Going to the dentist is no picnic. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you’re still going to have one of the most sensitive places in your body poked and prodded to make sure there’s nothing wrong. Poked and prodded by a trained professional, but poked and prodded nonetheless. However, there’s more to dental phobia than just being put in a scary situation where you have no control, and can’t see what’s happening. The following are some of the bigger, core causes of why people are afraid to go to the dentist, according to TMJ Treatment, Safari of Smiles, and The Huffington Post.

Cause #1: Bad Experiences

Top of almost every list of why people don’t like going to the dentist is that they’ve done it before, and those experiences were terrible. This isn’t the case for everyone, but all it takes is one cold, uncaring experience to leave a very deep mark on a patient.

Cause #2: Shame

While it might not sound like something that would rank very high on a list, humans are social creatures. We know we’re supposed to brush and floss, but a lot of us don’t. We’re worried that, in getting our teeth corrected, we’ll be shamed. Not because we need help, but because we neglected our health, and we know we shouldn’t have let it get this bad. It’s a powerful force.

Cause #3: History of Abuse

Abuse leaves wide-ranging scars on the mind, even if it didn’t leave any on the body. Someone who was abused by an authority figure (parent, teacher, boss, etc.), may have poor reactions to dealing with other such figures, even when it’s necessary. This sort of patient may have issues with doctors, as well.

For more common causes of dental phobia, and how to deal with them so you can take better care of your health, simply contact us today!