31 May Can Genetics Play a Role in a Fear of the Dentist’s Office?
Although we are all aware that regular trips to the dentist can help to maintain a white smile and prevent cavities, the fact of the matter is that many of us are deathly afraid of such appointments. Some studies are now illustrating that genetics and previous experiences can both play very important roles. What else have we learned?
– Parents who are afraid are more likely to pass this fear across to their children.
– It has been shown that a fear of pain can be inherited.
– Up to 20 per cent of all Americans are afraid of the dentist to some extent.
“If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has a fear of the dentist, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible so you can keep your trips to the dentist to a minimum.” Luckily, there are many things dentists can do to help terrified patients, such as cultivating a gentle bedside manner and keeping frightening-looking instruments out of sight.