Age with a Grin: Senior Dental Care
As we age, our dental needs evolve. Gone are the days of carefree cavities and brushing twice a day feeling like a chore. While aging brings wisdom and experience, it can also present new challenges for oral health. At Lans Family Dentistry, we understand that senior dental care requires a specialized approach, and we’re here to guide you through every step.
Why Senior Dental Care Matters:
Our teeth and gums face a lot of wear and tear over a lifetime. Seniors are particularly susceptible to certain dental issues, including:
Gum disease: This common condition, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and even impact overall health.
Dry mouth: Medications and age-related changes can decrease saliva production, making teeth more vulnerable to decay.
Denture care: Whether partial or full, dentures require proper maintenance to ensure comfort and functionality.
Sensitive teeth: Increased tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods is a common concern for seniors.
Gum Disease Prevention:
Gum disease, particularly in its advanced stages (periodontitis), can lead to significant tooth loss and even bone loss. Seniors are more vulnerable due to weakened immune systems and certain medications. Here’s how to keep your gums healthy:
Brush and floss regularly: This removes plaque, the sticky film that harbors bacteria and contributes to gum disease.
Schedule gum disease screenings: One of our dentists can check for signs of gum disease and recommend treatment if needed.
Manage chronic health conditions: Diabetes and other chronic conditions can increase the risk of gum disease. Work with your doctor to manage these conditions effectively.
Caring for Dentures:
Dentures play a crucial role in restoring function and confidence for seniors. Proper care is essential to maintain their longevity and effectiveness:
Brush daily: Use a soft brush and denture cleanser to remove food particles and plaque.
Soak overnight: Keep your dentures in a disinfectant solution or water when not in use.
Handle with care: Avoid dropping or bending your dentures.
Regular checkups: Visit your dentist for regular denture adjustments and cleanings.
At Lans Family Dentistry, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy, confident smile, regardless of age. We offer a range of senior-friendly dental services, from preventive care and gum disease treatment to denture adjustments and replacements. Our compassionate and experienced team understands your unique needs and concerns, providing personalized care to help you maintain optimal oral health. Contact Lans Family Dentistry today and schedule your senior dental consultation. Together, we can keep your smile bright and healthy for years to come!