Reasons Why People Don’t Go to the Dentist and How to Overcome Them

Reasons Why People Don't go to the Dentist

It is recommended by the majority of dentists to visit your dentist for a check-up every six months. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. According to a statistic done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, only 64.4% of adults aged 18-64 had one dental visit for that year.

There are many reasons why people don’t go to the dentist, the 5 main reasons (not in order) are, Fear, Lack of Insurance, Shame, No Symptoms, and “I Forgot”.


Fear can stop people from doing various things and visiting the dentist is also one of them. The fear of visiting the dentist for dental care is known as Dentophobia. Dentophobia can be caused by many different experiences that the person has had in the past. Some people are simply scared of all the sharp objects you can find in the dentist’s office and some have had a traumatic experience. This is true for both children and adults.

There are, of course, a lot of sharp objects present when you go for your dental check-up. The worst part is that unfortunately, these sharp objects are used to poke around in your mouth. It is understandable why people would fear to visit their dentist’s office.

A traumatic experience with a dentist or at a dentist’s office could also be the cause of their fear. The person may have personally been injured by a dentist or have seen someone go through pain while receiving their check-up. That feeling they experienced stuck with them and triggered something in their head that now instinctively won’t let that person go anywhere near a dental office.

Getting past the fear of visiting your dentist could be scary itself. The best thing to do is to make sure that you feel comfortable with the dentist who is treating you. The more comfortable you are with your dentist, the better you will feel and the more likely you are to trust him/her. This will help for both situations, not going to the dentist because of all the sharp objects and not going to the dentist because of a past traumatic event that you experienced. If you are comfortable with the person that is treating you, you are more likely to trust the person to poke around your mouth with sharp objects. If you are comfortable with the person that is treating you, you feel more confident to give the dentist another shot even if a dentist in the past made you go through pain due to a mistake on their part.

Lack of Insurance

When we talk about lack of insurance, this can be either the person’s insurance is too high to afford the procedures or they straight out cannot afford insurance at the moment.

Either situation is a reasonable reason for not going to the dentist.

Visiting the dentist has its benefits and the main ones are that it prevents small dental problems from becoming big dental problems and also removes any plaque that you may have. Even if you are not able to afford dental insurance, it is important to seek an alternative so that you can make sure that you don’t have any problems going on with your teeth and to keep your smile nice and clean.

Fortunately, we at Denefits are here to help you if the reason for which you are not getting your teeth checked is for lack of insurance. We provide a way for patients to be able to get their treatment without having to pay for it all upfront.

Denefits is a flexible payment plan platform that helps patients pay for their medical treatment. Dental Payment Plans are one of the many things that fall under our specialties. We are able to provide you with dental payment plans without any credit checks, something that many companies do not offer. We are the perfect alternative to CareCredit. Now that you know this information, lack of insurance should not be an excuse.


There are people who have not gone to the dentist for a long time. To top it off they also don’t take very good care of their teeth, they don’t brush or floss them. This, of course, can lead to bad breath and a not-so-good-looking smile.

Shame is one of the reasons that people don’t go to the dentist. They are embarrassed that they will get judged or made fun of when they open their mouth for the dentist to do their job.

No one is perfect in this world. Forgetting to brush your teeth and floss is an honest mistake. Nobody but yourself knows what is going on in your life and if there’s anything personal that is stopping you from brushing your teeth. Maybe it is because you work too much and you have a family to support, that the last thing in your mind is brushing your teeth. Every reason is acceptable. What you need to keep in mind though is that the longer you push off your visit to the dentist, the worst your teeth situation will get.

To get past this, choose a dentist that you trust and make sure that you are comfortable with him/her. Showing up is the first big step that you can make. Once you show up you will see that there is nothing to worry about. Dentists are there to make your teeth better and not to judge them. By the time you get out, you will realize that there was nothing to have worried about in the first place. You will go along with your day knowing that you now have a clean smile and that nothing is wrong with your teeth or if there is, it at least has been addressed and you are now aware of it.

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No Symptoms

Just because you are experiencing no symptoms doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. Experiencing No Symptoms is one of the reasons why people don’t visit their dentist.

Dentists recommend that you go for a check-up every six months for this purpose, to prevent small dental problems from becoming big dental problems. Why? Because small problems are easier to handle than big problems. A dentist finding a problem that is not yet dangerous is beneficial to the patient because the dentist is able to intervene before it becomes a big problem.

Even if you have no symptoms, it is best to keep visiting the dentist every six months. If they say that everything looks perfect then great!

“I Forgot”

The last reason for which people don’t visit the dentist is that they simply forget. This reason is also understandable. There are a lot of things that a person is experiencing on a daily basis which can make it hard for people to keep track of things.

The simple solutions are to set reminders that will let you know when your next dentist visit will be. Some Dental offices may even agree to call you to give you a heads up that your appointment is coming or that the 6-month mark is close. You should check with your dentist if this can be accommodated.

Writing it in your calendar can also work or letting your family members or close friends know if they can remind you about your dentist visits.

Overall, there are always reasons for not to do something but there is also always something to overcome those reasons, you just need to look for them. Make sure that you follow the advice above if you are facing any of the mentioned reasons for not going to the dentist.

Denefits Patient Payment Plans

Again we would also like to emphasize that if the reason for which why you don’t go to the dentist is because of lack of insurance or dental treatment is too expensive, we are here to help you. We provide payment plans with no credit check making dental procedures more affordable to you on a month to a monthly payment plan.

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