Dental Fear – Who Suffers More and Why?


Fears of flying, medical care, insects, snakes, and heights can make life stressful for many people, but according to recent research, going to the dentist is even more terrifying. Approximately 15 percent of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. Some have a general fear or mistrust of dentists. Others fear specific elements of a dental visit such as anesthetic injections, dental drills, gagging, pain, or criticism. Some people seem to have more intense dental fear than others, and new research reveals who is the most likely to suffer.

The Role of Genetics andGender in Dentist Phobia

Research conducted by the University of Sydney showed that middle-aged women are the most affected by dentist phobia. Besides having to deal with income inequality, stress, and impending menopause, women in their 40s must grapple with a fear of dentists. Many women wait an average of 17 days before seeking professional help for a painful dental problem. Redheads have even more dental anxiety than other women in their age group. They often need stronger doses of anesthetic to block pain. Genetic sensitivity to pain and subsequent avoidance of dental care may be to blame for poorer oral health in these women.

Avoid Dental Fear

Treatments exist for dentist phobia, but with healthy teeth and gums, frightened patients can avoid spending time in the dentist’s chair. Exceptional oral hygiene, healthier lifestyle choices, and preventative dentistry all help to ensure lower levels of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular check-ups and cleanings allow dentists to spot potential problems early. With early treatment, invasive, fear-provoking dental procedures like root canals and extractions can often be avoided.

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