By Dr. Adrian Acosta
As we age, our bodies can lose their strength and dexterity, causing bones to become brittle and muscles to become weak. Thankfully, with a healthy diet, proper oral care, and good lifestyle choices you can prolong or prevent this from happening. Unfortunately, however, many elderly patients have already suffered some form of oral trauma or poor dental care and have already sustained serious damage to their mouth.
When working with older patients, it is important to keep in mind that they may have an extensive medical or dental history. As Founder of Acosta Dental Arts, PA, I find it crucial to teach my team to always take special consideration with older patients to help understand the extent of their oral health needs and how long it has been since they have received regular dental care. Other health concerns may also factor into the state of their mouth, which should be observed and recorded as necessary.
Tooth Loss in Senior Citizens
Tooth loss is a common occurrence for people over the age of 65, with seniors having an average of less than 20 remaining teeth in their mouth. While we understand dental procedures might not always fall within the price range most people can immediately afford, we still always recommend inquiring about payment plans to help cover costs in a manageable way.
Not replacing missing teeth in the mouth can pose a significant danger to the jaw as it can accelerate bone loss or bone resorption. Once the tooth is lost, it causes the jawbone to deteriorate and can increase the likelihood of more tooth loss. The longer you wait to address the problem the worse it can get and the costlier. [Read more…]