Though hardly anyone gets excited about visiting the dentist’s office, there are some who become paralyzed at the thought. According to data collected by the University of Washington, up to eight percent of Americans completely avoid the dentist out of fear. Nearly twenty percent will only schedule appointments when absolutely necessary due to this anxiety. This has the potential to be a serious problem with dire consequences. Ignoring oral issues can lead to intense pain or infection, gum disease, lost teeth or worse. Neglect to this degree can make it even more difficult for a dental professional to treat the source of the problem. Overcoming this phobia is vital for maintaining good oral health.
The Root of the Problem
The first step towards assuaging these fears is recognizing the source. Roughly two thirds of dental-phobes can trace the root of their fear to a traumatizing experience at an early age. … Read More