Dental anxiety is associated with poor oral health: Study
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Investigators, through recent research, have found out that dental anxiety is a serious dental public health problem and that it is a contributor to poor oral health and care avoidance, as published in the International Dental Journal.

In this study secondary analysis of data from the 2009 New Zealand national oral health survey was carried out. Dental anxiety was measured using the Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS).

The study presented that;
--The prevalence of dental anxiety was 13.3%.

--On average, DAS scores were higher by 14% among females, lower among those in the oldest age group, higher by 10% among those in the European/Other ethnic categories, and higher by 10% among those residing in the most deprived neighborhoods.

--Those who were dentally anxious had greater oral disease experience and were less likely to have visited a dentist within the previous 12 months. They also had a poorer oral health-related quality of life, with the highest prevalence of OHIP-14 impacts observed in dentally anxious 35- to 54-year-olds.

Conclusively, dental anxiety is a dental public health problem. It is an important contributor to poor oral health and care avoidance. There is a need to develop both clinical and population-level interventions aimed at reducing the condition's prevalence and impact.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1111/idj.12613
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