The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S - – ELIN

I hate go­ing to the den­tist. Just think­ing about hav­ing a check-up is enough to in­duce pal­pi­ta­tions. And I’m not the only one – one in six Aussies suf­fers from high den­tal anx­i­ety.

I’m not 100 per cent sure what trig­gered my fear. Maybe it was the locum who slipped and ac­ci­den­tally sliced the in­side of my cheek when I was eight, or the time I was all blocked up from a cold and gen­uinely felt as if I might suf­fo­cate dur­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion. What­ever it was, I’m now a bonafide den­to­phobe ( yes, that re­ally is a ‘ thing’) and my teeth are pay­ing the price – not to men­tion my wal­let!

This week, we shine a spot­light on all things den­tal, from our pick of the best new at-home tech that prom­ises happy gnash­ers ( page 10) to our re­port on why some bac­te­ria are good for your mouth ( page 4). We also take a closer look at the cost of den­tal treat­ment. With 45 per cent of Aussie adults ad­mit­ting that they avoid reg­u­lar check-ups for fear of how much any sub­se­quent treat­ment may cost, our fea­ture on page 6 will arm you with all the ques­tions you need to en­sure you don’t get ripped off.

And if, like me, you’re ter­ri­fied at the thought of vis­it­ing your den­tist, turn to page 8, where we share ex­pert tools to help you fi­nally over­come your fear. Good luck!

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