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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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.