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August 3, 2011 / MMasing

No Reason to be Afraid.

Hello Everybody,
Today I did something some people fear.
I went to the dentist.
Though what is it with the dentist?
Why are people so afraid of them?
The fear of dentists comes from way way back.
Dentists, or people who jumped into the dental world,
started to pop up in Egypt, yet again.
In Egypt they found indications of dental knowledge
and treatments for wounds in the mouth on papyrus.
Proving that dentists are from almost all times,
researchers found dental drilling
dates going back to 9,000 years.
primitive dentists did exist if you look at it that way.
They were able to drill nearly perfect holes
into the teeth of live patients
between 5500 and 7000 B.C.
This is known by the foundings of human skulls
with drill holes in a graveyard in Pakistan. 
So, that was the history behind dentists.
Now more about the fear.
The fear for dentists are to be spread in two groups:
Direct experiences and Indirect experiences.
Direct experience is the most common way people develop dental fears.
However by only experiences someone would fear dentists.
The manner of the dentist plays an important role.
Studies have shown us that dentists who were
“impersonal”, “uncaring”, “uninterested” or “cold”
were found to result in high dental fear at people,
even in the absence of painful experiences.
Though people who had had painful experiences
failed to develop dental fear
if their dentist was “caring” and “warm”.
Indirect experiences are experiences where people hear about
the traumatic experiences of dentistry (vicarious learning).
The mass media can also play a big role in the development of dental fears.
The fear can also be there due to nothing in the dental context.
Like people who have bad experiences with doctors
which means that they have fears for white coats and antiseptic smells,
making the dentists scary too in the end.
The helplessness and the lack of control can also be a reason why people are afraid.
The only treatment against this is trust I guess.
Trusting the dentist to stop when something hurts or to listen to what you say.
This helplessness can also be a result from a direct experience,
like when the dentist didn’t stop or listen.

But anyway, after all, no reason to be afraid.
Look at me.. I’m still alive.
And just find the dentists that you like and stay with him or her.


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  1. Anders J / Aug 15 2011 12:07 pm

    I’ve never really been afraid of dentists
    they just are there, then you go there, then you leave and everything’s ok, brilliant, isn’t it? 😀

    • MMasing / Aug 20 2011 5:28 pm

      haha.. yea that’s another way of looking at it.
      But people like you are rare.
      Tho I agree, I don’t think I’m really afraid of dentists either.
      After all.. wasn’t their mission to make us feel ok in the end?
      Greetz, MMasing.

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