Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Odontophobia: The Fear of Teeth and Dental Surgery

Odontophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of teeth and dental surgery.  It is most often caused by traumatic dental procedures in the past.  Approximately 10% of the population has this phobia and will avoid dental care at all costs.  Odontophobia is more common in women and is closely related to Dentophobia, the fear of dentists. 
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Odontophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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