Seniors Dentist in Maroubra – Tips and Suggestions
Geriatic Dentistry (Dentistry for Seniors) is an important part of our daily routine at Gentle and caring dentistry. Seniors (Patients aged more than 65 years) form more than 20% of the Australian population and generally a higher percentile of our patients.
With an improvement in health education and increase in personal care, we see an overall improvement in dental health and teeth retention amongst senior patients. Studies show that approximately 50% of people 55 years or older have at least 23 of their 32 natural teeth remaining.
Certain dental conditions are more common to seniors than young adults. Such conditions can have adverse effect on their dental health and overall physical well being as well.
Seniors are more likely to suffer from a host of oral health issues that may result from the natural aging process, the inability to receive proper oral care due to financial constraints, and/or the inability to provide dental hygiene care to themselves.
Our recommendation as a Seniors dentist in Maroubra is to reach for a dentist if you see any of the following conditions:
– Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
– Tooth Wear and Excessive Staining
– Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
– Loss or Alteration in Taste
– Denture Care
– Dental Decay (Root Surface)
– Issues with Missing teeth
According to a survey, more than 95% seniors in Australia, especially Sydney believe that dental health is of utmost importance to their overall well being. 70% of the seniors do go for regular dental checkups. And there is an overall view that dental and physical health has improved of the years.
Our suggestion as an experienced Seniors dentist in Maroubra is –
> Brush, Floss, Mouthwash Regularly – Twice a day with proper brushing technique
> Look into special toothbrushes to clean hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
> Change your toothbrush – Every 3 months or more regularly as necessary
> Go for regular dental checkups – twice a year minimum
> Know the warning signs that indicate your mouth, teeth, or gums may be in jeopardy
> Follow your dentist’s advice diligently.
> Tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking or changes to medication.
> Ensure that your dentist provides emergency care services if necessary
For any questions, dental emergency or just a regular dental visit, Call Dr. Roxanne Irani – Seniors dentist in Maroubra, Sydney for an appointment.