Dentistry for Seniors & Retirees
The Challenges We Face as Boomers
When you hear “retirement,” what are the first five words that come to your mind? If they are leisure, relaxation, comfort, golf and old age, you’re thinking about yesterday’s retirement. This is the 21st century, when the 60 is the new 40 and retiring means growth, new opportunities, excitement, challenge, and self-discovery.
The Challenges We Face as Boomers
We are now living longer and should expect to keep our smiles for a lifetime. Your lifetime commitment to eating a balanced diet and maintaining proper dental care influences the health and enjoyment of your later years. However, it’s never too late to improve your dental health, comfort and appearance.
Common Dental Issues Affecting Seniors
Dry Mouth: Many seniors experience a reduced flow of saliva. It is a little known fact that 400 of the 500 prescription drugs, commonly used by seniors, have dental side effects. The most common is the diminishing of the salivary flow rate. This can lead to decay in unusual locations in people who have been otherwise dentally healthy. This condition can lead to sore throats, a burning sensation, hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing. In addition, if you leave dry mouth unattended, it can damage your teeth, since saliva’s natural rinsing keeps bacteria washed away from teeth and gums.
Root Decay: Often, receding gum tissue, normal in aging, will result in the exposure of the tooth’s root surface. Since this surface lacks the protective enamel layer, plaque and bacteria can easily accumulate on the root surface, leading to additional decay. This is often associated with acid indigestion and acid reflux (heartburn).
Darkened Teeth: Caused, to some extent, by changes in dentin — the bone-like tissue that underlies the tooth enamel — and by a lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages.
Gum Disease: A potentially serious condition that can affect people of all ages, but especially people over 40.
Missing Teeth: A common issue affecting seniors. This condition leads to an inability to chew food completely, causing problems with digestion, proper maintenance of the airway, and facial muscle collapse.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Seniors
We get some of our greatest satisfaction from providing new smiles for people who can be described as “older,” senior citizens, or folks experiencing advanced maturity.
Whatever the term, a lot of people have taken good care of themselves and continue the active life styles that served them so well over the years Yet many look in the mirror after their daily dental care and think, “I sure don’t look as good as I feel. I wish my teeth weren’t so dark and stained, chipped, short, and, well, shabby. I know they can be fixed but they work well and don’t hurt and I feel shy about discussing it and a little guilty about being vain and possibly investing in a cosmetic makeover at my age. Besides, what if it was done and I ended up with a mouth full of lily-white chicklets that don’t look natural and don’t represent who I am? What then?” What then, indeed.
If the paragraph above describes you in any way, and you’re ready to at least talk to someone knowledgeable about the options available, we are the perfect dentists for you. Along with unparalleled experience and exceptional skills, we get great joy from helping older people look as good as they feel. If what we’ve said interests you, call our office and arrange for a no-obligation consultation. It might come to nothing, but you will learn a great deal and have a much better sense of what “cosmetic dentistry for seniors” really means and whether it’s a path you want to take.
Most of our senior patients do not have regular dental insurance. In fact, according to the latest CDC report only 2% of Americans over 65 have dental insurance. Thus our seniors usually take advantage of our Smile Assurance Plan and receive the treatment they desire at incredible savings. Our staff understands that a lot of you are on fixed income and we will always find a way to fit your dental care into your budget so you can receive all necessary treatment you need.
If you don’t drive, call us and our driver will bring you to your appointment and drive you home after at no charge.