Geriatric dentistry, also called geriodontics, is involved in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of dental conditions and diseases associated with aging. Elderly dental patients can be challenging to treat for many reasons, and geriatric dentists are specially trained to handle this.
Elderly patients who have poor cognitive skills due to Alzheimer’s or have lessened manual dexterity due to arthritis can be more frustrating to treat. There are many who develop complications that also affect their teeth and gums due to the medication they take. Their conditions may also make routinary activities and hygiene difficult to perform. Regular teeth brushing and even flossing, not to mention the regular dental visits, are harder to do. Nevertheless, elderly dental health must never be neglected. In fact, specialized care provided by top-notch geriatric dentists must be in place.
At Battery Hill Dental, our qualified dentists from Caloundra are trained to provide dental care for the elderly. It is encouraged for caregivers or family members to let their elderly visit their dentists every six months to ensure good oral health, identify potential problems, or treat conditions even before they get worse.
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Meanwhile, we advise caregivers and able elderly people to follow the tips below to care for their teeth and gums at home:
- Brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled tooth brush
- Clean between your teeth using dental floss
- Rinse with mouthwash at least twice a day.
- Visit your dentist to regularly
- If you’re wearing dentures, clean them regularly according to dentist’s instructions
- Eat healthy, nutritious meals
Do you have an elderly loved one who needs specialized geriatric dental care? Contact us at Battery Hill Dental and set an appointment today!