Most adults have some form of dental anxiety, often due to fear of needles, potential pain, or previous experiences. According to a recent study, between 9 and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist out of fear. There are many long–term effects of not taking care of your dental health. These include bad breath, dental pain, loss of teeth, and even problems with your overall health. The following tips can help you prevent those oral health problems and manage your dental anxiety:

1. Find a dentist you can trust.
Dealing with anxiety can be stressful. Find someone who is gentle, understanding, caring, and willing to work with you through the anxiety. There are many dental professionals who are willing to work with adults experiencing these symptoms.

2. Be vocal about your fears and expectations.
Always remain open to discussing your fears and anxiety with the dentist, as well as the dental assistant and hygienist. By sharing this information, the entire team can find ways to make your appointments more comfortable.

3. Lastly, keep going.
Each dental visit builds more confidence. The more you go, the more comfortable you will become and the less afraid that you will be. Those fears will eventually subside, and you will find yourself coming into to the dental office without fear.

Don’t allow your fears and anxiety to keep you from the dentist. Without good dental health, you can’t have good health overall. A healthy mouth equals a healthy body.