When was the last time you went to the dentist for a checkup?
Dentophobia, or the fear of going to the dentist, is more common than you might think. Despite the linkage between overall health and the health of your mouth, millions of Americans forego visiting the dentist each year. According to a recent Gallup poll nearly a third of Americans did not go to an appointment with their dentist in the past year. The reasons for skipping dental checkups vary, and the probability of going to the dentist is different according to age, gender, and where you live. Regardless, 6 in 10 people put off visiting the dentist due to fear.
The age group least likely to visit the dentist is 18-29 and increases with age until 65+. Women are 5.2% more likely to visit the dentist than men. Geographically, adults who live in the South are less likely to visit the dentist than any other region in the United States. One of the most common reasons for people to fear the dentist is due to a negative personal experience they may have had in the past while visiting the dentist. Many people fear the potential for pain, numbness, and gagging. Other folks fear the stereotypical sounds and smells associated with dental offices.
One of the best ways to overcome your fear of going to the dentist is by doing your research. Luckily, with so many resources available on the internet, it is easy to find local dentists and read reviews from their current patients. It is important to find a dentist that creates a welcoming environment, understands your anxiety or fear, and can help alleviate any stressors or concerns associated with visits and/or procedures.
At Rodney Baier DDS we pride ourselves on creating a relaxing patient centered environment and encourage you to contact us for an appointment today. If you’re looking for ways to help you relax during your visit, make sure to read our blog for tips!