Golden Years: Dental Care for Seniors By Dr. Dan Whiting on September 10, 2017

A senior dental patient, smiling as she prepares to undergo treatmentAt Smiles for Life Dental Care, we realize that patients have different needs at different stages of their lives. Dr. Joe McIntyre, Dr. Dan Whiting, and their team of dental professionals have the experience, training, and skills to meet those special needs while providing dental care of a superior standard. This includes providing a comprehensive range of cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry services to our extremely valued senior patients.

Drs. McIntyre and Whiting recognize that each senior patient has his or her own unique needs and goals and deserves the same individualized attention as our other patients. They also recognize, however, that seniors face an entirely different set of oral health issues than patients in their teens and twenties. We are equipped to address these issues with professionalism, sensitivity, and exceptional skill.

Whether you have an elderly loved one who requires dental care, or you are a senior who is looking for dental care of the highest quality, you’ve come to the right place. We would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about dental care and seniors at our Harrisonburg, VA cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice. Please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care today.

How Do We Treat the Special Needs of Senior Patients?

In general, senior dental patients are no different from patients of any other age. They want to be treated with respect and courtesy. They don’t want to feel judged for their dental problems or as though they are being patronized. Because some seniors have physical limitations that can make brushing and flossing difficult, they can feel insecure and even become defensive when it comes to their oral hygiene. As dental professionals, we realize that we must walk a fine line when interacting with senior patients, making them feel comfortable and instilling a sense of trust in them.

We treat all of our patients with professionalism and dignity, but we recognize that, in the case of many of our senior patients, return visits to our practice may represent their best opportunity to care for their teeth and gums. Therefore, we employ a particularly gentle touch when dealing with them, without ever coming across as condescending. In the end, these are adults, worthy of our admiration and respect.

Common Oral Health Issues among Seniors

Seniors are vulnerable to the same oral health issues as patients of any other age; however, there are certain issues that are more likely to occur as patients become older, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth syndrome
  • Oral cancer
  • Enamel erosion
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum recession
  • Root canal infection

We provide a full range of general dentistry services, including professional cleanings and thorough oral exams, that can help to prevent many of these issues from occurring. When these problems do arise, we can use our state-of-the-art restorative dentistry treatments to return form, function, and health to the mouth.

Learn More about Dental Care for Seniors

To learn more about the dental care that we tailor to the unique needs of seniors, please contact Smiles for Life Dental Care today.

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The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
  • Compassionate Finance™
  • CareCredit®
  • LendingClub®
  • Smile Rewards 

To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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