Many people have great fear of visiting the dentist. They are convinced that a trip to the chair will be excruciating. Here are some common myths that should be addressed about your trip to the dentist that can help you to be more confident at your next visit.

Myth #1: The dentist doesn't care that I am nervous

Actually, a good dentist is used to nervous patients and will be there to encourage and support patients during a visit. Dentists have been trained to deal with nervousness and fear and realize that a good chair-side manner is important to maintaining a successful dental practice. Also, if you are fearful, know that the dentist can and will answer any questions about your procedure before and after. You are in control of the situation.

Myth #2: A shot at the dentist is extremely painful

Actually, dentists can now offer a pre-injection cream that can stop the anesthetic shot from hurting. Also, dentists are experienced in offering distractions to patients so that pain is not the focus.

Myth #3: Gum disease happens to everyone and doesn't require dental care

Some assume that gum disease is just a product of aging and time. However, gum disease should not be a natural occurrence and can be avoided. This disease is caused by plaque build-up or improper home care. Also, medical conditions such as diabetes or heart problems can cause gum disease. Even though some are more prone to the disease, having your teeth cleaned regularly and taking extra precautions can help you avoid common pitfalls of gum disease.

Myth #4: The dentist will be angry with me about my dental health

Dentists spend their whole day dealing with teeth, some extremely healthy and others severely decayed. You will not be the best or worst they have seen. Fear of being reprimanded by a dental professional should not keep you away from a dentist. In fact, finding and repairing a problem in its early stages is the most important thing to maintain a a healthy smile.

Myth #5: You don't need to visit the dentist if your teeth feel fine

Visiting the dentist twice a year is very important, even if you have a perfect smile (or so you think). Even if you aren't experiencing pain, you could still have a developing cavity that should be attended to. The longer you wait to treat something, the more pain and expense that could be involved.

Visiting the dentist doesn't have to be a scary experience. You can live with a happy smile and a peaceful dental experience if you see those dental visits as an important priority and not a place of fear.