As you get older, various changes in your health and in your body increase the challenge of effective dental care and hygiene. Arthritis can make it difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. Normal wear and tear on the teeth can cause various problems like discoloration, cracking, chipping, or severe decay. New medications necessary because of changes in health can affect your gums, teeth, and saliva. And when you do visit the dentist for various types of dental work, your daily regimen of medication has probably become more complex. Your dentist must carefully consider your required prescriptions to prevent dangerous interaction with medications he might prescribe to improve your dental health. Natural changes in body function and medications for a healthy lifestyle mean dental therapies also must be modified to meet the varying needs of seniors.
It’s important to work with a dentist who understands the special needs of older people. Going to your dentist regularly and being sure your dentist is aware of your medication usage, overall health information, and various other aspects of your individual situation can help ensure you get the best possible dental care. If you’re having difficulty with your oral hygiene due to arthritis or loss of dexterity or medications are reducing saliva flow or causing other health problems, a dentist with experience in this area can help. Alternative oral hygiene devices and treatments can help your teeth and gums remain healthy, comfortable and for last a lifetime.
For more information about dentistry issues specific to senior citizens, please contact Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale, Arizona dentists Dr. Scott LeSueur and Dr. Charles Dodaro to make an appointment or schedule a consultation.