DENTISTRY FOR SENIORS IN SIMCOE, ONTARIO
As we age, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep a healthy mouth. Seniors are more at risk of dry mouth, cavities (especially near the roots), gum disease, and oral cancer. Those who rely on a caregiver may find it difficult to maintain a clean mouth. Fortunately, with regular dental visits and proper care, these issues can be treated or avoided to allow you to keep smiling.
What to Expect
It is important to attend regular dental checkups and cleanings to maintain the health of your mouth. During these appointments, your dental team can update your medical history, including new medications, screen you for oral cancer, and help instruct and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to prevent gum disease. It is also important to have any false teeth, such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants examined and cleaned.
As mentioned before, seniors are more likely to have dry mouth. This makes them susceptible to cavities because the bacteria in the mouth sit on the teeth longer. Dry mouth can be the side effect of more than 500 medications. Therefore, it is important to update your dentist about any new medications you are taking. Our dental team can make recommendations to help alleviate symptoms of dry mouth and prevent cavities. This may include speaking with your doctor to change medications or dosages, using artificial saliva stimulants such as mouthwash, sprays or Xylitol candies/gum. We may also recommend some lifestyle changes, like drinking more water and avoiding foods and beverages that irritate the mouth. You may have a fluoride varnish applied to the teeth to help prevent cavities, similar to the fluoride treatments you had as a child.
If you are the caregiver of an elderly family member or friend, you are welcome to attend the appointments. Our hygienists are happy to help educate you and the patient on proper oral care and demonstrate how to achieve it.
Prevention is the best medicine. Many dental problems are preventable with good daily mouth care and regular dental visits. Problems that are caught early are usually less expensive and easier to correct. You will leave our office feeling more confident and in control of your dental health, and have the knowledge and ability to properly care for your teeth and gums as you age.
Drop us a note or give us a call to book your appointment.