Dentists Scarier Than Snakes And Spiders, UK
Oh no not again. It’s not good news for Dentists as the latest piece of research by the British Dental Health Foundation suggests that visiting the dentist makes people more nervous than snakes or spiders.
The Foundation asked people- what made them most nervous from a list including heights, flying, injections, doctors, snakes, spiders, going to the hospital and visiting the dentist. Over one in five people rated visiting their dentist as the thing that made them most nervous – more than any other category. Overall, statistically, heights topped the poll of biggest fears, closely followed by visiting the dentist and going to the hospital. Snakes were rated fourth and spiders came fifth.
In comparison to Doctors, we poor misunderstood Dentists also struggled. The Foundation discovered that nearly 10 times as many people were made most nervous by their dentists compared to their doctor. Not sure how that compared to real estate agents and the tax man!!
Looks like we still have a long way to go to improve public confidence and reduce the perceptions about receiving dental treatment.