Dentistry for Seniors
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
Are you a senior? Do you care for a senior? If you are, that’s something to celebrate. Seniors are generally considered to be adults age 65 and older. We love seniors in our practice, because they bring so much knowledge and humor to our lives. The health needs of seniors are different than the health needs of other adults, and that includes dental care. If you are not sure what dental care you should be getting as a senior, let Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates give you information about dental care.
Why Is Dental Care Different for Seniors?
Senior dental care is different than dental care for other adults. First, seniors tend to have more chronic conditions than older adults, which means that taking care of their teeth becomes even more important. If you have heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, you need to know that these conditions can be made worse if you have tooth decay or gum disease. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the healthier your body will be overall.
It can be a challenge to care for teeth as a senior. Seniors usually take more medication that can leave their mouth dry. Dry mouth leads to more bacterial growth in your mouth, which increases the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Also, seniors may have all of their natural teeth, but they might also have a combination of natural teeth, bridges, dentures, or implants. This multi-layered approach to dental care can be complicated and result in some parts of your mouth being cleaner than others.
Seniors may suffer from receding gumlines, and they’ll need special care and attention. In fact, we keep a close eye on senior teeth and gums, so that we keep their teeth healthy and strong for life. If we monitor receding gum lines, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to continue to have good oral health.
One of the most common complaints we get from our senior patients is about their teeth. Often, their teeth aren’t as bright or white as they used to be. That’s because over time, our teeth lose the enamel, and they become more discolored. If the discoloration bothers you, there are treatments we can do to help you have whiter teeth.
If you wear full or partial dentures, you’ll need to bring those in to get checked as well. Over time, your dentures may not fit as well as they did when you got them. When you come in for your checkups, we need to check your dentures to see how well they fit. If your dentures don’t fit well, it can lead to problems with your jaw. You can also develop sores on your gums, which can make chewing painful. If we check your dentures twice a year, we’ll be able to make adjustments to them as needed.
We love our senior patients, in fact, they brighten our day with funny stories and great conversation. If you’re a senior, or you care for a senior, and you need a practitioner, give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.