Consider this hypothetical situation…
A 25-year-old adult is suffering from a sudden onset of mouth pain. He is swamped at work, doesn’t have dental insurance, and his money is especially tight right now. Desperate, he turns to the internet to try and figure out what’s wrong. He searches his symptoms and learns that one of the medications he’s on is commonly associated with toothaches. “Aha,” he thinks. “I’ll stop taking it and see if the pain goes away.”
For so many reasons, this is dangerous. This young man most likely needs his medication, and it may or may not have anything to do with his discomfort. It could be decay ranging from a cavity to a root issue; a wisdom tooth erupting; gum disease; the result of an accident or clenching his teeth at night. It could be nothing, or one of dozens of other things.
Why you shouldn’t self-diagnose!
There are times when we have symptoms or series of them. Going to a doctor or dentist can be a hassle and expensive. We turn to what we hope is the next best thing… the internet. After all, it’s free, it’s fast, and it’s immediately accessible and while there are many wonderful and authoritative sites available, self-diagnosing or treating any medical ailment has significant risks.
Here are 3 reasons why:
- The source
Yes, there are reputable medical and dental sites out there…and there are also misleading and dangerous sites out there. You’re going to need to know that whatever you’re reading is up-to-date and accurate…and that’s the difficult part, if not impossible. Even the best sites out there have been called out and scrutinized on medical and dental inaccuracies by other professionals.
- The variables
Most of us take our research to the doctor or dentist and say,
“I’m here because I felt like this, so I looked it up, and I now think I have this.”
We are almost always, if not consistently wrong. There are countless variables that go into a diagnosis and most doctors and dentists will tell you that self-diagnoses are one of their biggest pet peeves, especially if they are accompanied by the wrong self-diagnosed treatments.
- The stress
Most people research whatever’s ailing them and either under- or overreact to their own diagnosis. They may think,
“I don’t have to worry,”
When, in fact, they need immediate medical attention, or think they have something extremely threatening, when it’s minor.
The bottom line… Self-diagnosing is bad!
When a person is in extreme pain or discomfort lasting more than a few days, he or she needs to get to the doctor or dentist immediately. While the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), made it mandatory for all Americans to have some sort of health coverage through the government marketplace or another source, dental care is still optional. That leaves most people without dental coverage and dental health is critical to overall health. Fortunately, there is an affordable alternative to dental insurance and Obamacare dental worries, such as a dental savings plan.
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