In recent years, the demographic of older adults in the UK is growing and life expectancy is on the rise due to various medical and technological advancements. Although better compared to previous decades, the oral health of ageing patients can be compromised by various health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and other physiological changes related to ageing.
At Healthy Smile Centre, we appreciate that elderly patients may experience physical and cognitive problems that prevent them from performing a diligent oral care hygiene and we are here to help them. Our dentist in Alexandria welcomes senior patients and will do their best to provide optimum oral care.
Is ageing a problem?
The health status of people over 60 is variable – some people are completely independent, while others depend on carers and/or are cognitive impaired. In any case, your oral health is really important because it is directly related to your general health and wellbeing. If you are incapable of taking care of your own teeth, your dentist in Alexandria will co-operate with your carer and will create a personalised plan for you. Depending on your problems and the way they affect your oral health, you may have to visit your dentist in Alexandria more frequently.
Health conditions and your oral health
People over 60 are more likely suffer from conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, ageing can cause changes to the gastrointestinal system as well as respiratory and immune problems, which can all affect oral health. According to the ADA, there is increasing evidence that there is a correlation between diabetes and gum disease. At the same time, some of these conditions may have an effect on treatment effectiveness. If you suffer from one of these conditions, you are advised to let your dentist in Alexandria know in advance so that they can create a personalised treatment plan for you.
Your oral health is important
Just because you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that you should stop caring for your teeth. Your teeth and gums are responsible for a number of important bodily functions and keeping them healthy and disease-free with the help of your dentist in Alexandria is really important.
All treatment carries risk. Individual consultation is required with one of your practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.