Most of us have a phobia or two, but while most are minor many Britons carry full-blown phobias with them into adulthood. If you’re nervous about going to the dentist- or even mortally afraid!- rest assured, you’re not alone. Fear of the dentist is very common: it might stem from an uncomfortable childhood memory, your discomfort with being ‘poked and prodded’ in a vulnerable position, or may even be inherited! That’s right: fears like these can be passed from parents to children, and children who notice that their parents are anxious about dentists’ visits or won’t attend at all are much more likely to develop their own anxieties around having their teeth cared for.
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