Why some people are more frightened of the dentist than others

teeth health smile dentistGoing to the dentist is an important part of looking after your smile but some people are too frightened of the dentist to contemplate a visit, even when their teeth are causing them a great deal of pain. Scientists now believe that there is a genetic basis to this unusually strong fear as it is often inherited from parents.

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.

Key takeaways:

– If you are frightened of going to the dentist, do everything you can at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy, such as flossing and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

– Brushing and flossing also help prevent bad breath and cavities.

– You could also try swishing coconut oil in your mouth.

You can clean and polish your teeth and soothe gum inflammation easily and naturally with the help of baking soda.

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Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa

With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!

Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.

Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."

Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.

Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa

Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".