As our population ages, for seniors the focus is usually not as much on appearance or cosmetic dentistry, but on dentistry related to overall health and longevity.
Consistently, I have witnessed senior patients with broken teeth (with accompanying infections), swollen gums, as well as one or usually multiple missing teeth.
Dental infections can spread through the bloodstream and the lymphatic system, causing pain, and taxing the immune system. Infections and missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew food depriving the senior of much needed nutrition. These patients commonly have digestive system problems and nutritional deficiencies (vitamins, minerals, and proteins).
At Eastern Canyon Dental we are trained to discover and make suggestions on how to help seniors to achieve better oral and general health.
My training allows me to show patients to stay out of the dental chair especially the emergency chair. For those patients that come into my office with health concerns, I coordinate dental care with the patients treating medical providers to ensure all health concerns are addressed prior to the patient receiving dental care.