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Fear of Dentists Could Be Genetic

 teeth health smile dentistFor some people, the whirling sound of a dentist’s drill makes for a frightful experience. The blinding overhead light and the padded reclining chair can also be unnerving.

When the fear is intense, people often completely avoid dental appointments. They even ignore serious dental problems. Research indicates that the fear could have a genetic cause. Here’s the good news: At Balsall Common Dental Practice we understand these fears and help our patients to get over them.

About 10 to 20 percent of adults in America have suffered from some form of dental care associated fear. Here in Britain, people have flooded the British Dental Health Foundation with calls on ways to cope with excruciating toothache since they fear making the visit to the dentist.

A study from West Virginia University shows that a more pronounced than normal fear of the pain may indeed by hereditary and that may explain why a fear of Dentists is often seen to run in Families. Researchers also found that bad dental experiences in childhood and talking about previous bad experiences within the family also played a major role in the development of fear amongst younger family members.

Dentists Can Help

Dentists can help their patients overcome their fears by adopting the latest dental technologies. Hiring and training their staff to be friendly and polite is also helpful. Calming artwork may also help patients with anxiety issues. Keeping dental instruments out of sight also ensures patients are calm.

If you have fear of the dentist, you can take steps to keep teeth and gums healthy to keep your dental visits as simple as possible. Brushing and flossing every day helps prevent bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Good dental hygiene and dental health lowers the risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and heart disease.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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