Seniors face a higher risk of developing dental problems like dry mouth, low jawbone density, root decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, among other dental problems, making specialized senior dental care essential. Dr. Victor Siegel has over 30 years of dental experience providing this special form of care to patients who live in and around Rockville, MD. If you suffer from arthritis or other conditions that make it uncomfortable to sit in the dentist's chair for long periods, our office can provide oral conscious sedation for your comfort.
Why Is Senior Dental Care Important?
With advanced age comes an increased risk of developing certain dental problems. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health notes that seniors over the age of 65 face a high risk of:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Periodontal disease
- Oral cancer
- Facial pain related to dental problems
Often, dental problems that arise later in life are not the direct result of advanced age, but rather the culmination of many years of wear, tear, and exposure to sugary foods. In some instances, certain medications may cause dry mouth, which can contribute to oral health issues. These are just some of the reasons why six-month checkups are so important.
Dental care for seniors involves exams to identify dental problems, treatments to address dental issues, and cleanings to treat or prevent conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay. One benefit of working with our esteemed Rockville dentist is that Dr. Siegel understands the unique risks that are posed to older adults. Dr. Siegel understands how to examine prosthetics like dentures and bridges to detect any need for repair and to ensure that they are contributing to a balanced, functional bite.
Treatment Options for Seniors
If your oral health needs require restorative treatments, we offer:
Dr. Siegel will work to find the least invasive treatment possible. If you suffer from dental phobia, Dr. Siegel offers oral conscious sedation that can be used in conjunction with local anesthesia so you can be comfortable throughout your treatment.
Dr. Siegel will recommend a schedule of regular dental cleanings and exams tailored to your unique oral health needs.
Oral Hygiene Habits for Seniors
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits can prevent the need for invasive restorative treatments:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily
- Maintain and clean prosthetics as directed by Dr. Siegel
While twice-a-year visits are recommended for most of our adult patients, every individual is unique. Dr. Siegel will recommend a schedule of regular dental cleanings and exams tailored to your unique oral health needs.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today
The use of dentures, certain medications, and general age-related health conditions mean that seniors face unique oral health challenges. Dr. Siegel has the years of experience needed to ensure that you can maintain optimal oral health throughout your senior years. With proper care and the aide of a qualified dentist, your teeth can last a lifetime. To schedule a visit to our Rockville dental practice, please reach us online or call (301) 963-4330.