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Sir Alex Ferguson compares World Cup to the Dentist….and not in a good way….

December 10, 2010

Football fans might still be reeling from the disappointment of missing out on hosting the World Cup but for some the whole tournament is a letdown. Football legend Sir Alex Ferguson recently commented: “Have you seen the last six World Cups? It’s like going to the dentist.”

Presumably, Sir Alex isn’t a fan of check-ups, and he’s not alone as one in four Brits feel anxious about visiting the dentist. So we thought we’d dig a little deeper and look at the top reasons cited by dental phobics for avoiding the chair.

“I don’t need to go!”

Many people assume that if their teeth don’t hurt they don’t need to visit the dentist. Wrong! Annual check-ups stop potential issues getting serious and your dentist can check that your brushing and flossing routine is doing the job it needs to.  Dentists check to see how older filings are holding up, the health of your gums and if you have any plaque build up. Regular appointments mean that small problems can be dealt with easily before they become more of a health issue.

“It hurts!”

A regular check up won’t hurt and dentists are trained to be gentle and observant. Of course there is a little poking and prodding to be done, and if you are worried about pain speak to your dentist when you meet him or her and they’ll be sensitive to your fears. The best way to avoid dental pain is to stop problems such as cavities or gum disease forming by…yes, that’s right….regular check-ups!

“It’s too expensive!”

Check-up appointments are available on the NHS, although if you are not registered with a dentist it can be hard to find a clinic with space to take on new patients. If you need more extensive treatments or would like cosmetic treatments it pays to look overseas where you can find excellent dentists charging less money that their UK private counterparts. Check out Hungary, which many consider to be the ‘dental capital’ of Europe.

“I’m too embarrassed!”

If you’ve not been for a while, and you know your teeth could be in trouble you might feel ashamed or embarrassed about going. “There’s no need to feel embarrassed about visiting the dentist, we’re trained to deal with all kinds of scenarios and the chances are we will have seen worse. Never feel ashamed, dentists are not here to judge you, we only want to help give you a healthy smile and help improve your dental health.” States Dr Attila Kaman.

“I’m too busy!”

Being time poor is an excuse over used by most people today whose busy working lives often get in the way of their personal health and happiness. Some of us feel uncomfortable asking for time off for personal appointments and don’t prioritise the dentist. A dental check-up only takes about 20 minutes and if you book in advance you’ll be able to secure an appointment at the beginning or end of the day. It’s worth remembering that heart health and Alzheimer’s have been linked to gum disease, so think of it as investing the time in your overall health, not just your teeth.

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