Senior dental care is as unique as the person receiving the care. There are many determining factors in oral health. While age is only one of those factors, many seniors need specialized care. Age and time are not always kind to our overall health, and that holds true with our dental health. Over time, habits, hygiene, and normal wear and tear take a toll on the teeth. In addition, many seniors suffer with various medical ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Seniors with diabetes and heart disease are twice as likely to develop gum disease, the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Since oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, these issues need to be taken seriously. Dr. Howard and his staff will take the time needed to comprehensively evaluate the needs of elderly patients’ teeth, gums, joints, and soft tissues.
Common dental problems that develop with age:
- Dry Mouth – Although some people have a medical condition that causes dry mouth, many times dry mouth is a secondary effect of medications. We can discuss your dry mouth with your physician to see if an alternative medication could help. Other than an annoyance, dry mouth can create a very bad mouth environment that is very susceptible to cavities.
- Stained Teeth – Teeth are made up of three layers: the nerve, the dentin, and the enamel. The outer enamel layer wears down gradually over the years. As the enamel becomes thin or disappears, the teeth become more yellow. In addition, years of dark fluids such as tea and coffee can cause stained teeth. Tobacco can be a contributing factor as well. We can provide insight as to how to improve the color of your teeth.
- Gum Disease – Often caused by plaque, tobacco products, ill-fitting dental devices, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes, gum disease is a serious and common problem for senior patients.
- Tooth Loss – One in four people over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. Tooth loss is probably the most frequent dental issue troubling seniors.
Comprehensive Dental Exam for Seniors
We will carefully evaluate all areas of concern and offer treatments to help restore oral health. Typical dental services include: cleanings, periodontal (gum) therapy, restorative work (such as crowns), or replacement teeth. With sedation dentistry and convenient payment options, seniors can get the care they need and deserve at Signature Dentistry.