Teeth are an incredibily important organ that we use every day. And yet, many patients don't seek regular dental care until they have a problem or pain. Not only is it dangerous (an infected tooth can lead to an unplanned emergency room visit and life-threatening conditions) but avoiding the dentist can be more traumatic in the long run because these teeth that have not been properly cared for. So what keeps people away? Throughout the years, I have found most that avoid the dentist stay away because they are embarrassed, have had a traumatic dental experience or finances. Let's delve into some of these!