Today’s seniors are living longer, happier and more active lifestyles than any time in history. Thankfully Dentistry has evolved far past the trials and horrors of what our parents and grandparents had to endure for dental care. The mere acceptance of growing older means losing your teeth no longer applies.
Growing older brings wisdom, but also can create barriers to everyday homecare. Dexterity issues brought on by arthritis and other conditions or diseases can make even a simple task of brushing and flossing a challenge. Nutritional restrictions, limited dexterity and medications which alter the oral environment along with inadequate plaque removal create a prime opportunity for dental problems in seniors. You must search for Dental professionals who understand the unique dental needs that seniors face. The dentists must apply the principals of the highest standards of dental care by observation of the entire patient and not simply focusing on the mouth. The more information the dental professional has, the better overall care can be provided.
This is what we tell our patients looking for a Dentist for Seniors in Houston:
A complete assessment of every patient should taken. It begins the moment a patient enters the operatory, as ambulatory and dexterity ability are noted. Is the patient able to walk unaided? Is the patient alert and coherent? Can the patient see, hear smell and speak?
The patient’s complete medical history is reviewed and medication doses and reasons are discussed. Dental professionals are also mandated reporters, and so a social inventory is taken: Does the patient live alone or with family or caregivers? Is the patient in a safe environment? Observation is made for signs of abuse as well.
Next, the oral assessment is done. Blood pressure, pulse and respiration is noted, X-rays, oral cancer screening, caries risk assessment, nutritional counseling, saliva testing, charting of both the teeth and gums, and a review of the findings to complete a customized treatment plan for each individual patient as well as a customized continued care schedule and adjunct homecare tools are demonstrated as well as any recommendations and referrals to other healthcare professionals are made.
Because of our commitment to your oral and overall health, we are your best choice of dentists for seniors in Houston. There are many experts like us around the US.
The bottom line: accepting tooth loss or dental problems just because of age is no longer an excuse.