It’s no secret that as we age we face more health complications. This is true for our oral health as well. Advanced age puts seniors at risk for developing various dental problems such as darkened teeth, dry mouth, lost sense of taste, gum disease, tooth loss, root decay, uneven bone structure, stomatitis brought on by dentures, and thrush.
We’re aware that many seniors, particularly those in senior living communities, have limited access to dental care. With mobile dentistry services like those from Drop-In Dental, oral care is more convenient and readily available to seniors in need.
At-home dental care is much more difficult for seniors who have physical or cognitive limitations. For example, dementia patients may completely forget about their oral hygiene or even how to brush their teeth. Physical limitations like painful arthritis in the hands also restrict a person’s ability to properly care for their teeth due to limited mobility.
Fortunately, there are several helpful tools and solutions that have been made specifically for seniors to alleviate their challenges.
Studies have shown that seniors are more likely to maintain their dental health and keep their teeth if they receive regular treatment and care. The best way to avoid dental problems and reduce the stress of dental care is through prevention. Preventive dentistry focuses on developing healthy oral habits at home combined with efforts from professional dental practices.
Mobile dentistry services are better equipped and more capable of providing onsite dental care to seniors in assisted living communities. We are able to assist with routine cleanings, x-rays, check-ups, broken dentures, fillings, and more.
Practicing proper oral hygiene at home is crucial to have a healthy smile, so while routine visits with a mobile dentist are necessary, so is daily oral maintenance. Seniors should practice the following to increase their chances of maintaining a healthy mouth:
One of the main hindrances faced by seniors in need of dental care is transportation. We understand how difficult it can be to find reliable, safe transportation for seniors to see their dentist, which is why Drop-In Dental was created. Mobile dentistry brings your dentist and their tools right to your location, not the other way around.
Our dental RV is equipped with a wheelchair lift and is made accessible to anyone in need of dental care—including seniors. Our providers can see seniors in a comfortable, safe environment right outside their residence. Contact us today to learn more about mobile dentistry services for your senior living community.