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The delivery of dental care to older adults involving diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of problems associated with age related diseases is considered one of the most important factors to consider.
In the elderly population poor oral health has been considered a risk factor for general health problems. Older adults are more susceptible to oral conditions or diseases due to an increase in chronic conditions and physical/mental disabilities. Thus, the elderly form a distinct group in terms of provision of care.
Reasons Senior Dental
Senior dental problems can be common, from dry mouth to periodontal disease, and since oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, these issues need to be taken seriously. Taking care of elderly teeth and gums is just as important as digestive or heart health.
How to Improve Senior Dental Care?
We all know brushing twice a day and flossing every couple days is important for oral health. But there’s more to maintaining dental care than we know. Here are expert tips from the American Dental Association that are good guidelines to follow:
Patients with special needs are defined as “those patients with medical, physical, psychological, or social situations that make it necessary to modify normal dental routines in order to provide dental treatment for that individual. These individuals include, but are not limited to, people with developmental disabilities, complex medical problems, and significant physical limitations. This population of patients is reported to have higher rates of poor hygiene and, as a result, a greater incidence of gingivitis and periodontitis, as well as caries, than the general population.
Certain conditions can make brushing or flossing teeth difficult to impossible to perform. Drugs can also affect oral health, as well as forgetting to brush or suffering from cognitive health disorders. Such patients can typically be treated in general dental practices with the assistance of family and/or care providers. Some procedures may require the use of General anesthesia or sedation in a Hospital setting for those patients who are severely disabled.
All of these reasons make seniors and special needs dental care a priority, which is why it’s important to schedule dental checkups every six months, sometimes more, with qualified dentists.