FREE DENTAL CARE FOR TEENS
Worried about going to the dentist?
- then you are not alone. In a survey of Canterbury teens carried out in November 2006, 27% answered that they would become a bit worried or anxious if they found out they were going to the dentist tomorrow.*
Although you might not be very keen to go to the dentist, it is really important that you do. An oral health problem can become much worse if it is not dealt with early. By visiting the dentist regularly (every 12 months) the dentist can detect problems at an early stage before they start causing a lot of pain and damage.
Don't worry if you think you have a problem that is going to hurt to fix, dentist are experts with anaesthetic (for pain relief). What you really need to avoid is all the pain and discomfort that happens if you don't get the problem fixed!
Remember: Dentists are there to help you with your
oral health problem as best he/she can.
So, what do I do if I am worried or anxious about going to the dentist...?
A good way to deal with your worries or anxiety is to tell your dentist about it. Being upfront about your worries means that your dentist will be better equipped to find a solution that will help you keep your teeth healthy, while taking into account what is worrying you.
If the thought of going to the dentist makes you feel really anxious, and you just can't go in the door, talk to your medical doctor.
There's no shame in being scared of going to the dentist -
people are scared of all sorts of things, but often need some help to conquer
To find out more about what happens when you're at your dental appointment, click here...
*Regional Coordination Service for Adolescent Oral Health, CDHB, Attitudes to, and Utilisation of Dental Care by Canterbury Adolescents – 2006