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Half of all Canadians have what's called 'Dental Dread'

Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm PDT

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A new poll finds 50 per cent of Canadians hate going to the dentist and rather swim with sharks or watch paint dry

Many say the sounds and smells of the dentist's office are enough of a deterrent

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Is there a sound that really makes your skin crawl? For many people, it’s the whine of a dentist’s drill and apparently dental dread is an all too real fear for Canadians.

A new poll suggests about 50 per cent of people fear going to the dentist and they rather do anything else.

More than one-quarter would rather suffer through a dinner with their in-laws. One-in-seven rather watch their favourite shade of off-white paint dry while 15 per cent would be in favour of running into their ex.

Those polled said the sounds and smells of the dentist’s office is enough of a deterrent for them to skip an appointment. While the fear of feeling pain or the possibility of discomfort held them back from seeing their doctor.

This so-called Dental Dread is highest among those between the ages of 18 and 34 and highest among British Columbians.

Something that would help, according to the poll, is lowering the dental freezing time. Three out of four Canadians are either very or somewhat interested in options to reduce how long their mouths are numb.