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Do older women fear dental care?

High levels of fear or anxiety surrounding dental care have been found in both young and older women and men. Older people may be more fearful or anxious about dental care because they tend to experience more oral problems in later life. Many will already have lost teeth. If you or someone you know is anxious to see the dentist, reassurance about the importance of oral care in advanced years can help. If anxiety or fear cannot be managed, a dentist may recommend seeing a mental health professional to help cope with those fears.

Dental anxiety is something anyone can experience; old or young, men or women. The trick is to not let anxiety keep you from achieving a healthy smile and good oral and overall health. With dentistry's many advances, today's diagnosis and treatment is more sophisticated and comfortable than ever before. Talk to your dentist and his or her staff about your anxiety. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs and make you feel better in the process.

Another tip to ease your anxiety is to try choosing a time for a dental visit when you're less likely to be rushed or under pressure. If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach. These positive techniques work wonders for many. Try them on your next dental visit.
 

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.