Our Seniors are one of the most valuable members of the community and it is very important to be informed on how we can help them to preserve their dental health.
Every dentist wants to preserve their patients' dentition because it provides them with a better quality of life. That is why we need to pay close attention to our aging population.
As the years go by people lose their motor skills (ability to properly use their hands) giving them hard time to keep up with their oral hygiene habits, not only that but the medications cocktails that is prescribed by medical doctor for the associated health issues, usually decreases the saliva flow causing a high risk of dental decay and root caries that can lead to tooth loss.
Then what can we do?
At our office we try to bring them in more frequent for dental hygiene appointments, in that way we can remove more frequently the build up forming on their teeth. We also recommend them toothpaste with high fluoride content to try to reduce the root caries formation, encourage family to provide them with electric toothbrushes that will help to remove plaque in a more efficient manner without needing fine motor skills (or good hand control).
When they are being taken care of by a caregiver it can also help to provide the caregiver who usually is in charge of the dental hygiene duties with dental plaque disclosing agents in order to help them do a more throughout job while removing the dental plaque at home.
We are who we are because our aging population made today possible for us and we must do our best to improve their quality of life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your comments with your inquiries.