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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some reasons why people neglect their dental health?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Many things: Many people neglect their dental health because they have never been taught the importance of good dental health. Some people believe they will lose their teeth as they age, so why take care of them. They don't realize you can keep all your teeth for your lifetime with proper care. Some people have an unnatural fear of the dentist which prevents them from obtaining the care they need.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Many reasons...fear.: People who put off dental care for many reasons, often complex or personal. Common factors include fear (probably the majority), the cost of care, ignorance of the need or even apathy. Fortunately, there are good ways to manage or overcome any of these barriers. Remember that postponed dental needs don't just add up, they multiply.
Dr. Roya Arbab
33 years experience
Fear and Finances: Fear and fiances are the primary reason people neglect dental care.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Many reasons: The main reason is fear of the dentist ad they anticipate pain. Other reasons include expense, accesibility, lack of dental insurance.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Dental neglect: Dentist-phobia, sensitivity to loud noise, past traumatic experience, or lack of insight.

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