Senior Smiles Get Special Treatment
- Posted on: Feb 15 2018
In today’s world aging adults’ are holding on to their teeth much longer than ever before in the history of the human race. We have come a long way in a short amount of time, thankfully. The progress that has been made through formalizing dentistry as a professional practice means that we all have the opportunity to enjoy a full set of healthy, functional, attractive teeth throughout our lifetime. In our NYC office, we strive for the high standard of making dentistry both efficient and comfortable through the use of modern dentistry, including sedation techniques and personal dental care.
What’s the Point of Personal Dental Care?
An important point that has been discovered through research is that every one of us may have unique dental needs. Sure, the ultimate goal is to prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay. However, the way in which we do that may differ from others. Seniors are a prime example of the value of personal dental care. By understanding how the mouth changes, how diet may change, how medications may affect the mouth, and other aspects of aging, we are better able to help adults of all ages protect their smile.
Challenges Seniors May Face and What to Do About Them
One of the difficulties that older adults often express is that stiffness and pain in their hands prevent them from being able to brush and floss efficiently. They may have a hard time reaching teeth at the back of the mouth and may forego flossing altogether because they cannot comfortably hold floss between their fingers.
Two strategies for overcoming this obstacle are to brush with an electric toothbrush and to floss with a flossing tool designed to hold floss, so you don’t have to. Water irrigation devices may also be beneficial. Our office provides each patient with a customized home-care program, including techniques, instructions, and product recommendations.
Medications and Medical Conditions
Seniors may be adversely affected to some degree by chronic health conditions and medications. For example, we know that diabetics may experience dental problems related to dry mouth. Certain medications may also inhibit saliva flow, creating dryness that exacerbates oral acidity.
One solution to dry mouth, whatever the cause, is to sip water frequently throughout the day. There are mouth rinses and other oral care products available to help alleviate dry mouth. Dentists also recommend enjoying the occasional sugar-free candy, chewing gum sweetened with xylitol.
Have dental problems piled up for you? There is no need to struggle. Get personal care that caters to your need for comfort in our New York City sedation dentistry office. Call (212) 974-8737 to schedule your visit.
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