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The dental phobic may suffer social and emotional consequences
Updated: 1/13/2011 2:59:51 PM

Anxieties and phobias about the dentist can have long term consequences for dental health. Many individuals in the U.S. harbor anxieties and even phobias of visiting the dentist, which can be crippling for adults.

By skipping dental appointments, individuals increase their risk of gum disease, cavities, and lost teeth. Deteriorating tooth health can have debilitating emotional and social consequences.

Individuals with damaged teeth can become self-conscious and wary of talking openly with others. They may experience a severe drop in self-esteem or even develop social anxieties.

Many dental phobic patients may find possible solutions with a little research online. A new website run by the Thurm Dental Group, for example, offers advice for the fearful, including videos on anesthetic services that help ease the dentist visit experience.

Routine dentist appointments are an essential component of one's dental care, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). According to the ADA site, if an individual is nervous about any element of her visit, she might consider sharing her worries with her oral care physician. The dentist could easily make changes to his technique according to her needs.

Moreover, minor anxiety over the dentist can easily prove unfounded, as technical advances in dentistry have made the check-up and cleaning experience more comfortable, the ADA notes. 

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