Forum Rules and Guidelines



Staff member
Jan 1, 2005
Welcome to our dental phobia forum :)! In order to keep this forum on track and to make it a friendly place, we ask you to follow these rules and guidelines:


This is a forum for people who are (or have been) affected by severe fear of going to the dentist (unless you are a dental professional wanting to help, of course!).

If this isn't the case for you and you have a dental question, concern or worry, use a general dentistry forum instead (for a list, see here: Dental Forums ). The "Ask a Dentist" section is reserved for people who are currently or have in the past been suffering with dental anxiety, fears or phobias.

Them's the rules:
  • No personal attacks on other members (including innuendo) or private vendettas
  • No requests for free dental work or links to fundraising websites like gofundme or similar
  • No fetishist posts (e.g. dentures/GA/amalgam/dental SM fetishism)
  • No pornography
  • No scare tactics
  • No quackery (examples: Weston Price/root canal cover-up/natural health cures or herbal supplements for abscesses/oil pulling)
  • No spam
  • No posts which condone the use of force or restraint
  • No racist, disablist, ageist, homophobic or transphobic language
  • First posts from newly registered users asking "Is this dry socket" will be deleted.
  • Commercial posts or requests for participants in documentaries or TV and radio programmes need to be approved first (e-mail [email protected]).
Swearing and mild sexual innuendo are allowed, within reason.


Try and post in the appropriate sections of this forum.

Do not post the same post or a very similar post more than once! Double posts will be deleted.

If you start a thread in the support and journal section, please provide updates by replying to the thread, rather than starting a new thread each time you post! This will make it much easier for other members to follow your story.

Seeing a dentist is not mandatory. Avoid putting pressure on anyone. Everyone has the right to go at their own pace, and also the right not to see a dentist.

Please do not conduct online therapy on this forum, such as CBT or NLP. This applies to both professionals and laypeople. It is better to share your personal experiences and let others take from that what they want.

Please refrain from using covert methods of influencing people or mind control, including NLP.


This is an open forum, and is indexed by search engines such as Google. Do not use your real name on these forums or give away details which would allow other people to identify who you are, unless you are absolutely sure you don't mind.

If you feel the need to change your username, please contact an administrator via PM and/or email [email protected] and we can change it for you. Please note that we don't delete posts upon request unless there have been no replies by other posters. This is to ensure that people who have taken the time and effort to reply will not have their work taken out of context and rendered meaningless. We are however happy to edit any personal details or descriptions which could identify you.

Don't use your e-mail address or phone number on these forums.

To avoid confusion, we don't allow multiple user accounts. We reserve the right to merge multiple user accounts.

We want you to feel safe here. If you receive any PMs from other members which strike you as odd or inappropriate, don't hesitate to contact the adminstrators, or e-mail [email protected]

You can find our privacy policy here:


Could everyone please take great care when considering posting dentistry related images or videos, particularly when they are of a graphic nature (e.g. pictures of teeth, dental instruments, dental surgeries etc.),including animated videos. Many people who visit this forum are at a stage where they can't cope with things like toothbrush commercials, so it would be hugely appreciated if any images are kept as non-graphic as possible.

Pictures of the inside of your mouth which are posted for reference when asking questions in Your Dentistry Questions Answered can be helpful as they can help others to give you information and/or advice. However, not everyone who visits the forum is at a stage where they can cope with seeing such imagery, so bear this in mind when posting.

If you wish to post images of your mouth in order to seek advice from one of our forum dentists or other members, we ask that you post these in Your Dentistry Questions Answered and not in Support or any other section.

Any images or videos which are considered to be overly graphic or frightening to some viewers may be removed.


Private Messages (PMs) can be a useful tool for connecting with people in similar situations or even to develop friendships. However, please do not send PMs:

(1) as a way of getting dentistry questions answered by individual dentists - please use the forum instead
(2) for unsolicited advertising
(3) if they may constitute unrequested spam
(4) of a sexual nature, or with the intention of entering into a romantic relationship with another member
(5) of a fetishist nature
(6) to multiple recipients, especially repeatedly, for example with questions that have already been asked by you on the forum
(7) which may upset the recipient(s)
(8) for the purposes of conducting online therapy.

The administrators reserve the right to ban members who grossly misuse the PM system, or - depending on the nature of the messages - to disable their PM system.

IMPORTANT: Any advice posted here is for entertainment purposes only. It is NOT intended as a substitute for advice by a qualified health professional in person! No warranty of any kind is made with respect to the accuracy of general advice and/or answers given as a response to a question. Only you, your dentist and other health care providers can make an appropriate diagnosis and/or treatment decision.

The messages on this board express the views of the respective authors, not necessarily the views of this forum. We reserve the right to remove or edit any post for any reason.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless this forum, and

You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, abusive, harassing, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You also agree not to post any material that is not your own without a link to the source unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. If you would like to advertise something which is directly related to dental phobia, please do so, but the administrators and moderators reserve the right to delete any post they deem inappropriate.
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