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Dental anxiety ‘should not be underestimated’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

A new study has highlighted the fact dental anxiety is a common issue and cannot be underestimated due to its complexity.

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia found women in their 40s are more likely to be afraid of going to the dentist than any other age group.

Special needs dentist Dr Avanti Karve, who is co-ordinator of the study, stated dental anxiety should never be downplayed as the very mention of the word ‘dentist’ can lead to feelings of dread for some people.

“To date despite all the advances in the dental field, dental fear is reported in up to 40 per cent of the western population,” she said, citing another piece of research which found those who are afraid of the dentist wait much longer before making an appointment when they have pain.

British Dental Health Federation figures recently showed as many as ten per cent of people have a phobia of going to the dentist.

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