To many people, the thought of visiting the dentist’s office feels like an ordeal, but according to recent research, there may be a genetic component to this type of fear.

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:

– Recent studies have shown that dental care-related fear is not just irrational, as it seems to be passed on from parents to children

– Fear of pain plays a crucial role in people’s avoidance of the dentist, and researchers have suggested that both fears could have a genetic basis

– Environmental factors contribute to people’s fear, such as unpleasant childhood experiences when on the dentist’s chair

Although there may be a genetic reason behind avoidance of the dentist, this doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Making sure your oral care routine is up to standard can have a positive effect on your teeth and your smile and reduce the frequency of your trips to the dentist’s office.

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