Geriatric Dentistry in White Bear Lake MN
White Bear Smiles is a family dental practice that truly believes in dentistry for every age and stage of life. One of our core beliefs is that everyone is entitled to good dental care and treatment appropriate to their own unique needs.
Simply put, we believe that you are never too old to have a healthy smile. We love working with our senior patients, getting to know them, and listening to their concerns.
As you age, focused care is required to make sure that you can eat, smile, and talk comfortably so that you can enjoy life. Dental care for senior patients requires an awareness of the specific concerns that affect primarily seniors. Dr. Anderson has an extensive knowledge of these concerns and knows what to look for and what should be addressed.
Oral health has a direct link to overall health. Dental conditions like periodontal disease have been shown to have a direct link to other systemic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Since all of these conditions are more common in seniors, it’s clear that taking good care of your teeth and gums is important.
Special Issues Affecting Senior Patients
While most of these issues can affect patients at any time in their lives, they are more common in seniors and the risk increases as they get older. Some of the issues we frequently manage when working with our older patients include:
- Dry mouth – This condition, known medically as xerostomia, can be attributed to a number of causes, including certain medical conditions and the pharmaceuticals used to treat them. Common dental complications with dry mouth include bad breath, increased frequency of cavities, and fungal infections like thrush.
- Medication – In addition to causing dry mouth, some medications also increase your risk of bleeding during treatment. They can also affect the way your food tastes, and may contribute to the development of sores or inflammation in the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Medical conditions – As noted, systemic health conditions are linked to periodontal disease. Some conditions can more directly affect your oral health by increasing your risk for fungal infections, cavities, and bad breath. If you have diabetes or heart disease, it’s important to let Dr. Anderson know so that we can plan your care accordingly.
Periodontal Disease in Senior Patients
While gum disease is common in senior citizens, it’s not an inevitable part of growing older. By practicing good home care and keeping up with your regular appointments at White Bear Smiles, we can keep periodontal disease and all of its aggravating symptoms at bay. If you have periodontal disease now, we’ll help you get it under control and keep it that way.
Not every patient will need dentures, but if you are among those who do, you deserve attractive, lifelike dentures that fit properly and enhance your quality of life rather than detract from it. Dr. Anderson is skilled at designing beautiful dentures that complement your features, facial structure, and skin tone. We can also discuss options like implant-supported dentures for extra security.
Call to Schedule Your Next Appointment
Whether you are new to our practice or have been a patient for years, we are happy to have you here. Give us a call today to schedule your next check-up with White Bear Lake dentist Dr. Paul Anderson.