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Fears of the dentist's drill can end in long-term damage to oral health
Updated: 1/12/2011 6:59:50 PM

Many avoid the dentist because of the anxiety caused by dentist drills. The dentist's drill’s high pitched whine alone is enough to prompt many children to walk away from the chair. Parents can prepare their children for dentist trips by minimizing their anxiety over the experience.

If children don’t eradicate their fears of the dentist drill early on, then an aversion to scheduling dental visits may take root. Growing older, they may be more likely to avoid a critical element for their dental health - seeking professional oral healthcare.

However, there may be another option in the future for patients, thanks to a new invention. British researchers have just finished development of a device that eliminates the drill’s irritating sound. Plugged in like headphones into a MP3 player, the gadget produces inverted waves to target, then cancel out the unwanted sounds. If the drill sound’s frequency and amplitude change, the device removes it using adaptive filtering.

According to the American Dental Association, routine dentist visits are essential for oral health. Dentists monitor the development and growth of young teeth, create treatment plans, and diagnose and treat gum disease and cavities.

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