!”
Modern advances have removed much of the pain from the dentist’s office. Even the concept of the agonizing root canal is an antiquated notion. Talk to us to learn more about how we use minimally-invasive procedures to make your experience more comfortable.

#3: “I feel fine, so I don’t need to see the dentist.”
If you have a cavity, you’re not going to feel pain until it’s gotten bad enough to require a root canal. It’s only by undergoing regular check-ups can you know for sure whether or not you have a problem. We are able to identify tooth decay in its early stages, when it can be quickly and easily treated.

#4: “I don’t have enough time to see the dentist.”
Many of us are accustomed to dental treatments that require you to come in for hours at a time, possibly with multiple appointments. Our state-of-the-art equipment and practices allow us to cut down on your time commitment, finishing many procedures in a single sitting. Further, since our minimally-invasive treatments can often be done without anesthesia, you’ll be able to leave our office without having to set aside any time to recover.

#5: “I don’t want to get braces!”
Many people who need braces are afraid of the discomfort and self-consciousness they think they’ll experience after orthodontic work. Fortunately, we offer alternatives to the traditional metal braces that are more comfortable, less visible, and require a shorter treatment period. Talk to Dr. Dipti to see what kind of orthodontic work you may be eligible for.

#6: “My oral health is not a high priority.”
Good oral health means more than just keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and your oral hygiene has a direct link to your overall health. Poor dental care can be linked to heart disease, bad mental health, digestive problems, and more. Regular dental visits should be one of your top priorities when it comes to your health care.

Meadow Creek Dental provides services to patients from around Issaquah and Sammamish. Book an appointment online or call our office during normal business hours at 425-369-9116.