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Dental phobia is sometimes confused with dental anxiety. Individuals that struggle with dental anxiety often feel increased stress during regular dental checkups as well as during dental procedures. Someone who suffers from dental phobia often experiences a powerful unreasoning fear of visiting the dentist.

If you have been avoiding visiting DM Family Dentistry for a regular dental checkup, or you have one or more problematic teeth, you should beware the dire consequences that could arise from not getting the quality dental care you need to maintain good oral health.

Dental phobia sufferers, that avoid regular visits to see DM Family Dentistry are at a greater risk for gum disease and tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Even with regular brushing and flossing teeth can develop tartar buildup. While regular brushing and flossing can remove a lot of plaque, you cannot remove tartar on your own at home.

Your regular dental checkup includes a basic cleaning procedure that polishes minor surface stains, while removing dangerous hardened tartar. Without resolving these minor surface stains, they can easily compound into serious staining issues that only stern, professional procedures can whiten.

Tartar that is allowed to build up for too long can cause the gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This allows bacteria access to the gum line, which can cause periodontal disease and bone loss in the bones that anchor the teeth in the mouth.

It’s important to keep in mind that dental phobia is a recognized psychological disorder with many different treatment options available.

If you struggle with dental phobia, or you are long overdue for your regular dental checkup, you should call DM Family Dentistry at 847-740-8827 to explore your treatment options.