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A recent survey conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation indicates that among 10 different common fears, visiting the dentist ranked as the second most frightful, according to an article published by Medical News Today.
The news provider explained that more than 1,000 individuals participated in the poll, which included options such as heights, flying, injections, doctors, snakes, spiders and going to hospital among the listed fears.
The majority of survey takers indicated that they were most afraid of heights, though dental fear followed close behind in popularity, the news source reported.
"Everyone in the profession knows that dental anxiety is a major barrier for many people to visit their dentist. The comparison with snakes and spiders may appear frivolous, but it does suggest we still have a lot of work to do to build public confidence," said Dr Nigel Carter of the BDHF.
Since many dentists suggest that sustaining good oral health is essential to an individual's well-being, the American Dental Association offers several tips to help people who have this type of anxiety cope with regular visits to their provider. Members of the organization recommend that patients schedule appointments at times when they will not be rushed and envision calming images throughout procedures.
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