The Most Common Reasons People Avoid the Dentist

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As dental professionals, we understand the fear and anxiety that some patients have about visiting the dentist. This anxiety can make people put their oral health on hold for years, and then they’ll only come to the dentist when they’re in severe pain from extreme tooth decay or some other ailment. We want to encourage patients to come in not just when there are problems. Dr. Chittajallu prides herself on how gentle she is with her patients, and you’ll quickly see that visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be scary or something you feel like avoiding.

Sometimes, though, there are other reasons people put off seeing the dentist. Here are the most common reasons people do, along with reasons why you shouldn’t let these impediments get in your way.

Busy Schedules

In today’s world, you would think with technology we would all have more time. That’s not always the case, though. With young families, advancing careers, and even things out of our control (like traffic!), we feel like we have little or no time left to spare, not even for a teeth cleaning every six months. At Southwest Smiles, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. We have Saturday appointments and also make it easy to book your appointment: You can schedule online! So if it’s 9 o’clock at night and you just realized you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, just go to our contact page now and request your next appointment.


Preventive care for your teeth is one of the best financial investments you can make for your oral health. You wouldn’t believe the number of problems you can prevent with regular cleanings, check-ups, and fluoride treatments. Sadly, many people with a tight budget will skip their dental visits because they think it will cost too much. Let us be the first to let you know that this doesn’t have to be the case at Southwest Smiles. We accept CareCredit, a patient financing card that allows you to break up your dental treatments into easy, manageable payments. We don’t want finances to stand between you and good oral health.


When you come in to see us, we like to schedule your next appointment so you don’t have to remember one extra thing to do. Six months can fly by, and before you know it, it may have been a whole year since you’ve been to the dentist! This is completely understandable, since many of us are not only juggling our own schedules, but the schedules of our families, too. We also send you reminders of your next appointment, so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.

If you are ready to schedule your next dental appointment, call our friendly office today. You can conveniently schedule your next appointment online right now, too.

We can’t wait to see your smile!

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