Dental Care for Seniors
Seniors often worry about affordable dental care. Since seniors often rely on a fixed income, finding quality care at a reasonable price can be a great source of stress. Fortunately, Precious Smiles welcomes seniors with great treatment options and a staff that is attuned to the needs of older patients.
Dental Issues Common Among Seniors
By itself, age does not determine oral health. You can maintain the health of your teeth and gums for many decades by practicing a daily oral hygiene regimen. However, simply because seniors have lived longer lives, they tend to accumulate issues with their teeth. Some of the oral health issues commonly associated with seniors are:
- Darkened teeth: Consuming stain-causing foods and beverages over your lifetime can result in darkened teeth as a senior. Also, seniors can wear down their outer layer of enamel, exposing the darker layer of dentin beneath.
- Root decay: As gum tissue recedes, your teeth’s roots are exposed. Since roots do not have a protective layer of enamel, they are more vulnerable to decay.
- Gum disease: A variety of factors contribute to gum disease, including tobacco products, poor diets, poor-fitting dentures, and other diseases like anemia, diabetes, and cancer.
- Weakened Jawbone: The roots of your teeth stimulate jawbone growth, so if you have been missing teeth for long periods, your jawbone will weaken.
- Denture-induced stomatitis: This condition is inflammation of the tissue beneath a denture, caused by poorly fitting dentures or lax oral hygiene.
What Seniors Can Expect From Their Checkup
With awareness of the oral health issues that affect seniors, your Precious Smiles checkup will involve a thorough assessment of your body’s systems around the face and mouth, including:
- Your teeth for signs of decay
- Your gums for signs of infection
- Inner cheeks
- Salivary glands and lymph nodes
- Your jaw for signs of clicking and popping
- The alignment of your bite
- The skin of your face and neck
All these body structures work together to ensure good oral health. For seniors, it is especially important to check often, ensuring that your systems are in good shape. It is also essential to maintain your oral health regime into old age. Brush and floss daily, rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings.
At Precious Smiles, we take special care to welcome seniors and work with them to ensure good oral health. Call today, and discover Scottsdale’s most affordable dental care for seniors.