Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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If you have fear of the dentist that makes it hard for you to get in to see them as much as you should, then it is important for you to do what you can to push past those fears. There are a few things that you may find helpful when it comes to getting yourself in that dental chair. Here are three tricks that you may want to keep in mind the next time you need to have some dental work done.

Consider a therapist – Depending on the severity of your fears, you may want to see a therapist who will work with you to help you overcome your dental fears. They can help you to understand what it is that is causing you to be so anxious about sitting in the dental chair and help you to find ways to work past those fears. By going to therapy, you can work past your issues in a way that is healthy and that will help you for the long term. If you are looking for a good therapist to help you with dental fears, it may be a good idea to ask the dental office staff if they know of a therapist that they would recommend.

Consider trying acupressure and/or acupuncture – Both acupressure and acupuncture can help with many things, and these include anxiety and stress. You can try both acupressure and acupuncture to get some relief from the stresses and worries over an upcoming dental visit that you have looming over your head. If you aren't okay with acupuncture, which involves the insertion of fine needles into your skin, then you should at least try acupressure, which doesn't involve needles.

Consider sedation dentistry – If you have a procedure coming up that has you extremely stressed out then you can also talk to your dentist about your fears. Let them know that the stress you are feeling goes above and beyond normal, and see if they feel that sedation dentistry may be something that would help you out during your procedure. When you are sedated, you won't have to worry about seeing or hearing anything that will make you scared. You also won't remember anything that happened during the procedure after you get home, so you won't have to deal with those memories that may freak you out. Sedation dentistry can be a wonderful thing for people with extreme dental fears.

Talk to a dentist, like those at Treman & Treman Family Dental Care, to learn more about your options for dealing with fear.