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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Two ways to ensure that your agoraphobia does not cause your oral health to decline

by Jimmy Carter

If, as a result of having agoraphobia, you find it difficult to leave your home and have not been to the dentist for many years, here are some of the steps you might want to take to stop this psychological condition from harming your oral health.

Find a dentist who runs a mobile clinic

You should try to find a dentist in your area who runs a mobile clinic. The reason for this is that most mobile dental clinics can usually only provide simple dental treatments (like a scale-and-polish or a check-up), but using this service could enable you to avoid developing the types of major dental health conditions that would necessitate a trip to a standard dental clinic (a trip that would probably induce severe anxiety, due to your agoraphobia).

Getting a dentist to go to your home and clean your teeth regularly will not only ensure that having this dental treatment does not trigger a panic attack (as you will be receiving the treatment in your home, where you feel safe) but it will also help to stop the formation of things like dental caries, abscesses and gum disease (all of which are usually caused by too much inflammatory calculus coating the teeth).

This is not a long-term solution (as ultimately, you should try to get the psychological support you require to overcome your agoraphobia), but it should ensure that whilst you are still suffering from this condition, it does not lead to a severe decline in your oral health.

Order your dental supplies online in bulk

If you only purchase your dental supplies (such as floss, toothpaste, spare brush heads for your electric toothbrush, and mouthwash) online, because your agoraphobia makes shopping in person far too stressful, then it is sensible to buy these items in bulk.

The reason for this is that if you only have one of each of the above-mentioned items in your home at any one time and you order them when you are just about to run out, you may end up having to make do without these products for two or three days whilst you wait for the newly ordered supplies to arrive.

If this happens repeatedly, it could have a negative impact on your oral health. For example, if you don't have any toothpaste for three days and just use a plain toothbrush and water to brush your teeth, you won't be able to clean off all of the plaque on your teeth. Over time, this could lead to severe decay and oral infections that may result in you having no other option but to go to a dental clinic, which could be highly distressing.

If however, you buy these items in bulk, there is very little risk of you running out and then being unable to clean your teeth properly.

For more information on your options, contact a dentist.