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Does Your Spouse Need to Go to the Dentist? How to Start the Convo

Posted on 11/20/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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Having a conversation with a spouse that is nervous about going to the dentist can be tenuous. Your words have to be chosen with care so as not to insult your spouse, but also so as not to increase their worry about going.

You need to make sure that you speak with them honestly about your concerns, and listen to their responses as well. So long as you both feel like you have an open opportunity to communicate, the conversation should go just fine.

Beginning the Conversation

You should start off by talking about your concerns. Tell your spouse that you are worried that their dental health is at risk and that it could lead to other problems.

Don't try and guilt trip your spouse into going, as that is only going to add to the anxiety or stress over the situation. Be honest about what you are worried about, and give your spouse the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

Explain that poor dental health can lead to issues like diabetes, heart disease, and problems with their overall health. If you leave problems with the mouth go too long, it can cause issues that spread around the entire body. Plus, since you love your spouse, you do not want to see him or her in pain, such as when they have a broken or cavity-ridden tooth.

Let them know that you will go in with them if necessary, and that you are proud of them for even considering going. If your dentist is great with fearful patients, then have your spouse see your dentist. If not, then work together to find one that has that specialty. The more comfortable your spouse feels, the more likely they are to return again in the future when new problems arise.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your spouses oral health.

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