TOP TEN REASONS PEOPLE DON’T GO TO THE DENTIST
1. I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY
2. I DON’T HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE
3. I WORK DURING THE WEEK AND CAN’T GET THERE
4. THEY DON’T ACCEPT MY INSURANCE
5. THEY ARE GOING TO YELL AT ME FOR NOT FLOSSING
6. IT IS GOING TO HURT
7. I DON’T LIKE ANYTHING MINT – IT MAKES ME GAG
8. I DON’T LIKE THE X-RAYS – IT MAKES ME GAG
9. I DON’T LIKE THE DENTIST
10. REPEAT – I DON’T LIKE THE DENTIST
I put together this list from my own experience.
As I said in my very first blog, I am out to change how people perceive THE DENTIST and dentistry.
So in a bold step forward in this direction, I am holding our very first day of charity. Yes, I am attacking reasons #1 -4 above. My office will be open for one Saturday in May and we are not charging anyone for that day. Totally free. No questions asked. We aren’t going to ask anyone to prove their need. We aren’t here that day to be a government agency, we are here to do dentistry. My hygienist most generously donated her day, and one of my receptionists is doing the same. We will be doing cleanings, examinations, fluoride treatments, sealants and fillings. If anything more than that is required, we will talk about it, but on that day, that will be the limit.
As for the other reasons listed above, we aren’t yelling at anyone about flossing, brushing or the like. That’s not our style. We will try our best, with lots of types of anesthetics, to not be painful. We have pastes that are NOT flavored mint – there is berry, cherry, vanilla. And we even have ways of dealing with gaggers. Believe me, after almost 30 years of doing this, we have dealt with many people who label themselves as gaggers, and we have ways of helping them out too.
About the last two reasons – I will forever try to change that! Come on – give it a try, and here is your chance.
I will be reporting back on how our day goes. It is MAY 3, 2014. 52 days to go. We will be ready – are you?