Seniors & Oral Health Care
Maintaining optimal dental health is important at any age, but especially for those over age 55. Proper oral hygiene for seniors can help prevent bacteria from growing rampantly in the mouth, a situation that has been linked to greater risk of stroke, heart disease and systematic infections.
Those over 55 also have additional risk factors that make them prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Many seniors have dentures or partials, both of which, if not cleaned properly, are a favorite haven for bacteria. Seniors are also more likely to have type 2 diabetes, a condition that increases a person’s susceptibility to tooth decay.
Good dental care for seniors should include both regular preventative visits to the dentist as well as good at-home care. During the office exam, our team will take x-rays to make sure there are no problem areas in your mouth. We will also clean your teeth thoroughly and periodically perform an oral cancer screening. All of these procedures are simple and painless, but when combined with good at-home dental care can help your teeth last a lifetime.