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Tip sheet examines scholarly approaches combating dental fear

Why are people afraid of the dentist? That was the question that three British researchers sought to answer in a recent review of internationally published studies on dental fear, dental anxiety judgment and dental phobia. 

The answer to the question is complicated, the reviewers found. Dental fears may be traced back to a variety of sources, including frightening early dental visits, anxieties transmitted by parents and other role models, traumatic experiences unrelated to dental care and personality traits that may make some people more vulnerable to anxiety, according to studies that were reviewed. 

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