Dental Exams for Seniors
Dental exams allow your dentist to check for dental problems and treat them early before they cause discomfort or irreversible damage. Patients who are over 65 are particularly vulnerable to the cumulative effects of wear and decay. According to the American Dental Association, seniors are more likely to suffer from dry mouth, cavities, and gum disease.
Depending on your oral health needs, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey may recommend that you visit our practice twice a year or more. At the Smile Center, we offer dental exams for seniors to patients from Virginia Beach, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk, VA, and surrounding areas.
Benefits of Dental Exams for Patients Over 65
Geriatric individuals are at higher risk for a wide range of dental problems. Many older adults have dry mouth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people aged 65 and over have one or more untreated cavities. Untreated decay can lead to a root canal infection.
Dental exams can prevent the need for tooth extraction because dentists can address dental problems before they progress.
Most dental exams and cleanings can be completed in under one hour. If you are 65 or older and have not had a dental exam within six months, you are missing out on important preventative care.
What to Expect during Your Exam
Dental exams for seniors are similar to exams for patients of all ages. One difference is that seniors often suffer from age-related conditions. Your exam may include x-rays, a CT scan, an assessment of the health of your periodontal tissues, and more to check for oral health problems that commonly affect seniors.
Dental exams are often scheduled during your regular dental cleaning for your convenience. We will ask if you have experienced any symptoms that could be cause for concern.
During your exam, we will be looking for signs of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
- Dry mouth
- Worn enamel
- Chips and cracks
- Broken or maladjusted prosthetics
By scheduling regular visits to our dental practice, we can gain a better understanding of your unique oral health needs.
Tips for Maintaining Your Oral Health
Maintaining your oral health during your golden years requires brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist regularly. As we age, our tooth enamel tends to become thinner, which can leave the teeth vulnerable to decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and optimal oral-systemic health can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
Schedule Your Dental Exam Today
Dental care for seniors is important. Age-related dental problems can’t always be prevented, but they can often be maintained and treated through regular visits to our dental practice.
During your exam, we will take the time to listen to you and answer your questions. You will always be informed on every step of your cleaning and exam, as well as all aspects of your procedure. To schedule your dental exam, please contact our office online or call (757) 241-8012.