Can you imagine yourself sitting on a dental chair in your dentist’s office?
Whilst thousands of us visit the dentists at least twice per year, it certainly doesn’t fill us with joy – Seinfeld called them “sadists, only with better magazines”.
Many individuals are scared to visit their dentist and I am one among the significant population of nervous dental patients.
Given my current fortunate situation of travelling the world funded through my photography, dentists are starting to become my bread and butter.
You see, no matter what town I travel to, there will always be a dentist office that require my services. I actually asked my last dentist why she thought so many like to have clean and professional photography done of their office.
She told me that many people are still nervous when it comes to visiting their dentist, so it’s very important that the pics on their website and marketing materials portray a very relaxed, friendly, office that will put people at ease – hence why the lighting etc. is so important to get right.
We all have different reasons why we fear the dentist and dread actually visiting one. I fear the dentist because I am afraid of injections and the thought of painful tooth extractions brings back unpleasant memories inside the dentist’s office during my teenage years.
Not to mention that I am not comfortable having someone probing in my mouth. But when I had a very excruciating toothache when I was a teenager I never thought twice to rush to my dentist for dental emergency care. And, after that I realised that I should fear having a toothache and not my dentist.
I must say, that working with so many of them professionally, has really helped curb my fears too.
So, don’t fear your dentist; they are a good bunch that look after your oral health and want you to have healthy teeth and gums.
Toothache is not only debilitating but it is a symptom of an underlying problem. Having a toothache can cause headache and pain all over your body and it is your mouth’s way of telling that you need to pay more attention to your dental hygiene.
I know regular dental examinations put the fear of dread in most of us, but it is something that will save you from agonizing and long hours of pain caused by toothache, gingivitis, periodontal disease and all other oral diseases in the future.
Some of my latest work involved some before and after shots of an older gentleman that had suffered pretty badly from gingivitis – all of which could have been prevented if he had seen the dentist regularly.
A regular visit to the dentist can spot the signs of dental diseases, keep them at bay and even help you keep your smile looking fantastic – and there’s nothing more important in photography than a winning smile
Regular cleaning of teeth done by the dentist involves scaling and polishing of teeth which is extremely vital as it can effectively remove plaque that is not completely removed even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in the areas of the teeth that are hard to reach on your own such as the back molars.
Plaque is a sticky combination of food and bacteria that can build up on teeth after eating and when it is not removed each day it can eventually harden into tartar that causes cavities, tooth decay, gum irritation, swollen gums, abscesses, pain, bad breath and gum disease.
In any case, I’m lucky that my career in photography has led me to work with many dental professionals that over the years have eased my worries about attending regular checkups.