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Elder Care Dentistry

7 Day Dental Elder Care Dentistry

7 Day Dental understands the challenges that may arise as a person ages and provides compassionate dental care, that takes into consideration, the unique needs of our elderly patients. A person with arthritis, for instance, may neglect daily oral care due to movement problems that interfere with brushing and flossing. Additionally, many senior patients take medications that cause side effects, such as dry mouth, that contribute to decay. Some may not have seen a dentist in years. Finding a dental practice that can make older patients feel comfortable and has the expertise to earn the trust of senior patients is essential to a positive dental experience and lasting oral health.

Understanding the Challenges of Elder Care Dentistry:

Our dentists at 7 Day Dental has experience caring for elderly patients and is well-versed in the unique challenges commonly associated with senior dental health such as these:

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1. Inability to brush and floss properly
Medical conditions that affect movement, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, make daily brushing and flossing difficult, if not impossible, to perform. It’s essential that patients who have difficulty brushing see their dentist regularly for thorough cleanings and exams. Our dentists at 7 Day Dental may also recommend a power toothbrush to make daily oral hygiene more comfortable.
2. Dry mouth
Medications, cancer treatments, and certain diseases contribute to dry mouth. May seniors attempt to curb dry mouth by sucking on hard candies, which greatly increases a person’s risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Dr. Our dentists at 7 Day Dental will provide thorough exams to detect early warning signs and offer oral hygiene tips that will help maintain optimal oral health. In general, people with dry mouth should drink plenty of water and use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
3. Dentures
If you wear dentures, our dentists at 7 Day Dental will check to make sure they fit properly, look for any irritation in the mouth, and examine the appliance for wear and tear. Aside from general discomfort, ill-fitting dentures can lead to more serious oral health concerns, such as gum disease and denture-induced stomatitis. Most dentures need to be relined or replaced every 7 to 10 years to ensure optimal function and comfort.

A Compassionate Approach

Providing comprehensive elder care dentistry for people with special needs requires a high level of expertise, patience, and compassion. Fortunately, advances in dentistry have significant benefits for elderly patients. Less invasive procedures minimize recovery time. Even patient education has improved with new tools to help illustrate oral care techniques for both patients and caregivers. Overall, with a dentist who understands the special needs of elderly patients, oral healthcare can be a positive an empowering experience for everyone involved.

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Dr. Chuck Le
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