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Navigating Geriatric Dental Care: 5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Dentist Atlanta, GA
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As we age, our dental care needs evolve, making it essential to address specific concerns that affect our oral health during the golden years. Geriatric patients face unique dental challenges, from managing age-related tooth wear to combating dry mouth caused by medications. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta, we understand the importance of tailored dental care for our senior patients. To help you navigate your dental health journey, here are five vital questions you should consider asking your dentist if you are a geriatric patient.

1. How Can I Manage Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common issue among older adults, often exacerbated by medications or health conditions. It’s more than just uncomfortable—it can significantly increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease due to reduced saliva flow. Ask Dr. Suway for advice on managing dry mouth, including recommendations for saliva substitutes, hydration tips, and specific oral hygiene products designed to alleviate this condition.

2. What Can Be Done About Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can become more pronounced with age, as gums recede and the protective enamel wears down. If you’re experiencing discomfort with hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks, discuss with Dr. Suway the possible causes and treatments. Solutions may range from fluoride applications to protect exposed roots, to restorative procedures that address the underlying issues causing sensitivity.

3. Are There Specific Oral Health Concerns I Should Be Aware Of?

With age, the risk for certain oral health conditions, such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss, increases. Inquire about your specific risk factors and the signs and symptoms you should watch for. Dr. Suway can provide personalized advice on prevention strategies and suggest more frequent dental screenings if necessary.

4. How Can I Enhance the Functionality of My Dentures or Consider Alternatives?

For those who wear dentures, comfort and functionality are paramount. If your dentures are loose, uncomfortable, or causing sores, ask Dr. Suway about adjustments, relining, or the possibility of transitioning to more permanent solutions like dental implants or implant-supported dentures. These options can offer improved stability, aesthetics, and overall satisfaction with your dental prosthetics.

5. What Are the Best Practices for Oral Hygiene as I Age?

Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is crucial at any age but may require adjustments as you grow older. Discuss with Dr. Suway any challenges you face in your daily oral care routine, such as difficulty brushing or flossing due to arthritis. He can recommend tools like electric toothbrushes or water flossers that make oral hygiene easier, as well as provide tips on effective cleaning techniques tailored to your needs.

Empowering Your Golden Years with Informed Dental Care

At the dental practice of Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta, we are dedicated to empowering our geriatric patients with the knowledge and resources they need to maintain optimal oral health. By asking the right questions, you can play an active role in your dental care, ensuring that your specific needs are addressed, and your oral health supports your overall well-being as you age.

Remember, it’s never too late to prioritize your dental health. Whether you’re managing existing dental issues or seeking preventive care, Dr. Suway and his team are here to provide compassionate, comprehensive dental services tailored to the unique needs of older adults. Schedule your appointment today and take the next step toward a healthier, more vibrant smile in your golden years.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Wayne G. Suway

1820 The Exchange SE, #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752

FAX: (770) 953-6470

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