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Dent. J. 2017, 5(1), 8; doi:10.3390/dj5010008

Oral Health, Nutritional Choices, and Dental Fear and Anxiety

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Department of Kinesiology, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1, Canada
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Reconstructive Periodontics and Implant Surgery Clinic, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E5, Canada
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Academic Editor: Nick Girdler
Received: 4 November 2016 / Revised: 24 December 2016 / Accepted: 16 January 2017 / Published: 21 January 2017
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Abstract

Oral health is an integral part of overall health. Poor oral health can lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and some types of cancer. The etiology of these diseases could be linked to the individual’s inability to eat a healthy diet when their dentition is compromised. While periodontal or implant surgery may be necessary to reconstruct tissue around natural teeth or replace missing teeth, respectively, some individuals avoid such interventions because of their associated fear and anxiety. Thus, while the relationship between poor oral health, compromised nutritional choices and fear and anxiety regarding periodontal procedures is not entirely new, this review provides an up-to-date summary of literature addressing aspects of this complex relationship. This review also identifies potential strategies for clinicians to help their patients overcome their fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment, and allow them to seek the care they need. View Full-Text
Keywords: anxiety; fear; nutrition; oral health; periodontal anxiety; fear; nutrition; oral health; periodontal
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Beaudette, J.R.; Fritz, P.C.; Sullivan, P.J.; Ward, W.E. Oral Health, Nutritional Choices, and Dental Fear and Anxiety. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 8.

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