It is interesting that the percentage of American adults who have some level of dental fear (estimated at 75%) nearly parallels the percentage of adults ages 65+ who have some level of gum disease (70%).
This may be because it is the 65+ age group who endured dentistry in a different atmosphere than in most modern dental offices today. While today’s generation has a wider selection of dentists with reputations for gentle care and are attuned to the unique needs of fearful patients, many in the 65+ age group can recall less-than-pleasant experiences. Those born before 1949 also have the highest percentage of lost teeth and being totally edentulous (25%), or having no remaining natural teeth.
Lack of regular dental care leads to the formation of cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and health risks from oral bacteria, which can trigger systemic inflammation. These inflammatory reactions have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, preterm babies and even impotency.
Dental fear is a major factor in the frequency of dental visits among a large percentage of aging adults. If fear has kept you from regular dental visits, regardless of your age, you will find today’s dental environments highly sensitive to your comfort throughout each visit. In our office, we offer sedation options in pill form and I.V. (twilight sleep). However, we believe that finding a dentist you trust will help you ultimately release past fears and achieve the smile you desire.
If you are behind on regular dental exams and cleanings, call our office to arrange a full mouth exam. Once your mouth is restored to a healthy state, we can make recommendations to help you fulfill other needs for a confident smile!
If preferred, begin with a free consultation. Here, we’ll discuss your options in a private, comfortable Consultation Room so you can decide how you wish to proceed. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule a time convenient for you.