Comprehensive Dental Care for Seniors
No matter your age, your dentist’s goal is always to help you enjoy strong, healthy teeth. But as patients get older, they start to have different needs based on their health, budget, or other special circumstances. Finding a compassionate dentist who is experienced in providing dental care for the elderly -- like Dr. Vanderbrook and the whole team here at Vanderbrook Family Dentistry -- should be a primary concern for caretakers or loved ones of senior citizens.
Special Considerations for Senior Dental Care
At Vanderbrook Family Dentistry, we are happy to provide high quality, personalized dental care for our community’s senior citizens. The risk for gum disease and tooth loss dramatically rises above the age 65, so routine visits with the dentist are more important than ever for older patients. We take into consideration the range of factors that can influence an older adult’s ability to enjoy a happy, healthy smile with routine dental care.
- Many elderly patients with arthritis have difficulty brushing and flossing their teeth properly. An electric toothbrush and waterpik can help -- but it is vitally important that patients who have issues maintaining proper dental hygiene visit the dentist twice-annually for a checkup and cleaning. In addition to arthritis, memory loss can also affect an elderly patient’s ability to stay on top of regular brushing and flossing.
- Many medications, treatments, and health conditions present in the elderly are accompanied by dry mouth. Unfortunately, when the mouth is not properly hydrated, bacteria is allowed to build up and multiply, putting senior patients at an even greater risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and a host of other oral health hazards.
- Oral and intravenous sedation can be especially helpful for older populations, who may be uncomfortable reclining with their mouths open for an extended period of time.
- People on fixed incomes may not feel like they can comfortably afford to fit dental care within their expenses -- but at Vanderbrook Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer convenient patient financing with CareCredit to help make high quality dental care fit squarely within any budget.
High Quality Denture Care
Most older patients are missing a number of teeth, and many may not have any teeth remaining at all. To prevent oral sores, discomfort, and nutrition issues caused by ill-fitting prosthetics, dentures require routine care and maintenance from a dentist who is experienced in senior dental care. A refitting or replacement denture is usually required every five to seven years.
We Take a Compassionate Approach to Dentistry
When you choose a dentist who is experienced in providing care to a variety of populations, including senior citizens, you are setting yourself or your loved one up for positive dental experiences and a healthy, long-lasting smile. At Vanderbrook Family Dentistry, we use the latest tools to make dentistry as comfortable, efficient, and inclusive as possible. Are you looking for someone to care for your or your loved one’s smile? Please don’t wait to get in touch with us. Request an appointment today!