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The state of the nation’s teeth has been a running joke for decades, but it seems we’re no closer to the perfect smile. New research carried out at Toothpick reveals that one in seven of us would rather endure a divorce, move house or attend a job interview than go to the dentist.(<a href=http://www.alandental.com/category-59-b0-Autoclave-Sterilizer.html>Dental Autoclave Sterilizer</a>)

With one third of Brits admitting to not having visited the dentist in more than two years it is inevitable that the state of the nation’s teeth is suffering. This combined with, in some cases, the need for extensive treatment when we do manage to get there, it is little wonder we avoid the dentist’s chair. According to the Dental Health Organisation 12% of us suffer from extreme dental anxiety. So what exactly is it about the dentist that we fear?

Men avoid the dentist for fear of being scolded about their dental health and worry about the cost

It seems that for men the reluctance stems from fear of being scolded about the state of their teeth, with nearly a quarter of men surveyed (23.3%) citing this as the main reason for avoiding checkups. They were equally worried about experiencing further pain and when asked to state any other reasons 38% were worried about the impact on their wallet.

The biggest fear for women is the noise of the drill (35%) followed by the worry of further pain (23.1%) and the third most likely complaint is a phobia of needles (12.8%). A small proportion also find the reclining of the chair a problem (3.8%). The sterile smell and invasion of personal space were also cited as reasons to avoid the dentist.

Age also plays a factor in how much we worry about having to go to the dentist. 45-54 year olds were most likely to fear the dentist above all else (18.7%), closely followed by 55-64 year olds (16.7%). The least worried were the 18-24 year olds with just 8.7% saying the dentist was the most stressful event they could experience.

Those in the East of England, East Midlands and North East four times as likely to find the dentist stressful than Londoners

The results also highlighted some regional differences in attitudes towards the dentist. Londoners and the Welsh were the least likely to fear the dentist with just 5.9% of those surveyed in both regions classing it as the most stressful event. However those based in the North East, East of England and East Midlands were the most likely to fear the dentist’s chair with one in five people describing the dentist as their biggest fear.<a href=http://www.alandental.com/category-59-b0-Autoclave-Sterilizer.html>Autoclave Sterilizer</a>

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