Do Seniors Require Special Dental Care?
Advanced age is a risk factor for many dental problems, so it’s not surprising that seniors have unique oral health needs. To help our valued seniors treat and prevent potentially serious dental problems, Dr. Michael Bixby offers senior dental care for older adults in Red Bank, NJ, Monmouth County, and throughout New Jersey. In most cases, regular dental cleanings and exams can allow Dr. Bixby to screen for issues that are common among this group. If early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health conditions are found, Dr. Bixby can treat those concerns using affordable and minimally invasive treatments. Our dentist has 20 years of experience and will work closely with you to develop a personally tailored plan, regardless of your unique needs.
What Makes Senior Dental Care So Important?
Senior dental care has the potential to save our patients time and money by preventing dental problems or treating them early before they require extensive and potentially costly treatment at our office. Patients who are 65 and over are at increased risk for a wide range of age-related dental problems due to lifestyle factors, daily wear and tear on the teeth, and more.
The cumulative effects of wear on enamel leave teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay. Once teeth fully develop, they cannot heal on their own. More than 90 percent of seniors have one or more cavities, according to the National Institutes of Health. Enamel wear is also a factor that leads to teeth appearing yellowish in color.
Medication Side Effects
Medications are another factor. Seniors are more likely to take medications that can cause dry mouth (xerostomia). Dry mouth results from inhibited saliva production. Most seniors who have dry mouth are aware of the sensation of having a mouth that does not feel properly lubricated. Saliva performs an important function by balancing the pH levels in your mouth and washing away bacteria.
During your visit to our practice, let Dr. Bixby know if you periodically or frequently experience dry mouth symptoms. He can recommend new habits that can reduce your symptoms. Some patients can benefit from asking their primary care doctor for an alternative medication.
Misfitting Restorations or Prosthetics
A loss, worn, or misfitting prosthetic can lead to jaw pain and other problems. Poor-fitting bridges and dentures are also a common cause of gum disease among senior patients. To ensure that your jaw alignment is not suffering from poorly fitting restorations, Dr. Bixby will check the stability of any fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures that you may have.
Dr. Bixby has 20 years of experience and can treat concerns that are common among seniors using affordable and minimally invasive treatments.
No prosthetic lasts forever. If your prosthetic is no longer functioning properly, Dr. Bixby may recommend that you replace your crown, bridge, or denture before it causes serious dental problems.
Insurance and Financing
To ensure that these restorative procedures are affordable, Dr. Bixby works with many insurance plans (preferred providers for Delta Dental and Aetna) and also accepts all major credit cards and personal checks. A member of our dental team will be glad to let you know about our financing plans. As a courtesy to our valued patients, we also offer payment plans.