If you are going to ask people why they would rather risk having to suffer prolonged tooth decay and plaque for a certain period of time than risk going to the dentists, you will surely get myriads of answers. The reason for this is the fact that many people have awkward experiences with their dentists. The mere fact that when you go, for example, to a dentist, you will surely have that uncomfortable feeling of having to expose your gums and tonsils to the dentist’s examining eye. It’s as if you feel that you are slowly emasculated in front of your dentists, without having a choice but to expose your esophagus to your dentist, and exposing your esophagus can be the vilest thing that you could ever do in your life. Yet, sometimes you got no choice but to suffer the consequences of having a decaying tooth. Even if you follow what Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in his “Notes from the Underground,” that man usually “finds pleasure in having tooth decay,” we can never really deny the fact that a decaying tooth surrounded by inflamed gums is still a nasty condition to experience. Hence, we often got no choice when the pains of tooth decay engulf us, but to go to the nearest dentist and have ourselves examined in a very awkward manner. We just wish that there would be an X-ray apparatus that would spare us the discomfort of having to open up our mouth widely just to let the dentist figure out what the conditions of our teeth are. This was also my experience when I was just a child in Puyallup, Washington, being dragged by my mom to visit dentist in puyallup for the extractionof a burdensome decaying tooth. My experience then was further compounded by the sight of the long needle that would deliver the dose of local anesthesia to numb my gums.
Children nowadays get more relief when they go to the dental clinic, because dental practices have already evolved a lot. Aside from the good training of dentists in child psychology, dentists nowadays no longer use long fearful needles to deliver local anesthesia. This has been one of the major fears of most people before whenever they subjected their mouths to the scrutiny of a dentist. The fearsome needle had to be hurdled first, before one would feel some relief. Afterwards, there would be so much pain after the effects of the anesthesia had subsided, and this type of experience bolsters the truth about the saying, “no pain, no gain.”
With the progress in dentistry such as the development of other areas of dentistry like orthodontics and prosthodontics, we can definitely expect better dental services in the near future. Likewise, more and more people will be enjoined to take care of their teeth and value the importance of regular dental checkups to maintain the health and strength of their teeth. With the growing demand for specializations and improvement of dental services, we can be very sure that we will be properly taken care of by our dentists, and we will no longer fear having to sit on the dentist’s chair to have our teeth examined.