3 Misconceptions about Dentists
What comes to mind when you think of the word “dentist”?
If you’ve been influenced at all by the popular media, including movies, TV, and books, it’s probably not very complimentary!
Have you fallen into the trap of seeing dentists in a negative light? Consider these three common myths and then take a look at the reality:
Common Myths About Dentists
- Dentists like to cause pain: For a long time, popular culture has portrayed dentists as mean, unfeeling, and even sadistic. Dentists are even introduced as the bad guy to young children! (Finding Nemo, anyone?). These portrayals do a great disservice to a profession that is filled with people who are kind, gentle, caring, and compassionate. We don’t want to see our patients in pain; in fact, our goal is to help you prevent and avoid pain! We take great care to numb patients before procedures so you don’t feel a thing, and we keep a close eye on your health so we can provide conservative treatments early on before a bigger problem develops.
- Dentists aren't "real" doctors: Ouch! There’s a common idea that dentists are people who wanted to go to medical school but couldn’t “hack” it for some reason. This isn’t true in the least. Dental school is a lot of hard work. After completing an undergraduate degree (usually majoring in some type of science), and passing the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), dentists go on to complete four years of full-time study to earn their DDS or DMD degree. These classes are intensive and include study in anatomy, diseases, and more. During their training, dentists also go on to participate in clinical residencies, gaining hands-on experience with patients. Dentists must then become licensed by the state in which they practice, which requires them to pass a written and a practical exam. Ongoing education is necessary to stay on top of developments in the field and broaden their skills and the services they can offer their patients. To specialize in a particular field, such as pediatric dentistry or endodontics, a dentist must complete two to four more years of school and, likely, a residency in their chosen specialty. As you can see, it takes a lot of passion and work to become a dentist, and it’s definitely not the “easy” choice!
- Dentists will scold or shame you about your teeth: We hear from so many people who have put off seeing a dentist because they were embarrassed about the condition of their teeth and worried that their dentist would lecture them or make them feel bad.
At Premier Dental, that’s not what we’re about. We think of ourselves as your partners, and we want to help you improve your health and keep your teeth comfortable and attractive. We won’t shame or judge you. We’ll discuss your goals and your needs, look at your current home care routine, and provide recommendations and advice. We’ll also take the time to answer your questions and make sure that you are happy with the care you are receiving.
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Come see us today and find out the truth about dentists for yourself! We’re looking forward to meeting you!