A dental professional may just have one of the oddest jobs on the planet. They clean and repair your mouth area for the ultimate dental health benefit and their payment for this vital function….. to be universally feared and hated by almost every person in the world, particularly by children.
This is why so many dental clinics now have designated play areas with cheerfully bright toys for children to enjoy and colorful stickers they can earn only after allowing the dentist to look at their pearly whites.
At one time though, this wasn’t the case, there was very little choice when it came to deciding which dentist to use, which meant that a visit to a dentist was done only in times of pain and discomfort. Times have certainly changed and there are now an ever increasing number from which to make your selection, all of whom are in competition for your business, meaning they bend over backwards to make your visit as pleasurable as it can be.
How can a trip to the dentists be pleasurable?
Because of the very nature of dentistry it is important that the clinic is made to feel like a relaxing and pleasant place to visit. However, it wasn’t always like this. In my youth, as I’m sure many of you would agree, dental clinics were almost always thought of in the same way, as torture chambers.
My first experience of going to the dentist was of being dragged screaming and kicking into my local surgery by my mother to endure a filling, much to my disapproval. Unfortunately, the stigma of that first visit stays with you for a long time and in some cases never leaves you. Nowadays kids get it very easy, thankfully.
Dental practitioners and their assistants are now extremely well trained in dealing with nervous and frightened patients, particularly children, as well as dentistry, making visits as pleasurable, or should I say tolerable, as is possible.
The bottom line is that your teeth are vitally important to you and the only person who can help you keep them healthy and in good working condition is the dentist, so get rid of the fear and make sure you get regular check-ups.