Many dental patients have specific oral care needs that differ from the general population. In addition to pediatric patients, elderly and disabled patients often require a specialized approach to care that’s customized specifically for their needs. Dr. Stoner is skilled in offering the types of care these patients need to ensure they look and feel great.
Dental Care for Seniors
Caring for elderly teeth poses a number of significant challenges. That’s because as we age, we can be at increased risk for several oral care problems, including:
- Dark teeth caused by age-related changes in the enamel and the dentin that lies beneath the enamel
- Dry mouth that occurs as the result of diseases or from certain medications or medical treatments (and which in turn can result in cavities)
- Root decay and gum disease, including receding gums, caused by disease, medications, dentures, smoking and other issues
- Diminished sense of taste due to disease, medications, denture wear and other factors
- Increased risk for diseases that can cause dental problems, such as diabetes
- Tooth loss
- Uneven jaw bone or bite issues when missing teeth are not replaced
- Oral candidiasis, or thrush, which can develop as the result of some immune-compromising drugs or medical treatments
- Stomatitis, or sore or inflamed mouth, which can occur as a result of wearing dentures, poor oral hygiene and other causes
Understanding the challenges associated with elderly dental care is the first step in ensuring you get the care you need. Dr. Stoner is experienced in providing comprehensive oral care for seniors, and can help you develop a plan of care that’s focused on your unique healthcare risks and needs.
Dental Care for Disabled Patients
As with senior dental care, patients with disabilities can often face significant challenges when it comes to keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Some disabilities can place a patient at greater risk for oral diseases or make caring for teeth and gums difficult. Patients with cleft palates, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities like Down syndrome all may be at increased risk for dental problems like tooth loss and gum disease. Dr. Stoner understands the risks and issues faced by disabled patients, and is equipped with the knowledge and technology to provide them with the care they need to stay healthy.
If you or a loved one has special oral care needs, our office is ready to help you get the best care possible. Call us today at (260) 484-4181 or schedule an appointment online.