Going to the dentist has never been one of life’s greatest joys. Whether it’s having cavities filled, braces applied or more serious dental procedures such as root canals is not the kind of motivation that has most people skipping happily to the dentist’s office. Of course, going without the important check ups and procedures with the dentist will mean a lot more pain and suffering in the long term, but most children and even adults focus on the “pain now” aspects of going to the dentist.
The truth is that we need the dentist to help us take care of our teeth and to spot potential problems long before they become real problems. As adults we need to recognize that for the health and benefit to ourselves and especially our children that going to the dentist on a regular basis helps prevent potentially bigger problems from occurring. Now, this doesn’t mean that going to the dentist will be like a trip to Disneyland, but by changing our outlook we can help establish a good relationship with our dentist that will be beneficial over our lifetimes.