Hate going to the dentist? Rather take painkilling pills instead? Perhaps you can’t even bear being anywhere around a dental office. That antiseptic smell…the sound of the drills… OK, so lets say you have waited and put off the visit for a few months. The pain is now worse and you cannot ignore it any longer. You desperately want to know what’s wrong with your teeth, and yet you are afraid of going to the dentist. What if I told you that you can get free dental advice from an actual dentist from the comfort of your home?
Well hello, I am a dentist currently working in the public sector. For the uninitiated, local dentistry graduates are required to serve the government for a minimum of 4 years. Dentists can be posted to various institutions in the public health sector during this period. Common examples will be polyclinics, hospitals, and the National Dental Centre.
Very few people enjoy their dental visits. In my time working with the government, countless patients have told me, in the first few seconds of our interaction, that they ‘have been dreading this day’, or that they are ‘always nervous going to the dentist’. Of course, the more straightforward ones will go, ‘I hate dentists’.
We understand. Dental visits are at best, uncomfortable, and at worst...well, we won’t go there.
In addition, for those who choose to seek public dental healthcare over private dentists, the waiting time can be notoriously long. In polyclinics, new patients routinely have to wait over 6 months for their appointment; at the National Dental Centre, waiting times can exceed a year.
Hence, this website.
I aim to provide dental advice for those fearful of going to the dentist and for those who do not have ready access to one. I use the term ‘advice’ and not ‘consultation’.
There is no substitute to actually visiting a dentist to get your problems diagnosed. You will need an actual consultation with a trained dental professional for a diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan.
I do believe, however, that there is a place for this website. In dentistry, as in medicine, we are always taught to listen to our patients, because their complaints and symptoms usually give us a clue to the problem. And in this digital day and age, additional diagnostic tools such as X-rays are readily available to patients in soft copy format. If you were to tell me the symptoms you are experiencing, and if you have an X-ray of some sort, there is a decent chance that I may provide you sound dental advice on the problems you are facing.
This website will also have a blog which I aim to update regularly. In the blog, I will attempt to teach/educate/inform the general masses on certain aspects of dentistry. Think root canals, crowns, implants, bridges, dentures etc. For example, I will explain what a root canal is, why you need it, how it is done, how much you can expect it to cost, and so on. Through this blog, I hope to dispel the notion that dentistry is an arcane and scary concept.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy your time here.
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