16 Reasons People Hate the Dentist

The world is a diverse place. Over 7 billion people spread out across 196 countries and speaking over 6,500 languages — and yet I’ve never heard a single one of them make the bold, outlandish claim that they enjoy going to the dentist. Not one!

It’s painful, it’s uncomfortable, it can take a really long time… the only people who have fun at a dentist’s office are dentists and their support staff. Don’t get me wrong… dentists perform an invaluable service. But 7 billion people can’t be wrong.

So, in case you needed a reminder, Healthversed.com presents 16 reasons people hate the dentist!

Spine Tingling Fear

You know that shiver you get when you watch a terrifying horror movie? Or the way that hair stands up on the back of your neck when you know you’re not alone? That’s the feeling a lot of people get when they turn the page on their day planner and see “Dentist Appt” written in red ink.

Dental Anxiety is a real thing, affecting close to 15% of those lucky enough to have access to a dental professional. Much of that terror can be traced back to our earliest experiences at the dentist’s.

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Parents

Children are inclined to mimic the body language and adopt the characteristics of their parent or guardian. A Mom that’s terrified of a dental visit herself can unintentionally, and quickly, nurture their child’s phobia.  As if having kids isn’t hard enough, now you have to pretend to enjoy the dentist!

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Unreasonable Office Hours

Alright, tough guy. Maybe the sound of a dental drill doesn’t make you quiver in your tiny paper bib. That doesn’t change the fact that trying to book an appointment for one of these glorified torture sessions is a pain in the butt.

Maybe they’re off vacationing on their Utopian, tooth-shaped island. Or maybe they like to kick out at 4 PM so they can sneak in a round of 18. Either way, a trip to the dentist usually means chewing up one of your precious vacation days — and that just ain’t right.

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