Dental Fear--A Risk to Your Health
Did you know that millions of Americans have mild to severe dental anxiety? In fact, 30% of American report missing regular appointments or avoiding the dentist due to a severe anxiety about the dentist or dental office.
Sometimes the anxiety comes from a bad experience in the past, perhaps in youth that leaves the patient with residual anxiety. Sometimes, dental fears are hereditary. It sounds funny, but parents who fear the dentist are more likely to have children who fear the dentist because their children see their reaction and think that there is something to be afraid of.
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