According to your answers, it sounds like fear isn’t holding you back from the dentist—in fact, you may even eagerly anticipate a good six-month teeth cleaning to get your oral health in tip top shape. However, if you or a family member do occasionally feel uneasy when it comes to dental treatment, don’t despair: this is a perfectly normal and legitimate feeling that can be mitigated by a fear-free dental professional who offers compassionate, pain-free care.
Here are just a few qualities to look for in a good fear-free dentist, based on my book Fear-Free Dental Care: Finding a Dentist You Can Love:
- Positive language
A fear-free dentist always uses language that comes across as positive and constructive, rather than language that causes fear and anxiety. This includes body language!
- A gentle touch
What sets fear-free dentistry apart from traditional dentistry is not only a commitment to treating your mouth and teeth with extra care, but also making a special effort to comfort you in other ways. Making sure you feel heard, giving you a signal so you can stop the dentist if you need to, or providing a warm blanket are just a few ways we help you feel relaxed and cared for.
- No shame
Fear-free dentists never use shaming tactics to encourage good dental habits. For instance, they might say, “You have five cavities.” A fear-free dentist would never say, “I told you that if you didn’t start flossing you’d end up with cavities.”
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