Aged & Geriatric Care

Geriatric Dental Care

Our dental needs change throughout life and Helix Dentistry will provide treatments tailored for your age, designed to help you retain your natural teeth and your dental health.

Which factors may affect my dental health as I age?

Many people need to take prescription medications or will require medical treatments as they get older and these can have side effects that include diminished taste and dry mouth, where saliva flow is reduced. Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is a common problem as your mouth needs saliva to remain comfortable and maintain healthy teeth. Without it, it can be more difficult to eat and the risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease increases. People who wear dentures may also face problems as the jawbone gradually changes shape after tooth loss, affecting the fit and comfort of removable dentures. Arthritis sufferers can find it trickier to brush and floss, which increases the risk of dental disease.

How can Helix Dentistry help me?

Our dentist can examine your mouth and will discuss your general health and how this could be affecting your dental health. If you do have dry mouth, we can prescribe artificial saliva and will suggest ways to manage this problem. Ill-fitting dentures can be adjusted or remade, or we can discuss your suitability for implant-supported dentures. We will also work with you to help you overcome any dexterity problems by suggesting alternative ways to brush and floss more effectively.

Getting older doesn’t have to result in poorer oral health, so let us help you maintain a healthy smile.

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