Just this morning, I read a heartbreaking story about a woman who was so afraid to see the dentist that she used superglue to fix her own teeth. There are so many things wrong with this situation that I’m not even sure where to start, but let’s begin with the most important issue: superglue is a highly toxic chemical that has no place in dentistry. While this DIY solution may appear to be working – after all, the superglue did secure the tooth that had fallen out back in place – the side effects are monumentally harmful. In this case, the woman wound up losing 90% of her jaw bone in the application area. Don’t use superglue to fix your teeth!
As a Quincy, MA dentist, the part of this story that really breaks my heart is how needless it all was. All of the issues the woman was experiencing with her teeth could have safely addressed, with minimal pain, by a competent, qualified dentist. Instead, she suffered for over a decade and wound up doing real damage to her own health because she was afraid to see the dentist.
Unlike many people who avoid the dentist because they’re afraid procedures will be painful, this woman had a different motivation. Many years previously, a dentist had discovered her mother’s throat cancer, which subsequently proved fatal. Fearful of having this same experience, the woman avoided seeking any dental care.
It’s important to understand that your Quincy, MA dentist cares about more than your teeth. Providing superior patient care requires a holistic approach that takes into account both your physical and emotional needs. Sometimes, as in this case, the emotional needs have to be addressed prior to any dental care can take place. When this woman had had her fears about a throat cancer diagnosis addressed, she was able to move forward with dental care, which gave her back her smile and removed a constant source of pain from her life.
If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because you’re afraid of pain, other health concerns being discovered, or any other reason, I urge you to come in and talk to us about it. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and will address your concerns seriously and in depth. Don’t let misinformation or fear doom you to a life of pain and suffering – and please, please don’t take up DIY dentistry. There is a better way!