As you probably already know, visiting the dentist is important and caring for your teeth is vital to living a healthy life. But what if you have a fear of the dentist, for whatever reason, and avoid going to the dentist for annual checkups and cleanings? According to WebMD, approximately nine to 20 percent of Americans have dental anxiety which makes them avoid the dentist. People with dental phobia have a worse fear and will do anything in their power to avoid the dentist. The people who suffer from dental anxiety and phobia know that their fear is irrational, but can’t do anything about it.
If you believe you have dental anxiety, it is important that you still visit the dentist at least once a year, but preferably twice a year. While that may seem like your worst nightmare, good oral health is important to your overall health, meaning that visiting the dentist is a necessity.