Survey Shows People Are More Scared of Root Canals Than Spiders and Snakes
A recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) shows more people (59%) are afraid of getting a root canal than speaking in public (57%), spiders (55%) or being trapped in an elevator (54%).
CHICAGO — A recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) shows more people (59%) are afraid of getting a root canal than speaking in public (57%), spiders (55%) or being trapped in an elevator (54%).
The October 2019 survey of 1,000 US adults also found that when given the option of a root canal or another activity:
- 57% would rather spend 1 hour in a room with 10 spiders.
- 54% would rather sing the national anthem at a sports game.
- 53% would rather have a snake in their lap for 15 minutes.
- 41% would rather go swimming with sharks.
Fear of root canals is even greater for young people, where 73% of 18- to 24-year-olds would rather speak in public, and 71% percent would rather run a marathon than get a root canal. Forty-seven percent of 18- to 24-olds said they would even rather go swimming with sharks than get a root canal.
As trick or treaters get ready to indulge in large amounts of Halloween candy, the study also asked: What’s the safest candy for your teeth? Only 19% of respondents were able to identify chocolate as one of the safest candies for your teeth, and just over one in five (22.5%) of 18- to 24-year-olds was able to identify “gummy candy” as being the worst for your teeth. Meanwhile 68.1% of those 65 and older successfully ranked sugarless candy as one of the safest options, compared to only 39.5% of those who are 25- to 34-years old.
Other interesting findings from the Halloween study include:
- 65% of women are afraid of root canals, compared to 53% of men who are afraid of root canals.
- 77% of 55- to 64-year olds would rather spend one hour in a room with 10 spiders than get a root canal.