How Do I Talk to My Senior Parent About Going to the Dentist?
Your parent may be interested to know how going to the dentist contributes to overall health and longevity. Recent studies show that bacteria from the mouth has been linked as a cause for an increase in heart disease, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Regular dental cleaning visits in addition to proper home care limit bacteria in the mouth.
As teeth are lost and chewing power decreases, there is an increase in memory loss. Not to mention, if they can’t chew, it will limit the healthy foods they can eat. Dental implants allow for the same chewing force as natural teeth, and we’ve restored implants on patients up to 87 years old.
Even if nothing is bothering your parent, a comprehensive exam and necessary X-rays can reveal what, if left untreated, could cause problems in the future.
If the root of their hesitance is a fear of the dentist, they are not alone. One in ten people have some fear of the dentist and we specialize in making our patients feel comfortable. The dental hygienists and Dr.’s Gordon will not rush your parent and will answer any questions they have.
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