Senior Dental Care

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Comfortable dental care for seniors at Macleod Trail Dental

-Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dental Care for Senior Calgary

The Importance of Senior Dental Care

Senior dental care is crucial to healthy ageing. While most people know the importance of regular medical check-ups as they age, many don’t realize that senior dental care is so important too.

As you age, you are at an increased risk of oral health issues such as dry mouth, tooth decay and gum disease. This is a major cause for concern because your oral health has a significant impact on the rest of your physical health. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the smartest things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing.

At Macleod Trail Dental, we take dental care for seniors seriously. Here’s why:

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an active bacterial infection in your mouth. Countless studies have linked it to other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and pneumonia. In fact, patients with chronic gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those with healthy gums.

Blood Clots

Chronic gum disease results in a lot of harmful bacteria in your mouth. As a result, you are more susceptible to developing blood clots. In addition, this increases your risk of a stroke.

Tooth Loss

As you get older, poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth can impact your nutrition. Therefore, it becomes challenging to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.

Dry Mouth

Many medications commonly prescribed to seniors can cause dry mouth. This condition can contribute to the development of cavities and other oral concerns.

Senior Dental Care: Treatments We Offer

From checkups to denture fittings, we offer an extensive range of senior dental care services.

  • Denture Service

We fabricate high-quality prostheses for complete dentures, single dentures, and partial dentures. In addition, we offer relines, repairs and adjustments.

  • Examination & Treatment

To provide quality dental care for seniors, we encourage our patients to come in for regular checkups. During your examination, we check for gum disease, cavities, loose fillings, broken teeth, and infections. Plus, any signs of other problems that could affect your general health.

  • Cleaning

Regular cleanings will help you maintain a healthy, white smile. Our dental hygienist scrapes away any tartar that could otherwise cause gum disease. Thereafter, a member of our dental team will polish your teeth.

  • Advice

We are here for our patients in every way possible. All patients are encouraged to share any questions or concerns with us. We are more than happy to provide advice on how to maintain your oral health care.

Senior Dentistry Benefits

Good oral hygiene and quality senior dental care offer many benefits. Here are just some of the benefits associated with taking good care of your teeth:

Decreased risk of developing gum disease

Did you know, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in seniors? You can decrease your risk of developing periodontal disease significantly by:

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday
  • Avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco
  • Regularly visiting a dentist for checkups and cleanings

Eliminate dry mouth

Doctors used to believe that dry mouth was a natural part of the aging process. But today, we know that isn’t true. Older healthy adults should not have issues with saliva production. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste and speak. Plus, it increases the risk of tooth decay and infection. To prevent dry mouth, drink water and avoid sugary snacks, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as well as tobacco.

Reduce risk of oral cancer

Oral cancer rates are much higher in adults over the age of 40. Regular dental checkups are crucial to catch cancer early on. Therefore, you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Fewer cavities

Cavities (dental caries) can occur at any age. Although, the incidence of cavities in patients over 60 years old is twice that of a 30-year-old. Therefore, it is even more important to brush and floss your teeth twice daily. In addition, make regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings.

Maintain whiter teeth

As you age, your teeth may inevitably lose their shine, allowing a darker yellow dentin to show through. Senior dental care helps you maintain whiter teeth and reverse damages caused by a lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and drinks, or engaging in habits like smoking and poor dental care. Keep your teeth white and healthy by brushing and flossing regularly, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and getting routine cleanings.

At Macleod Trail Dental, we are invested in your dental care. Therefore, we always take the time to understand your medical history. When necessary, we are more than happy to consult with your medical doctors to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. Plus, we direct-bill all insurance plans including Alberta Blue Cross and Alberta Seniors 101 plan. As a result, your treatment is as easy and stress-free as possible.

To learn more about our dental care services for seniors, call us at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca.

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