Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Are You Afraid of the Dentist Chair?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Are You Afraid of the Dentist Chair?

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MANY people would love a Hollywood smile, but does the desire for perfect teeth get blighted by the dread of the dentist''s chair? LAURA WOODCOCK reports.

PHOBIAS come in all shapes and sizes but going to the dentist is something that many people find unnerving.

According to the British Dental Association (BDA), the latest 10-yearly survey on adult dental health published earlier this year by the NHS Information Centre suggests that as many as 12 per cent of people may experience extreme dental anxiety.

Just last week the issue hit the headlines after an inquest heard a woman died after ignoring an infected tooth for three weeks. Hertfordshire woman Amanda Latigo was too afraid to go to the dentist and died of multiple organ failure caused by the molar turning septic.

And while this is a rare case, it is proof that having such an extreme fear can be dangerous for your health.

The NHS recommends you should visit your dentist regularly, but the time between check-ups can vary depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.

However, a study by the BDA revealed dentists are seeing more and more patients deferring treatment and leaving it until it is too late.

One person who knows all about having a fear of the dentist is Liam Maddison.

Liam, 26, who lives in Middlesbrough, said: "I don't like going to the dentist.

"All I can remember is the sound of the drill when I had fillings when I was little.

"I haven't been for about eight years. I am not registered anywhere.

"I don't think anything can be done to make it a nice experience."

But can such a fear be cured? Mark Wake, who runs a Awaken Consulting and Training in Northallerton and is an accredited Psychotherapist, thinks so.

He said: "I come across people with lots of different phobias. They normally fall into three different categories.

"One, they will have a memory of say a bad dental experience. …

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