The teeth and gums become more vulnerable to a variety of potential issues as we grow older. Fortunately for patients in South Ogden, Dr. Patrick Tanner offers dental care to seniors. With a good oral hygiene regimen and regular visits to the dentist, patients can avoid the common dental problems that affect senior patients.
Unfortunately, senior patients face specific oral health challenges. Certain medical conditions that affect seniors, such as arthritis, can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Certain medications can also affect oral health. In addition, the effects or tooth erosion and gum recession can makes the teeth and gums more susceptible to decay and infection.
Seniors are considered to be more at risk for the following oral health problems:
Seniors are especially encouraged to keep in close contact with their cosmetic dentist, who can make specific recommendations for your unique situation and perform necessary procedures such as the placement of dental bridges or dental crowns.
Advanced age does not automatically equal poor oral health. By simply applying and closely following a few simple oral health rules, seniors can avoid a myriad of tooth ailments. For example, daily brushing and flossing of teeth is essential. Since plaque can build up more quickly in the teeth of seniors, neglecting oral hygiene can more easily lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Tips for seniors to maintain good oral health:
Growing older does not have to come with a myriad of oral health problems. It is possible to maintain healthy teeth and gums through the practice of good oral hygiene and attendance of regular appointments with your cosmetic dentist. To learn more about caring for your teeth as a senior and all the options available to you, schedule a consultation with the capable staff of South Ogden Smiles today.
Dr. Tanner's office and staff are the best!!! I’ve been going to him for over ten years and always have been treated with the best care. Even when I had an emergency, they got me right in. His work is exceptional, and pretty much pain free!!