Top 10 Things People Fear Most



Everyone is afraid of something. Whether these fears are rational or a product of some long buried trauma can vary from person to person. Whatever the root cause, many people all over the world experience the same fear for various reasons. Year-to-year the exact percentages can fluctuate, but what people are afraid of rarely does.  What are you scared of that wasn’t on the list? Let us know! 

1. Public Speaking Most of us are self conscious enough when we leave the house, often perceiving that people are watching us, judging us for a fashion faux pas or some extra holiday weight around the middle. So imagine the tension if all eyes really are on you? This popular fear leads to an equally popular bit of advice: just imagine your whole audience is naked.

2. Heights Everyone has experienced a case of vertigo now and then, but only those who suffer from a legitimate fear of heights can truly understand exactly how unsettling it can be. Interestingly, there is no set limit for how high is too high – a person with a fear of heights could have an equally intense reaction from the top of a mountain, the top of an escalator, or the top of a ladder. Worst vacation ideas for those that suffer a fear of heights would include tours of the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, and the London Eye.

3. Going to the dentist. People tell us everyday that they do not like going to the dentist.  A lot of these people were traumatized by some dental experience in their past.  Some are really afraid of needles.  Whatever the reason, this does not suprise us that it is #3 on the list.

4. Snakes. It is probably a good rule of thumb to follow: if it scares Indiana Jones, it scares me. And so, like Dr. Jones, we find ourselves terrified of the reptiles we perceive to be slimy and sinister. In reality, most snakes are neither, but since one talked Eve into taking a bite of that damn apple, snakes have gotten a bad rep. It’s difficult to overcome Biblical prejudice and Harrison Ford.

5. Flying. Millions of dollars in prescription drugs. Self-help books and behavior modification audio CDs. Enough tiny bottles of alcohol to intoxicate a herd of elephants. These are just a few of the coping mechanisms employed by those who are terrified of taking flight on an airplane. This particular fear can stand alone, or be incorporated with a few of the other greatest fear hits, such as heights, or claustrophobia. Travelers aware of their fear are encouraged to never fly un-medicated as a courtesy to their fellow passengers.

6. Spiders and insects. Arachnophobia is the irrational fear of spiders. Millions of people suffer from it. There’s a very good reason why big Hollywood horror movies often feature gross-out scenes stuffed to the gills with creepy crawlies. Most people are freaked out by things that have twice as many limbs as they do. Even harmless insects can give you a full body shiver. It isn’t the fear of being bitten by something poisonous, after all, that causes our bug-ban.

7. Enclosed spaces Fear of enclosed spaces, or claustrophobia, plagues most people, even those that would not readily list it as their greatest fear. Simple, every day experiences like riding the elevator to your office can leave many feeling both shaken and stirred. The extreme end of the claustrophobic spectrum leads to vivid nightmares of being buried alive, which is disturbing enough to scare anyone.

8. Mice. Ironic, isn’t it, that one of the most beloved characters of all time is Mickey Mouse, but shrink him down to life size and he represents a rodent that invokes irrational, mind numbing terror in many. Interestingly, when you separate the data culled by men and women instead of people as a whole, mice terrify women significantly more than they terrify men, indicating that the cliché of a housewife standing on a stool shrieking may not be as outdated as some feminists would like to claim.

9. Dogs. They may be man’s best friend, but dogs also embody a certain amount of fear. Usually linked to traumas surrounding an attack in childhood, fear of dogs can plague people well into adulthood. Unfortunately, a dog that is prone to attack will only be encouraged to do so by your panicked countenance, making this particular fear one of the most legitimate. People in this classification may find the classic Disney film “Old Yeller” surprisingly uplifting.

10. Thunder and Lightning. Many small children are afraid of storms; surprisingly, this is not something everyone grows out of. While the explanation or thunder and lightning is perfectly rational, the fear remains ingrained in many adults. The idea that “God must be bowling” is of little comfort to those who are currently cowering beneath their blankets, praying for daylight.

It does not surprise us that "Going to the Dentist" is #3 on the list.  there are so many people that have this fear.  If you or someone that you know has this fear, please let us know.  We can help!!


464664379 A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed...

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

The Eight Hats of Dr. Reece and the New American Dentist

7hatsdrreece-V2_Page_1 Traditionally we tend to think of a dentist as well...a dentist. But there is growing movement among dentists to advance beyond traditional ‘drill and fill’ dentistry to become what can best be described as the New American Dentist. To get there requires constantly learning new skills and wearing many different hats – seven in fact. Or, in Dr. Reece’s case, eight!


Dentists are rapidly becoming an integral part of healthcare with innovative treatments not imaginable only a few years ago. Science has shown the clear relationship between oral health and overall physical wellness. Heart health, sleep apnea, headaches and diabetes can be reflected in the state of our teeth, gums and bite. Blood pressure checks and expanded new patient health questionnaires are becoming the norm.


Great smiles need advanced planning that is premeditated, pragmatic and of course, artistic. Just like a house, a smile needs a blueprint of what the finished result is going to be and how it is going to look. Good dental architectural design leads to beautiful, functional results.


Teeth are natural marvels of engineering. When teeth are replaced with composites and secured by implants, knowledge of shear strength, cantilevering, load bearing, and more all come into important use. Dental engineering (neuromuscular dentistry) determines how our teeth come together and function in cooperation with our muscles and jaw.


The cosmetics of a smile are more than determining the whiteness of teeth. Now, the luminosity, shape, arch, length, width, natural imperfections, adjacency and angles of each tooth are meticulously and artistically brought together to determine what we register as a beautiful, youthful smile.


The materials used in dentistry are as important as the blueprint. A well-engineered smile has to use materials that match the demands expected of the engineering. The results can be a new smile that not only looks completely natural, but functions exactly as real teeth.


Putting everything together as a functional whole requires understanding how different systems come to life as one cohesive smile. Think master race car mechanic – orchestrating a thousand moving parts to work seamlessly.


Technology is rampant in dental practices, but to keep it from ‘running rampant’ requires taking the time to know how to utilize technology with a depth of understanding that compliments the master blueprint for the smile.


Those of us on Dr. Reece’s team know that there is another hat Dr. Reece wears exceedingly well and this the hat of a ‘Compassionate Psychologist’. Over the years, we have watched and learned from Dr. Reece that you have to take the time to slow down and learn what each patient’s life dreams and aspirations are to truly design a smile that is right for them. This attitude of caring pervades everything he does and drives him to learn more every day.

As a patient we’re sure you may have another ‘hat’ that you perceive Dr. Reece to wear. Let us know your thoughts.

The Right Smile for a Bright Personality

One of our all time favorite patients is Brenda Sims. You know her as a Brazos Valley TV Celebrity. We know her as a vivacious ball of energy that lights up our office every time she visits.

This is Brenda’s latest publicity photo, we couldn’t help but notice her smile. Dr. Reece combined his restorative and cosmetic skills to create just the right smile to match Brenda’s radiant personality.
Learn more and watch her video!


How a patient without hope, conquered her fear and learned all things are possible.

  We received a beautiful letter in the office today from one of our Six-Month Smiles adult cosmetic braces patients:


Dr. Reece and staff:

When I began this journey, I had no idea what to expect.  I was embarrassed and terrified.  Quickly as I began to find a dentist something about y’all stood out and made me feel like it was the right choice, so I sent an email.  Nearing a panic attack, I made it to my first appointment.  I was in complete relief by the time I left the office.  The office staff was so welcoming and friendly.  You all genuinely cared about my smile as much as I do.  I was comforted and felt relieved to have found the perfect dentist office for me and my condition. 

Appointment after appointment I have become much more comfortable with dental appointments and actually started looking forward to them!  There are always smiling faces to greet me and people bubbling with happiness every single time I come in.  Month after month Dr. Reece always pulled a different intern or student in to look at my progress which made me even more excited about how far I had come.  I always knew that the staff at your office cared about my smile; however, the day Dr. Reece surprised everyone and decided to take my braces off, I felt overwhelmed with excitement and everyone in the office was just as excited as I was and that is when I knew how much you all truly cared! 

Thank you all for making this journey the best it could possibly be.  From the kind words to the hugs when I was in tears every bit was greatly appreciated and I cannot thank you all enough.  I would not have been able to conquer this without each of you.  I came in January 2014 terrified that my teeth were past the point of correction and here I am July 2014 with a beautiful smile!

I never thought a perfect smile would be achievable for me and I would be a 20 year old girl with dentures, but through this journey I have come to realize all things are possible.  Thank you for making my dream a reality!  It truly means the world to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,



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Wedding Day Smile Makeovers that Stand the Test of Time

10 Years, 4 children and a million smiles in between.

Wedding day smile makeover stands the test of time.

Barbie was as excited as any engaged girl could be about her upcoming wedding day to her dashing fiancé Josh. But time was growing short and her smile was looking worse with each passing thought of how many photos would be taken of her during the upcoming ceremony.

It wasn’t that Barbie hadn’t thought about having her smile fixed before, it was the fact she was afraid of going to the dentist. Enter Dr. Reece and sedation dentistry. It was the answer Barbie needed.

With no pain and no distinct memory of the makeover, Barbie went from worried to ‘WOW!’ in short order. Dr. Reece worked with Barbie to design exactly the type of smile Barbie dreamed of projecting in her wedding day photographs.

Today, 10 years later, Barbie is still smiling but this time as the proud mother of 4 incredible children. She credits Dr. Reece’s artistic eye and skilled hand at creating a smile that truly has stood the test of time.

One Month Before Wedding


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Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Smokeless Tobacco, and Your Health

The recent death of 54 year old San Diego Padre's baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, is a reminder of the importance of oral health and regular check ups to help prevent salivary gland cancer, which took Tony's life. The carcinogens in tobacco affect you whether you are a smoker, chewer, or a dipper. There is a strong correlation between chewing tobacco and a higher risk of oral cancer. Evidence shows that direct contact with the tobacco can even predict the location where the disease begins.

During this time of loss of our Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, Dr. Reece wants to remind everyone to practice good oral health by brushing, flossing and scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist.

Dr. Reece believes great health is the greatest wealth and encourages ceasing tobacco habits that continue to be associated with serious and life threatening health problems.