Mobile Dental Care Patient FAQs – Fort Worth, TX
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Are you curious about the unique service that we provide? Would you like to learn more about how your loved one’s oral health can be improved? Our team at LifeCycle Dental is always here to address any concerns you or your family member has. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we get, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, always feel free to call us.
What oral health problems do elderly patients face?
Elderly patients have a higher risk of several common oral health conditions, including cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Issues with mobility and dimentia can make oral hygiene more difficult, and those with diabetes have a higher chance of developing oral health problems as well.
Why is it important to get teeth replaced?
A full and functional set of teeth is crucial because it is necessary for someone to be able to speak clearly and eat a nutritious diet. Plus, gaps in the mouth increase a person's risk of gum disease and future tooth loss.
How can Alzheimer’s affect oral health?
In a study published in 2020, it was shown that the oral health of elderly people who have Alzheimer’s is typically worse than those without it. They are at a higher risk of developing tooth infections, orofacial pain, and gum disease. This can be for a variety of reasons, including forgetting to brush and floss on a daily basis, and if they live in a long-term care facility without access to a dentist, small oral issues can easily progress into larger ones.
How can seniors improve their oral health?
- The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for two minutes each and flossed at least once. This includes prosthetic teeth like dentures or dental implants.
- A senior should receive a professional checkup and cleaning at least twice and up to four times each year.
- Dental care should be sought out at the earliest sign of an oral issue (pain, sensitivity, etc.)
- A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low on items with added sugar can lower the risk of cavities.
- All caretakers should be aware of a senior's medications and how they affect their mouth.
Are dentures comfortable to wear?
We offer customized full and partial dentures that are made to fit each patient's unique oral structure, ensuring they comfortable during both eating and speaking.
Should seniors be worried about gum disease?
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems for people in long-term care facilities. When it’s not properly treated, it can lead to permanent oral damage, like tooth loss, as well as increase the risk for overall health conditions like cardiovascular disease.