3 Big Reasons Why Guys (Like You) Avoid The Dentist & How 3 Little Words Can Break The Cycle

added on: June 5, 2018

man avoidingWe hate to break it to you, guys, but you’re some of the WORST offenders when it comes to avoiding the dentist. At our dental office in Lafayette, we see the same scenario repeatedly play out. Male patients tend to have an “I’m fine. I’ll wait and see if it gets better,” approach to their teeth.

 

Guess what, guys. It rarely gets better on its own. In fact, waiting to see your dentist in Lafayette could be making things a whole lot worse (and more costly). That’s why we’re writing this blog. It just so happens that June is also Men’s Health Month – the perfect time to pay attention to what’s going on inside your mouth. (It directly affects what’s going on in the rest of your body too!)

 

As it turns out, the biggest reasons why men don’t go to the dentist are entirely the same for all the guys we meet in the office. We’d be shocked if at least one of these reasons doesn’t apply to you. (We’re willing to bet they all do. Just sayin’.)

 

You’re going to become comfortable with these three little words – I need help. It’s completely human, OK, and necessary for all men admit this at some point, especially when you’re health is in question. We know it’s easier said than done. Just try it. Say it with us, “I need help.”

 

 #1. “It will be fine. I’ll wait and see.”

 

If you had a painful feeling or lousy infection in your hand and couldn’t drive your car, would you throw your hands (or at least one hand) up in the air while you wait for it to get better or would you see the doctor ASAP?

 

Chances are sitting at home, and waiting isn’t a viable option. You need to drive to get to work and pay your bills. Your teeth are just as important. Regular appointments are your chance and your Lafayette dentist’s chance to spot issues before you’re in pain or need of additional, extensive dental treatment.

 

Remember: It’s always OK to say, ” I need help.” Go ahead, we’ll wait.

 

#2. “I’ve been in pain for a while. It’s been (INSERT TIMEFRAME THAT’S WAY TOO LONG HERE.)”

 

You’d be surprised if we filled in the blank with the actual, real-life time frame that we hear consistently from male patients. It’s a shame because no one should silently struggle with pain. Guys tend to think asking for help makes them appear less strong or vulnerable. The truth is: Not being able to bring your “A” game because of tooth pain is literally doing both of those things. You’re done with waiting. You don’t want to deal with a dental emergency.

 

Sound familiar? Repeat those three little words again. “I need help.”

 

#3. “I can’t make my appointment.”

 

Now this one can go a couple of ways. Men tend to not make time for dental checkups and cleanings for these reasons (courtesy of the Academy of General Dentistry):

  • 18% blamed busy schedules
  • 30% said men are more embarrassed or afraid to go to the dentist
  • 45% believed men don’t see a need to visit the dentist

Men can’t make appointments due to busy schedules. Men also can’t physically make appointments either – meaning they want someone else to make the call for them. It’s really very easy to schedule an appointment with Allure Dental in Lafayette. It’s quick, painless, and a substantial first step in taking control of your health.

 

Pick up the phone. Call 765-588-9548. A friendly voice will answer. All you have to say is… You guessed it! “I need help.” (Go ahead, we’ll wait again.)

 

We hope you’ve found a little bit of humor in this blog and were able to identify with at least a sentence or two. All kidding aside, it’s important to keep track of what’s going on inside your mouth. Some of the very first warning signs of serious illnesses such as cancer, heart ailments, and even diabetes initially show up in and around your teeth. We know what to look for and the earlier we address any issue – the more likely the outcome will be positive.

 

There are so many things we can do to make sure your smile is healthy and ready to stand the test of time. Don’t worry about how long it’s been since you’ve been to your dentist in Lafayette. There’s never any judgment or guilt with us. We want to address your issues after we completely understand your goals. Admitting you and your smile need a little help is not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of better health, improved life, and increased confidence.