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Dental phobia is sometimes, inaccurately called dental anxiety. People who suffer from dental anxiety often feel increased stress during regular dental checkups as well as during dental procedures. An individual that suffers from dental phobia often experiences a powerful unreasoning fear of visiting the dentist.

If you have put off visiting Dr. James Johnson for your regular dental checkup, or you have one or more problematic teeth, you should beware the stuff consequences that could arise from dental phobia.

On a cosmetic level, your regular dental checkup includes a basic cleaning procedure that polishes minor surface stains, while removing hardened tartar. Without resolving these minor surface stains, they can easily compound into serious staining issues that only stern, professional procedures can whiten.

People who have dental phobia, and put off visiting Dr. James Johnson are at a greater risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Even with regular brushing and flossing teeth can develop tartar buildup. While regular brushing and flossing can remove a lot of plaque, you cannot remove tartar on your own at home.

Tartar that is allowed to build up for too long can cause the gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This allows bacteria access to the gum line, which can cause periodontal disease and bone loss in the bones that anchor the teeth in the mouth.

It’s important to keep in mind that dental phobia is a recognized psychological disorder with many different treatment options available.

If you struggle with dental phobia, or you are long overdue for your regular dental checkup, please call Dr. James Johnson at 713.988.0536 to schedule an appointment.