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Some people might confuse dental phobia with dental anxiety. A person struggling with dental anxiety understands the value of basic dental procedures, yet they also feel undue stress during basic dental procedures. A person dealing with dental phobia is sometimes overwhelmed by an irrational fear of visiting the dentist. Many of them avoid regular checkups and procedures, until a serious problem arises.

People suffering from dental phobia have a greater risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay problems. Even with regular brushing and flossing tartar can still harden onto your teeth near the gum line. Once it forms it can only be effectively removed from your teeth by the tools and techniques used by your dentist.

Left unchecked, tartar buildup increases your chances of developing gum disease. This can cause the gums to receded from the base of the teeth creating pockets of infection deep in the gums and can even result in one of more teeth falling out.

It’s important to remember that dental phobia is a recognized psychological disorder with many different treatment options available. Dental professionals are highly trained to be able to provide you with the highest quality of care in a comfortable setting.

If you have questions about dental phobia, you would like to explore your treatment options or you would like to schedule your next checkup, please call our office at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health for many years to come.