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Comfortable dental care for seniors at Macleod Trail Dental

-Dr. Jennifer Silver

senior dentistry calgary

Why Senior’s Dental Care is Important

Most people know that as they age, regular medical check ups are extremely important. But what most of our patients don’t realize is that senior dental care is just as critical. Aging puts seniors at risk for a host of oral health issues such as dry mouth, tooth decay and gum disease. This is a major cause for concern because the health of your mouth has a significant impact on the rest of your physical health. Maintaining good oral hygiene as you get older is one of the smartest things you can do for your body. At Macleod Trail Dental, we take dental care for seniors very seriously for the following reasons:

  • 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: The harmful bacteria in your mouth from chronic gum disease can also make you more susceptible to developing blood clots, which in turn increases your risk of a stroke.
  • Tooth Loss: Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss as you get older. Having missing teeth affects your nutrition, making it a challenge to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Dry Mouth: Many medications can cause dry mouth, a condition that can contribute to the development of cavities and other oral concerns.

What We Offer

Our team of Calgary dentists offers an extensive range of senior dental care services from checkups to denture fittings.

  • Denture Service: We are able to fabricate high-quality prostheses for complete dentures, single dentures, partial dentures as well as offer relines, repairs and adjustments for our patients requiring this service.
  • Examination & Treatment: In an effort to provide quality dental care for seniors, we encourage our patients to come in for regular check ups. During this examination, we check for gum disease, cavities, loose fillings, broken teeth, infections and signs of other problems that could affect your general health.
  • Cleaning: To help you maintain that healthy, white smile, part of our senior dental care services includes regular cleanings. Our dental hygienist will scrape away any tartar that can cause gum disease, after which a member of our dental team will polish your teeth.
  • Advice: After we have finished your check up and clean, we urge all of our patients to share any questions or concerns they may have with us. We’ll be more than happy to provide some advice on how to maintain your oral health care.

Benefits

Positive oral hygiene has many benefits which is why senior dental care is so important. Here are just some of the health gains of taking care of your teeth:

  • Less chance of developing gum disease: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in seniors. If you brush your teeth and floss regularly, as well as stay away from harmful substances such as tobacco, the risk of developing periodontal disease decreases significantly.
  • Eliminates dry mouth: Doctors used to believe that dry mouth was just part of the aging process. But today, we know that isn’t true. Older, healthy adults should never have a problem with saliva production. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste and speak while also increasing the risk of tooth decay and infection. To prevent dryness, drink water and avoid sugary snacks, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as well as tobacco.
  • Oral Cancer: The incidence of oral cancer is much higher in adults over the age of 40. Regular dental check ups are crucial to catch the cancer early so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
  • Fewer cavities: Although cavities (dental caries) can occur at any age, the incidence of cavities in patients older than 60 years old is twice that of a 30 year old. This is why brushing your teeth and flossing twice day as well as making regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings are so important.
  • Keeps your teeth white: Through a lifetime consuming stain-causing foods and drinks, engaging in habits such as smoking and poor dental care, your teeth will inevitably lose their shine, allowing a darker yellow dentin to show through. Keep your teeth white and healthy by brushing and flossing regularly, maintaining a well balanced diet and going for routine cleanings.

At Macleod Trail Dental, we are invested in our seniors’ dental care and we take time to understand your medical history. When needed, we are more than happy to consult with your medical doctors to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. We’re happy to direct-bill all insurance plans including Alberta Blue Cross and Alberta Seniors 101 plan, making your treatment as stress-free and easy as possible.

To learn more about our dental care services for seniors or to receive additional information on oral hygiene, contact our team of Calgary dentists at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca. We’d be more than pleased to advise you.

At Macleod Trail Dental, we are invested in our seniors’ dental care and we take time to understand your medical history. When needed, we are more than happy to consult with your medical doctors to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. We’re happy to direct-bill all insurance plans including Alberta Blue Cross and Alberta Seniors 101 plan, making your treatment as stress-free and easy as possible.

To learn more about our dental care services for seniors or to receive additional information on oral hygiene, contact our team of Calgary dentists at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca. We’d be more than pleased to advise you.