Providing dental care to older adults, or senior citizens, involves preventing, identifying, and diagnosing dental problems. Many oral issues are associated with normal aging, which is why it is important to have a dentist who is aware of these issues and can provide appropriate treatment. In many cases, dentists who provide geriatric dentistry join with other healthcare professionals to ensure that senior citizens get the complete care they need. At Bray Dental, we are pleased to offer the unique services that many senior citizens require.
As our bodies age, many things begin to change, including our oral health. While age may make us more susceptible to oral issues and disease, our teeth can remain strong and our mouths healthy with proper oral care. The daily, simple tasks of brushing and flossing your teeth may become more difficult, but our dentist can help you find a way to still care for your teeth and maintain your oral health. Some of the recommendations that our dentist may suggest are:
- Use an ergonomic-handled or electric toothbrush, both of which require minimal movement while still allowing you to reach all areas of your mouth.
- Floss with a dispensable floss pick instead of wrapping the floss around your fingers.
- Use a toothpaste dispenser to easily hold the tube and extract the proper amount of toothpaste.
If you or a loved one are struggling with maintaining proper oral care due to age, we welcome you to visit our practice today. Dr. Bryce Bray and our team work with each patient individually to determine any issues and provide appropriate solutions. Come visit us today, or call our office at 218-681-3233 for more information about geriatric dentistry in Thief River Falls, Minnesota!