If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. It is a universal phenomenon!
Your dentist is a vital player in your oral health, so it is important to make regular appointments. Oral health plays a big role in overall health and "regular check-ups are important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth," according to the American Dental Association.
Consider getting free dental care at a dental school or community college. Many dental education programs, at which dental hygienists and dentists are training, provide free care. If you do not qualify for free care, you might qualify for reduced-cost care or a sliding-scale fee option