Corporate dental insurers Unum Dental carried out some research last year that revealed some interesting facts. According to a survey of more than 2,000 private sector employees, more than a fifth (24%) of British workers say that a fear of feeling pain or discomfort is the reason they avoid the dentist.
Women were found to be more afraid, with over a quarter (27%) declaring that they put off the recommended two dental health examinations a year out of fear of pain, compared to 22% of men.
Poor dental health risks
Poor dental health is linked to heart disease, bacterial lung infections, premature births, diabetes and strokes, meaning regular visits for dental health reviews are vital to maintaining good general health and dental wellbeing.
Looking after anxious patients
Please don’t neglect your dental wellbeing because of dental phobia. At Harbour Dental Care we find that even with the most nervous of patients, all they need is time and kindness. Therefore, our principal dentist Malcolm Harbour (pictured), ensures our appointments are calm, unhurried and welcoming.
If you are anxious about your dental or hygiene appointments, try calling first for a chat. We encourage dentally phobic patients to pop in, meet our team and have a look around our High Street dental practice before going anywhere near a dental chair. But don’t just take our word for it, here are some testimonials from our patients:
“I am a very nervous patient, but with their help and kindness I have just had my second appointment. All the staff are brilliant and very kind and understanding. So glad I found a dentist as good as this.” A.G.
“This has been the most positive dental experience I have ever had. The service is first class with all the staff being lovely, supportive and helpful. Before coming to the practice I was really terrified of dentists but my treatment here has changed my outlook completely.” G.M.
“Through the years I have had a lot of bad experiences with dentists; I have therefore built up a lot of anxiety about going. I have never had such wonderful service and all pain free. You have restored my faith in dentists. Thank you.
Our door is always open to new patients, so please feel free to pop into our welcoming private practice on the High Street. We look forward to meeting you soon.