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FEBRUARY 13 , 2013 by Smile Design

According to a recent report, research suggests that women in their late forties are most afraid of the dentist. On-going research from the University of Sydney suggests that this could be because this age group are more likely to have experienced trauma, abuse or oro-facial trauma and are also more likely to be depressed, anxious or stressed. “Dental anxiety is very real and complex and it should never be downplayed,” study researcher Dr Avanti Karve, of the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry, in a report. According to Karve, people who fear the dentist wait approximately 17 days before they make an appointment to see the dentist, even when they are in severe pain; comparatively, the rest of the population waits just three days.

According to a recent study by researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, about five per cent of people have a severe dental fear. In the study the researchers discovered five strategies that people use to get over their fear of the dentist; their findings are published in the journal Acta Odontologica Scandinavica.

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