Senior Dental Care Specialist

Glad Dental P.C.

Dentists located in Bronx, NY

As you get older, your dental needs change. To get the most out of your dental care, you want to make sure that you’re visiting a dentist that’s skilled in addressing the needs of older patients. The dedicated providers at Glad Dental P.C. in the Bronx, New York, are experts in senior dental care and provide exceptional services that are custom-tailored to the unique needs of their older patients. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment with the online tool.

Senior Dental Care Q & A

What is senior dental care?

Senior dental care is geared towards the unique dental needs of senior citizens. Some dental conditions become more prevalent in older populations, and the experienced senior dental specialists at Glad Dental P.C. are highly skilled in addressing those issues. 

What are some common dental problems for seniors?

Some of the most common issues that are addressed in senior dental care include:

Gum disease

While gum disease can happen at any age, seniors can be at a higher risk of developing it due to poor-fitting bridges and dentures or certain diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and anemia. 

Tooth loss

Tooth loss can happen for a number of reasons, and the older your teeth are, the more susceptible you are to losing your teeth. 

Darkened teeth

While a darkened tooth could be indicative of a dental issue like infection, it’s also sometimes a purely cosmetic issue that comes about as your teeth age. 

Root Decay

Root decay happens when your tooth root is exposed to decay-causing acids, typically a result of gum recession that exposes your tooth root. 

Uneven jawbone

An uneven jawbone can develop when you don’t replace missing teeth. Your remaining teeth shift out of alignment as they move towards the empty space, leaving your overall bite to fall out of alignment as well.

Thrush

Thrush is an overgrowth in your mouth of a fungus, triggered by diseases or drugs that impact your immune system.

Diminished sense of taste

Senior patients can sometimes lose the intensity of their taste. While this is typically just a natural effect of aging, it can also be caused by certain diseases, medications, or dentures.

Denture-induced stomatitis

This is an inflammation of the tissue beneath your dentures, and can be caused by a buildup of the fungus, poor dental hygiene, or simply poorly fitting dentures.

What can I expect during my senior dental care visit?

During your senior dental care visit, your Glad Dental P.C. dentist conducts an oral exam to assess your mouth and smile. The team makes sure to note the health of your:

  • Face and neck
  • Bite
  • Jaw
  • Lymph nodes and salivary glands
  • Inner cheeks
  • Tongue and interior surfaces of your mouth
  • Teeth 

If you wear dentures, your dentist also pays particular attention to any common problem areas for denture patients and will examine the dentures themselves to ensure that they’re functioning properly.

Keep your smile healthy by calling the office or booking an appointment online for senior dental care at Glad Dental P.C.