Dental care and hypnotherapy

Created date

April 30th, 2019
Robert Stewart, M.D. Medical Director,  Wind Crest Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Robert Stewart, M.D. Medical Director,  Wind Crest, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Q: I take very good care of my teeth, so why do I seem to get cavities more often as I age?

A: Numerous factors can affect your teeth as you age. Enamel wears down over time. You may not produce as much saliva or have a dry mouth because of medication side effects. You’re also more prone to gum disease. In addition, changes in vision, muscle weakness, or arthritis may affect your ability to brush and floss as well as you used to. Talk to your regular doctor to see if you might have a health condition or a medication that is affecting your teeth. Pay close attention when you brush and floss and use fluoride toothpaste. See a dentist twice a year. Some seniors may need in-office fluoride treatments by a dentist to strengthen enamel.


Q: Does hypnosis work and is it safe?

A: Hypnosis is a process in which you become in a very relaxed state and are able to focus on a specific problem. Unlike how it’s portrayed on TV, people don’t lose control of their behavior, and they usually remember what has transpired during the session. Hypnosis has been shown to be effective for reducing stress and anxiety before a medical procedure or surgery. It has also been studied for other uses such as pain control, insomnia, smoking cessation, and phobias.

Hypnosis has been found to be safe, but use caution when choosing a hypnotherapist. Ask about training, experience, licensure, and membership in professional organizations. Also ask about cost and whether or not your insurance may cover it.

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Dr. Stewart received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Tex., and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tex. He completed his residency at Floyd County Hospital in Rome, Ga. Stewart is board-certified in family medicine. He joined Wind Crest in November 2013.