Dental phobia is a common issue amongst the British public, with over a quarter of the population admitting to a fear of the dentist. The reasons for this vary from being afraid of needles or not liking the smell of the surgery to hating the sound of the drill. Whatever the reasons are, it is inevitable that this could have a detrimental impact on dental health and hygiene.
A survey by the brace company, Sapphire Braces, was performed on 2000 participants, with alarming results. Around a quarter the of the people surveyed admitted they would prefer to take matters into their own hands rather than visit their dentist. Shockingly, some even reported extracting their own teeth by whatever means were available to them at the time.
A spokesman for Sapphire braces was quoted in the mirror, “Shockingly, a quarter of us have attempted a home remedy rather than paying the dentist a visit with a problem. We can’t even imagine what methods were attempted. Tying one end of a piece of string around a decaying tooth and the other to a doorknob, perhaps?” Participants also commented on being unable to afford the cost of treatment and follow up appointments as a reason for performing their own extractions.