Treating Elderly Patients
Finding the right family dentist to work with doesn't always mean someone who specializes in children, it can also mean someone who builds great rapport with elderly patients as well. Just like children, elderly patients also have a different, yet specific set of dental needs. Filson Gentle Dentistry is your premiere family dentist in Stillwater, MN, and we understand the needs of our smallest patients as well as those of our more mature patients. Here are some of the oral health concerns our older patients may encounter, and tips for effectively managing them.
Dry mouth is generally caused by some of the medications that older patients may be taking for their health. This is one of the reasons why it's very important to keep your dentist up to date on any changes to your health or medications. It's an uncomfortable condition, but it also puts you at an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Humidifiers and moisturizing mouth rinses may be able to improve this condition.
Otherwise known as gum disease, periodontal disease strikes many older patients. It occurs when the tissues and bone that support your teeth become infected, and if left untreated, it can lead to tissue, bone and tooth loss. Regular dental visits are just as important for our older patients because we screen for issues such as tooth decay and gum disease at every checkup appointment. Your team at Filson Gentle Dentistry is well equipped to help you manage any stage of gum disease you may be experiencing, whether it's gingivitis (the early stage), or periodontitis, which is the more advanced stage when damage starts to occur.
Dentures and Partials
For some of our elderly patients who live with one or more missing teeth, daily activities such as eating, chewing, talking, and smiling may become challenging. At Filson Gentle Dentistry, we have a number of tooth replacement options available whether you're missing just a few, or most of your teeth. Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, while a partial denture is a great option for patients who still retain a large number of healthy teeth.
We welcome patients of all ages to Filson Gentle Dentistry, and we know you'll appreciate the differences you experience when you work with us. Call us today to learn more.