Dental health is a reflection of overall health, and this becomes especially true later in life. Seniors and the elderly frequently face oral diseases due to chronic conditions or poor habits earlier in life (such as smoking or poor diet). Common problems older patients face include root caries, gum disease, and missing teeth.
Dry mouth is a common exacerbating cause of many dental problems in older patients, as many common drugs for the treatment of blood pressure and other age-related conditions can cause dry mouth. Saliva not only helps you chew and swallow, it keeps your mouth clean too. Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely. Because dry mouth is more prevalent among the elderly, it’s especially important for seniors to have regular dental check-ups.
Vacendak Dentistry Caters to Those with Reduced Mobility
Unfortunately, some older patients find barriers to care in dental offices. Reduced mobility or the need to stay in a wheelchair can make getting in and out of a dental chair very difficult.
Here at Vacendak Dentistry, we are committed to serving patients at all stages of life. Our office is completely wheelchair accessible, and we are happy to do whatever we can to accommodate patients with mobility issues, regardless of age. If transfer from a wheelchair to the exam chair is unfeasible, we can handle the exam and cleaning while the patient is in their wheel chair.
Experience the Vacendak Difference today. Vacendak Dentistry’s convenient Chesapeake, Virginia location is just a short way from both the Kempsville and Greenbrier areas. Contact us online or call the office at 757-609-3510 to set up an initial dental consultation.