Our dentists have experience catering to elderly patients and are well-versed in the unique challenges commonly associated with senior dental health, such as the following:
Inability to brush and floss properly. Dental conditions that affect movement, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, make daily brushing and flossing difficult, if not outright impossible, to perform. It’s essential that patients who have difficulty brushing see their dentist regularly for thorough cleanings and exams. The dentist may also recommend a power toothbrush to make daily oral hygiene more comfortable.
Dry mouth. Medications, cancer treatment, and certain disease contribute to dry mouth. Many seniors attempt to curb dry mouth by sucking on hard candies, which greatly increases a person’s risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist will provide thorough exams to detect early warning signs and offer oral hygiene tips that will help restore moisture. In general, people with dry mouth should drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gums and candies, and use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
Dentures. If you wear dentures, the dentist will check to make sure they fit properly, look for any irritation in the mouth, and examine the appliance for wear and tear. Aside from general discomfort, ill-fitting dentures can lead to more serious oral health concerns. Most dentures need to be relined or replaced every 7 to 10 years to ensure optimal function and comfort.