Dental Exams for Seniors
The entire team at Artistic Expressions Dentistry wants patients to have a healthy smile at any age. That’s why we tailor all dental exams and treatments to the needs of patients based on their age and their health concerns. We build relationships with every patient in the Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Doylestown, PA area that lasts into their golden years.
Dr. Bruce Wilderman would like to focus on dental exams for elderly patients. People age 65 and older tend to need additional care specific to their age group. We are here to help.
Common Dental Problems Among Seniors
Elderly patients face a number of issues affecting dental health and wellness. Some of the most common issues are the result of long-term wear and tear.
Tooth loss becomes more likely when you are of an advanced age. Patients 65 and older are often missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of their teeth.
When cavities go untreated, they can lead to more serious dental health problems. The risk of severe cavities gets worse with advanced age.
Major Tooth Fractures
Severe chips and cracks are just like cavities in some ways: they can get much worse over time without treatment at an earlier date.
Gum disease can similarly become more of a serious issue with advanced age. This is particularly true if it isn’t diagnosed and treated earlier.
Arthritis, injury, and severe wear can result in dysfunction of the jaw joint. These TMJ disorders can result in serious problems biting and chewing.
Saliva production slows down considerably with age. On top of being annoying, dry mouth can make bad breath worse and weaken your teeth.
Cancer risk increases with age, especially for people with a history of smoking or drinking. Sores or lesions in the mouth are an early sign.
Why Regular Checkups Matter
Seeing your dentist regularly means you’re getting potential problems looked at by a professional as soon as they arise. Early detection and treatment means better dental health and general health in the long run.
How Often Should Seniors See Their Dentists?
Seniors should see their dentist once every six months just like everyone else. This gives your dentist a chance to monitor health issues as they develop and keep tabs on previous problems you’ve faced.
For instance, patients who are missing teeth may get dentures. If your dentures get fractured or worn, your dentist can let you know when you need a new set. The same goes for crowns, bridges, and other appliances or restorations.
What to Expect During a Senior Dental Exam
A senior dental exam is similar to most other kinds of dental exams. There may be extra emphasis on cancer screenings and x-rays to note issues with bone loss and the structure of the jaw.
Beyond that, patients can expect a cleaning and routine exam. There will also be ample chance for discussion regarding any dental health problems the patient has experienced recently.
Learn More About Senior Dental Exams
If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like more information about your options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can schedule a consultation at our Doylestown office by calling (215) 712-8282.