are your genes responsible for your fear of the dentist

Are Your Genes Responsible For Your Fear Of The Dentist?

Fear of visiting the dentist is very common among adults all over the world. When examining the reasons behind it, researchers found that this type of concern could be genetic.

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:

– Some people’s fear of the dentist is so intense that they avoid dental treatment altogether, even in cases where they urgently need it

–  Researchers found that fear of pain could be linked to fear of visiting the dentist’s office, and that both could be genetically inherited

– Past bad experiences (especially those that take place during childhood) are another reason why many adults fear receiving dental treatment

Dental professionals can help feel their patients at ease. By combining regular professional dental care and good oral hygiene practices, you can ensure your teeth, smile and gums are healthy and perfectly cared for.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.