Bronitsky Family Dentistry Highlights a Link between Dental Phobia and Low Self-Esteem

Aloha, Oregon dentist Dr. Erica Bronitsky takes on dental phobia, highlighting what individuals miss by succumbing to it, and how she and her team at Bronitsky Family Dentistry can help.

Dental phobia, which is the fear of receiving dental care, can cause more than damage to teeth and oral health. According to Dr. Erica Bronitsky from Bronitsky Family Dentistry, this fear has emotional costs, as well.

Due to their damaged or discolored teeth, people are bound to become self-conscious and insecure. As a result, they tend to smile less or avoid parting their lips while they speak. Since dental phobia prevents them from heading to the dentist, they become so embarrassed with the appearance of their teeth and eventually let both their personal and professional lives suffer. Their self-esteem is also wounded, forcing them to shun the world around them.

“According to my research, 75% of US adults experience dentophobia due to direct experiences with impersonal and uncaring dentists. However, only 5-10% of this group has a severe form of this phobia, which means others still stand a chance,” said Dr. Bronitsky.

The tension, nervousness and panic at the sight of a dentist or their instruments force people to temporarily experience physical illnesses, preventing dental professionals from carrying out any procedures. However, it is the long term effects that will endanger suffers’ health. By letting their teeth go, they put themselves at a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. This, in turn, lowers their life expectancy. New research has uncovered that poor oral health is connected to a number of life-threatening diseases like lung infection and heart disease.

To provide dental phobia sufferer with physical and emotional relief, Dr. Bronitsky points out that patients should be more selective of their dentists. They should also talk to these professionals and open up about their fears beforehand.

“We at Bronitsky Family Dentistry understand that adults and children alike may have had poor experiences in the past or were influenced by the media. This is why we have created a comfortable environment throughout our offices and always greet our patients in a friendly manner. The last thing we want is to have our patients suffer physically and emotionally due to fears that shouldn’t have been there in the first place,” she said.

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About Bronitsky Family Dentistry

Established in [year], Bronitsky Family Dentistry offers comprehensive dental services for all ages within a comfortable environment. Leading a team of Aloha, Oregon’s finest dentists, Dr. Erica Bronitsky provides cutting-edge dental solutions in a friendly style. Her one-on-one approach and dedication to helping patients make the best choices for their dental health are just two aspects that make Bronitsky Family Dentistry stand out in the state. For more information on Dr. Erica Bronitsky and Bronitsky Family Dentistry, visit

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Bronitsky Family Dentistry
17952 SW Blanton St
Aloha, OR 97078

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