A Dentist Elderly Patients Can Trust
A large percentage of senior citizens do not have dental insurance and that typically means they do not visit the dentist for preventive care. Some may be living with unnecessary dental pain because it may be more difficult for them to get to the dentist. Trust is an important part of the relationship between an older patient and a dentist. In my practice, we take the time to get to know all patients and, in the case of older patients, much of that time focuses on how dental care impacts their overall health.
When I have an older patient, I take the time to explain how a few aspects of their age might affect their dental care. We talk about their overall health and how it’s important to care for teeth and gums each day to avoid periodontal disease which is linked to circulatory illnesses including high blood pressure. Infections that start in the mouth can easily spread to other systems in the body, so we emphasize good dental care to avoid unnecessary risk of illness.
I also inform older patients that their teeth may not be as sensitive as when they were young. So, they may not feel pain or discomfort in a familiar way if they get a cavity or small infection. Because of this, regular visits for cleanings and dental hygiene take on even more importance for the elderly so nothing gets out of control.
I know the importance of trust when working with senior citizens. That‘s why I focus on their big picture. Like all our patients, they need to know the importance of dental health for their age and how being diligent in caring for their teeth makes them more healthy.
If you have an elder family member or friend that needs better dental care, please contact my office at 972-512-0926 today!