A new study has found that over a third of British adults are afraid of going to the dentist.
Of the 2000 adults who took part in the questionnaire, almost 80% said they avoid going to the dentist because of their fear.
There were five main reasons why adults are afraid to visit the dentist. The most common reasons were the fear of finding an new undiscovered health problem and being afraid of the medical equipment used during an appointment. Another common reason for fearing dental appointments was due to a bad childhood memory. Finally, the last two main reasons why adults avoid medical appointments were because of a previous uncomfortable experience at the dentist, and the potential pain.