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Did you know routine dental care is equally important as brushing and flossing? The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, visiting the dentist isn’t easy for everyone. 36% of adults in the U.S. have some fear of dental treatments. 12% of people with dental anxiety have extreme fears. Dental-related anxiety stops 3% of adults from seeing a dentist at all. If your palms sweat or your heart races at just the thought of visiting your dentist, here are the most common causes of dental-related fears and what you can do to overcome them.
Dental fear can be caused by many factors and can affect anyone, no matter their age. Women are more likely to suffer from dental anxiety, but it can affect men, too. Although every situation is unique, the most common causes of dental phobias include:
No matter the fuel driving your fear, you can keep your oral health a priority while staying comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Dental sedation will help you sit back and relax to get the care you need. The most common options for mild-to-moderate cases of dental anxiety are:
Your comfort is always your dentist’s top priority. They will create the personalized plan you need to achieve your best smile.
About Dr. Mamata Ponnaganti
Dr. Ponnaganti earned her dental degree at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and has regularly continued her education in various specialties, like dental sedation, implant placement/restoration, and orthodontics. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (813) 773-1818.
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