Statistics show that 96 percent of adult Poles feel the fear of going to the dentist, and some patients are even paralyzed by fear of starting treatment. Dentophobia is often stronger than the desire to care for the health and aesthetics of our smile.
At the same time, the data of the Medical University of Warsaw shows that the average Pole after 35 years of age lack ca. 11 teeth, and every 4 after 65 years of age has no dentition at all. Such statistics are frightening, especially considering the fact that nowadays more and more is talked about the image and the role it plays, together with the effect of a positive smile, in building credibility and achieving professional fulfillment. Western patterns of business success indicate that smiling people are seen as more fulfilled, cheerful, attractive, successful and confident in their values. However, the reality of our country and statistical data clearly show that a Polish successful man cannot always be recognized by his beautiful, healthy teeth. We attach great importance to where we live, what we ride, how we dress, what we collect… but care for health, especially with regard to a smile, is still insufficient! What to do to increase it and change our mentality? First of all, you should change your attitude towards dental treatment and free yourself from stereotypical thinking about it. The most common belief is that at the dentist there must be the pain. Myth! Dentistry, like almost no other branch of medicine, offers numerous treatment options for the oral cavity not only without local pain but also such which eliminate stress, anxiety and various fears. If the patient is afraid of pain but does not feel paralyzing fear and can participate in the procedure, local anesthesia (spray, gel, infiltration or conduction anesthesia) are offered. If you are afraid, apart from pain, also of hearing, visual or odor sensations, you can carry out therapeutic procedures in semi-sleep (sedation) or anesthesia. The big advantage of such solutions is the fact that comprehensive treatments can be performed during the procedures (e.g. remove teeth, implant treatment, put on prosthetic restorations). The second myth is the belief that after losing teeth we do not have to fill the gaps. We have to! Filling tooth deficiencies is necessary not only for aesthetic reasons, but above all for health reasons.
Mieszkam i pracuję w Warszawie. Praktykę lekarską prowadzę od ponad dwudziestu lat. Jestem współwłaścicielką kliniki stomatologicznej Trio-Dent, gdzie leczę pacjentów, prowadzę badania naukowe, ale też udzielam pomocy osobom, które jej potrzebują.