Anxiety is a common feeling that most people experience at least once in their lifetime, as it is the body’s natural response to stress. Everyone gets anxious about different situations, whether it is going into an exam or having an interview, however, some people may develop severe cases which may lead to anxiety disorders.
There are a variety of disorders, one of the most common are panic disorders, which is when someone has a panic attack, usually lasting around 10 minutes at unexpected times. A panic attack is distressing as your body will suffer from several mental and physical symptoms including a fast heartbeat; sweating; dizziness; tingling in the stomach as well as several others. Statistics reveal that women are twice as more likely to suffer from this disorder than men and in 2013 there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK. The result of people suffering from panic disorders is that they live there life in fear and are very unlikely to get over that fear.
Additionally, almost half the UK population fear the dentist, with 12% having dental anxiety, even though all treatments are relatively pain free. This may have an impact on an individual’s` orals health, increasing the chances of developing periodontal disease or tooth decay which can lead to many more serious complications. Routinely check ups are important for maintaining oral health and with only 61% of adults going to the dentist regular oral health is not getting better. Following on from this, parents aren’t taking their children to the dentist either due to them being scared so, therefore, it is easier for a parent not to go through a traumatic experience, this means only around 60% of children visit the dentist regularly. This is a major problem, as these children are more likely to experience several problems further down the line, as well as this failure to take care of teeth may lead to enamel erosion, cavities, tooth decay, and gum diseases.