Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons for people to avoid their dental check-up. The problem is, while you’re putting the dentist off, you’re not avoiding them altogether. Research has shown that if you have dental anxiety, you’re less likely to visit the dentist regularly, which puts you at higher risk of dental disease.1
Once you don’t visit for long enough, dental diseases like tooth decay, gum disease, and even crooked teeth in children can progress beyond the point of fixing. That is, your dental phobia is having serious implications for your smile. People with dental anxiety often end up presenting when things are too late, or after they’ve experienced extreme pain.
The good news is that dentists deal with people with dental anxiety every day in their clinics. In fact, dentistry has changed to make people with dental phobia feel better in their dental surgery.