Turns Out 68% Of Aussies Have ‘Dentophobia’, Skip Check-Ups Out Of Fear

When was the last time you paid a visit to the dentist? Judging by the silence and lack of eye contact, probably not recently.
While six months is the recommended time period between check-ups, it’s not a huge surprise that more than two-thirds (68%) of Aussies are skipping out on their molars (sucks to be teeth).
According to a new study by Oral-B, the majority of us are avoiding regular professional dental care because we’ve got a severe AF case of ‘dentophobia’ aka being shit-scared of anything coming near you with metal probe thingys that make loud noises.
The study found most of us rate the dentist as scarier than spiders, job interviews, blind dates and heights, and three quarters would rather work on weekends than have to go in for a check up. It’s that dire.
We mean:
The study also found:
  • 9 in 10 Australians admit to doing some last minute ‘cramming’ to make an effort to make a good impression during their dental visit.
  • 43% of Australians believe their teeth are in ‘good shape’ only to be told otherwise by their dentist.
Basically, our gums aren’t as grand as we think and Australian dentist and Oral-B spokesperson, Dr Christopher Ho, says we need to try harder to get over the dentists-are-scarier-than-clowns thing.
His tips for better oral health are this:

“Using a power brush – which removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush – for two minutes a day, twice a day, as well as attending regular six-monthly dental check-ups are just a few key steps towards facing your fears and ultimately improving your oral health for the better.”

If you can make time to go to the gym, get your hair did etc etc. you can make time to take care of your not-so-pearly whites.

Because no one wants to be this guy:

Via Oral-B.