A common fear of dentists
Even with recent improvements in pain control at the dentists, a very large number of people suffer from a clear and present fear of visiting their dentist. Dental phobia and dental anxiety are common, but why exactly?
Where does the fear come from?
As with most phobias, dentophobia probably finds its roots in an earlier childhood experience which had a strong negative emotional association. This locked away memory of the unfortunate experience can then create a strong pattern of fear around the idea of going to the dentist and often the person suffering from the phobia can actually feel afraid simply imagining the sound of the dentist's drill. This phenomenon is known as anticipatory anxiety.
Consequences of dental phobia
Now we all acknowledge that it’s really important to have good dental health. However, fear of the dentist or a dental phobia, can prevent you from making that appointment that you know you should in order to prevent tooth decay, infected gums and dental pain. Individuals who suffer from this fear may often prefer to tolerate these things rather than go to the dentist.
Reluctance (or refusal) to go to the dentist can result in difficulty chewing food, pain from cracked fillings, bad breath, etc. Bad breath due to a dental problem in particular, can cause confidence and self-esteem problems as time goes by.
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David Faratian BA(hons) DCHP AEPT
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