How can dentistry increase the effectiveness of treating problems, reach more seniors, while improving the patient’s experience and significantly lower costs?
Our vision is to protect a vulnerable aging population by bringing essential oral healthcare to seniors who are unable to travel to receive dental services.
Since a large percentage of my practice is senior based, I am aware of how their oral healthcare needs differ from the general population. Gum diseases have a greater impact on their overall well being. Pneumonia and influenza susceptibility can be reduced with good oral hygiene.
Dental needs can be a very expensive problem to treat.
The solution lies largely in the approach. The goal is to reduce or eliminate the bacteria that cause disease on two fronts: Gum Disease and Decay.
In large part this can be accomplished at seniors residences without ever having to travel to a dentist, getting a shot, or having teeth drilled. Simple frequent cleanings with improved oral care has been shown to improve oral health. Four professional cleanings per year by a dental hygienist dramatically improves health risks like pneumonia.
Recently, Silver Diamine Floride, (SDF) an inexpensive non invasive way to stop decay has been approved by the FDA. No shots ,no drills yet nearly 100% effective with several applications at 3-6 month intervals. I have incorporated SDF into my practice with success. It has more commonly been used in pediatric dentistry but it lends itself successfully to senior dentistry.