Reds Dread the Dentist

June 10, 2010 at 3:38 PM Leave a comment

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio found that reheads were twice as likely to avoid visiting the dentist compared to brunettes.
The study looked at 144 people between the ages of 18 and 41, 67 of whom were natural redheads and 77 of whom had dark hair. Participants were asked to complete a survey, ranking their fear of dental pain and how likely they were to avoid dental work.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (July 2009), drew on previous research that found that people with red hair are more sensitive to dental pain due to a gene which contributes to their hair color.  Experts also believe that reheads require larger doses of anesthetics to numb their sensation of pain than people with other hair colors.

AGD Impact October 2009

Redheads, have no fear, there are stronger anesthetics out there now.  We can keep you comfortable. 

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Entry filed under: dentist, dentistry, pain control, redhair, redheds.

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