Personalized Dental Care for Seniors
Your smile is not immune to the effects of aging. As you grow older, your risk for certain oral health issues increases. At Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Northampton, MA, we provide specialized dental care for seniors and can help patients with a wide range of concerns, from dental sensitivity to tooth loss. Dr. Teddi Olszewski takes immense pride in fostering a warm, welcoming, and comfortable environment for patients of all ages. No matter your dental needs, we can help you find a solution.
Why Senior Dental Care is Unique
Certain prescription drugs, medical conditions, and aging all contribute to the changes affecting oral health in seniors. Some of the most common conditions that senior dental patients face include:
- Dry mouth: A reduction in saliva production can wreak havoc on your oral health. Dry mouth can be a result of certain conditions, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. It can also be caused by radiation cancer treatments. Most often, it is a side effect of a prescription medication.
- Root decay: Aging and gum disease can contribute to exposed teeth roots. These surfaces are more susceptible to cavities because there is no enamel protecting them.
- Gum disease: This condition can affect patients of all ages, but it is more common in older adults. Infection in the gums can result in myriad dental problems, and can have a significant negative impact on your overall health.
- Tooth loss: If decay or gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to eventual tooth loss, which would require significant restorative care.
- Tooth movement: If missing teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth can shift, causing spacing issues and problems with your bite.
- Thrush: When the immune system is weakened, you can become more susceptible to the fungus Candida albicans, or thrush. This can occur as a result of certain diseases or from prescription medications.
Importance of Routine Dental Care
Regular dental cleanings and examinations are important for everyone, but they are especially crucial for senior patients. The frequency of these visits can be determined by Dr. Olszewski, based on your individual and unique needs. For example, some patients may only require cleanings every six months, while those with a greater risk for decay and periodontal disease may need to visit our office every three or four months.
There are also several things you can do between dental visits to prevent complications and maintain optimal oral health. We recommend that you:
- Avoid all tobacco products
- Consume sugary drinks and food in moderation
- Floss at least once per day
- Brush at least twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash into your daily regimen
- Chew sugarless gum to promote healthy saliva production
- Speak to your medical doctor about any prescriptions that may be contributing to dry mouth
We provide specialized dental care for seniors and can help patients with a wide range of concerns, from dental sensitivity to tooth loss.
Comprehensive Care for Long-Term Oral Health
At our practice, we offer a wide range of family dentistry services for patients of any age. Whether you require preventive, cosmetic, or restorative treatments, we can design a customized plan to address your needs. Dr. Olszewski also has extensive experience treating patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases that require specialized care.
Tooth Loss Solutions
If your quality of life is suffering due to tooth loss, we can help you find a solution. Dr. Olszewski offers a number of teeth-replacement options, including:
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are concerned that age, health conditions, or medications are affecting your oral health, we can help. To learn more about senior dental care at our practice, contact us online or call us at (413) 584-2902.