Dental Care for Seniors
Senior patients face an increased risk of health issues such as dry mouth, receding gums, and tooth decay. In order to maintain excellent oral health, specialized dental care for seniors is essential. If you or a family member needs senior dental care in the Idaho Falls, ID, area, we invite you to visit Sandcreek Dental. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Mark Tall can provide comprehensive care tailored to the needs of seniors.
Tooth Decay and Dental Damage
Daily wear and tear can take its toll on your oral health over the years. Weakened, damaged, or compromised teeth can be reinforced with restorative dentistry procedures. Dr. Tall may recommend dental fillings, crowns, inlays, or onlays to protect weakened teeth.
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
Certain medications frequently prescribed to seniors can cause dry mouth. Without sufficient saliva production, patients face an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Tall can help you identify the cause of your dry mouth and recommend appropriate treatment options.
It is estimated that 30 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have no natural teeth. Dr. Tall offers several teeth replacement options at our practice, including:
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can occur at any age. However, seniors face a higher risk due to the prevalence of osteoarthritis and other factors. TMJ treatment is tailored to the unique needs of the individual, and may involve physical therapy, medications, or oral appliance therapy.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Seniors
Visiting the dentist at least once every six months is recommended for patients of any age. Seniors should establish and maintain a schedule of routine care that can allow a dentist to not only monitor oral health, but also assess the condition of dental restorations.
If you are a senior who needs to establish ongoing dental care, or if you wish to schedule a consultation for a loved one, Dr. Tall is here for you and your family.
Maintaining Optimal Oral Health
Seniors can maintain their oral health between checkups by taking simple measures:
- Brush twice daily using a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss once daily to remove food, plaque, and debris between the teeth.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to further decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Attend regular examinations and cleanings.
Patients who wear full or partial dentures should take special measures each day to avoid damaging their restorations or developing related oral health issues. For example, it is important to clean the gums, cheeks, and palate routinely to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent oral infections, such as thrush. In addition, your denture should be soaked in a solution every night to eliminate bacteria.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are a senior who needs to establish ongoing dental care, or if you wish to schedule a consultation for a loved one, Dr. Tall is here for you and your family. Contact us online or give us a call at (208) 525-4780 to book a consultation.