Overcoming a fear of the dentist

teeth, health, smile, dentistMillions of people are terrified of having dental work done but avoiding the dentist can lead to serious problems with your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

– Take a friend along if you need someone to speak up for you

– Find a dentist who understands dental fear and can explain the procedures to you

– Think about what scares you the most and talk to your dentist about it

It’s really important to overcome your fears and have regular dental checkups.

“Those who specialize in treating people with dental fears often use plastic instead of metal tools…”



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.