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Comprehensive Oral Health for Austin Seniors

Our office takes pride in providing friendly and compassionate dental care to seniors across the Austin area. We understand the unique challenges that seniors face when trying to rejuvenate and maintain their oral health. The Lakeway team has a wealth of experience treating senior and elderly dental patients. Our senior dental services and procedures are designed to address everything from healthy brushing routines and denture care, to oral cancer screenings and dental surgery.

Get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today, to get started on a new chapter of oral health for you or a loved one.

Dental Risks for Seniors

Safe and Effective Elderly Dental Care

Our experienced team is well versed in the potential hazards and pitfalls for treating senior and elderly dental patients. Many seniors take a large variety of medications for other conditions, which can cause complications when trying to administer oral care. According to a 2012 CDC study, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 39% of people aged 65 years and older reported using five or more prescription drugs, while ninety percent of people 65 years of age and older, reported using one or more prescription drugs in the prior 30 days.

Many elderly patients experience an increased sensitivity to drugs and local anesthetics or analgesics. Our team at Lakeway will work to ensure that we know what medications our patients are taking and how they may affect our treatments.

Xerostomia

How Dry Mouth Affects Elderly Patients

Dry Mouth has been shown to affect about 30% of patients older than 65 years and up to 40% of patients older than 80 years. One of the main causes of xerostomia is from medications. Dry mouth is common with many older patients, however it is most likely to happen with patients that take four or more medications daily. Xerostomia can cause ailments like cracked lips, caries, mucositis, and fissured tongue.

Our elderly dental care experts advise staying hydrated and drinking small sips of water throughout the day to help avoid dry mouth and related conditions. If you or an elderly loved one is suffering from dry mouth or any of the related ailments, please get in touch with us and we can help guide you to comprehensive senior oral health.

The Dangers of Improper Denture Usage

Many seniors require the use of dentures, making proper denture care crucial to maintaining late-life oral health. Below are some of the issues that can be the result of improper denture care:

  • Loss of taste – Dentures that cover the upper palate can impair taste and smell
  • Gum Disease – Dentures that are not routinely cleaned can harbor dangerous bacteria that lead to gum disease
  • Uneven Jawbone – Failure to replace missing teeth allows your other teeth to shift and drift into open spaces
  • Stomatitis – Improperly fitting dentures can cause a buildup of fungus that results in denture-induced stomatitis. This condition causes the mouth to become sore, inflamed and can even affect the ability to talk, sleep and eat

If you or a loved one are suffering from one of these conditions or want to know more about how to properly care for dentures, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Affordable Dentist for Seniors in Austin, TX

Dental Insurance Info for Seniors

Proper dental care for seniors can become an issue when elderly patients are living on a fixed income. Government programs like Medicaid and Medicare are not guaranteed to cover dental expenses. Coverage can vary depending on the state and the level of plans. In some situations, these programs will only provide coverage if there is a dental emergency. Our staff can help you navigate the complexities of dental insurance, ensuring that our patients’ benefits and rights are safeguarded.

We also accept PPO dental insurance plans from companies such as:

  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Humana

Affordable In-House Dental Plans for Seniors

One of the ways that we work to meet the needs of our elderly dental patients is through our in-house dental insurance plans. We have dental plans that can be worked into a fixed budget and that provide crucial preventative and restorative treatments. Keeping a regular oral health routine is crucial to maintaining elderly dental health. Our affordable in-house plans are a great solution for Austin seniors that are looking to build or supplement that routine.

Dental Payment Plans and Financing That Work on a Fixed Income

For elderly dental patients on a fixed income, our financing options from Care Credit and Lending Club Financial can be a great solution for paying dental expenses. Often, these financing plans will offer reduced or no interest, if the plans are paid off in a certain period of time.

Don’t let the cost of dental services stop you or a loved one from getting proper dental treatments. Small dental issues can turn into big problems and expenses if they aren’t treated in a timely manner, especially for elderly patients. Speak to our knowledgeable and friendly team today to find out how we can help you find a balance between your budget and a healthy smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Elderly Dental Care

What is the proper way to care for dentures?

Proper denture care is extremely important for elderly oral health. Be sure to treat your dentures with cleaning solutions that are specifically designed for dentures. Using toothpaste or other cleaners can damage your dentures. Not cleaning your dentures can allow dangerous bacteria to accumulate. These biofilms can lead to everything from irritated gums, to serious infections.

What are some tips to remember to brush and floss?

Create an oral hygiene routine and stick to it. Consistent repetition will ensure that brushing and flossing become a habit. You can create a comprehensive plan that involves always brushing after eating or setting alarms on your phone or clock.

How does diabetes affect oral health for seniors?

Periodontal disease has been shown to affect blood sugar levels, creating additional issues for seniors suffering from diabetes and poor oral health. Elderly patients suffering from diabetes should take extra caution to properly manage their oral health and not create complications between the two ailments.

What are darkened teeth?

Darkened teeth is a common problem for seniors and elderly dental patients. Over time, dentin (the bone-like tissue underneath enamel) changes, often becoming dark and yellow. Food and drinks that stain teeth can accelerate this process and a lifetime can lead to noticeably darkened teeth.

Why can’t I taste food?

There are a number of reasons that could cause a diminished or lost sense of taste. For elderly dental patients, advancing age and deteriorating oral health are a common cause. Diseases, medications and dentures have been shown to negatively affect sense of taste.

Elderly Dental Care in Austin, TX

Now that you know a little more about how we treat senior dental patients in Austin, get in touch with our friendly and helpful team to get started on crafting a dental care plan that works for you and your budget. Oral health is an important building block for overall senior health and we want to work with you to create a healthy lifestyle and great smile!

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