Compassionate Dentistry for Seniors
As the years go by, we quickly find that our smiles are not immune to the aging process. Just as our skin and overall health demand proper care and maintenance for lifelong wellness, so do our teeth. Aging can leave teeth weakened, worn, and damaged. Seniors are also more susceptible to oral health concerns such as dry mouth, root decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Greater Long Island Dental in Massapequa, NY, offers a wide range of geriatric dentistry services to diagnose and treat the concerns of your aging smile. Dr. Stephen E. Rogers and his team strive to make dental care as comfortable as possible and offer amenities like nitrous oxide for arthritic patients who have trouble sitting in the dentist's chair for lengthy treatments. In addition to our in-office procedures, we educate our senior patients on how to practice good oral hygiene at home to prevent the onset of future oral health complications.
The Importance of Dental Care for Aging Patients
At Greater Long Island Dental, we understand how aging, illnesses, and certain medications can all affect oral hygiene. We happily serve older patients with a variety of unique dental concerns.
Geriatric oral health problems can become very serious very quickly. These problems are not inevitable as we age, but proper dental care and regular tooth exams can help extend the longevity of your natural teeth.
The most common overall and oral health concerns found among senior patients include:
- Periodontal disease: Gum disease can impair your ability to taste, chew, or swallow. Inflammation from this disease has also been linked to stroke, coronary artery disease, heart disease, diabetes, worsening Alzheimer's disease, and other life-threatening conditions.
- Pneumonia: When patients breathe in bacterial droplets stemming from poor oral health, bacteria can travel from the mouth to the lungs and cause pneumonia.
- Tooth Loss: Tooth loss from gum disease, infection, or trauma can lead to additional tooth loss and other complications.
- Dry Mouth: Saliva is important for keeping your mouth moist and protects your teeth from decay and infection.
- Root Decay: As gum tissue recedes from the teeth, the roots become exposed and vulnerable to decay.
- Uneven Jawbone: If a patient suffers from decay and tooth loss, the remaining teeth will shift creating an uneven jawbone and serious bite issues.
- Denture-Induced Stomatitis: This is an uncomfortable inflammation of the gum tissue that can cause ill-fitting dentures and poor dental hygiene.
Scheduling preventative appointments instead of waiting until a problem occurs lowers your risk of serious diseases and can save you money on future treatments.
At-Home Dental Care for Seniors
To maintain good oral hygiene between visits, we recommend that you:
- Brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once per day before bedtime.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
- Drink tap water. It contains fluoride, which will help strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.
- If you’re a smoker, quit smoking.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.
- If you wear dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis and remove them each night.
Proper at-home care will help your smile look and feel healthy between appointments.
Restorative Dental Solutions for Tooth Loss
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 25 percent of patients over age 65 have no remaining teeth. Greater Long Island Dental offers a wide range of restorative dental solutions for missing or failing teeth. Our procedures are individualized to your specific needs and include restorative treatments such as:
Our restorations are carefully designed and made from high quality, natural-looking materials.
Learn More About Dentistry for Seniors
As you age, it is essential to keep up with your dental health. Scheduling preventative appointments instead of waiting until a problem occurs lowers your risk of serious diseases and can save you money on future treatments. To learn more about geriatric dentistry at Greater Long Island Dental, contact us online or call (516) 468-7103.
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