An ongoing study by the researchers from the University of Sidney shows that women in their 40s represent that age group which fears the dentist the most.
It is already the 5th year when the researchers are trying to figure out who’s afraid of the dentist the most, and here are some of the main findings:
Women in their 40s are the ones who have been most likely exposed to traumatic dental experiences in the past, to induced oro-facial traumas, and different abuses
Women in their 40s are also belonging to that group which is most likely to have been exposed to general anxiety, even depressive states, and these might easily trigger severe dental phobia.
Dr. Avanti Karve, who is the coordinator of the study, and a special needs dental professional at the Universality of Sidney Faculty of Dentistry Australia, reveals that well over 40% of today’s westernized population is actually putting up with a great deal of dental phobia issues.
Australian researchers have even run a telephone study, and the findings showed that a person who deals with dental phobia will wait even up to 20 days before making an appointment with the dentist. On the other hand, people who do not struggle with dental phobia issues, make the dental appointments within 3 days maximum.
Estimates released by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine show that around 40 million American adults postpone their visits to the dentist -even emergency problems that would require immediate treatment- because they struggle with advanced dental phobia.
The main saddening factor is that people who struggle with dental phobia, are the ones who will have to put up later on with oral health complications such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, lung infections or heart disease.
Dental phobia greatly affects the life expectancy and life quality of the patients. If you allow a small cavity to “live on” without treatment, that will sooner or later lead to an infection such as an abscess.
Then, from a simple filling that you would have to go through, now you must visit the dentist for an extraction, or to treat gum disease.