CNN.com - Teeth, face and feet: The new dental experience


By Rea Blakey

CNN Medical Unit

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Say the word "spa" and most of us think "relaxation". Say the word "dentist" and at least one in every seven Americans will think words like "anxiety", "pain", and "fear".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than two-thirds of adult Americans reported visiting a dentist during the past 12 months.

Another widely reported factoid suggests only half of the American population gets regular dental care. So some dentists are changing their practices to make the dental experience a more relaxing one for more people.

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