A recent press release by Steven Flicker, DDS and his team of Dental Implant Associates set the story straight on what they believe are the facts behind the public’s common phobia of going to the dentist. According to the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA), approximately 75% of adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease and are unaware of it. What Dental Implant Associates found is that people are often more afraid of the discomfort from treatment than the actual disease itself– leading them to just avoid the dentist altogether in hopes that it will eventually go away or get better on its own.
Of course, those in the industry know that is not the answer, but the difficulty of getting this through to the public has proved an entire separate issue all its own. For example, one of the most common misconceptions is that getting a root canal is one of the most painful procedures you could go through, except what most people don’t realize is that they are actually 90% pain-free, depending on the patient’s degree of the decay.
It only gets worse the longer they wait, but again the general misconception of having the procedure done in the first place scares enough people away to even find that out. Dr. Flicker went on to say that what the public needs to know are the many advancements dentistry has made in areas like technology, allowing for a much more comfortable and efficient appointment.
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