Good Oral Health: A Crucial Element of Healthy Aging
People now are living longer than ever, which of course is great news. But time and wear take its toll on your teeth, so it is normal to experience increased dental problems as you get older. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists estimates that as many as 23 million geriatric patients are missing all their teeth, and 12 million are missing all teeth in either an upper or lower arch.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
A white paper recently published by The Gerontological Society of America recognizes the inherent connection between our oral health and systemic health. The article focuses on the benefits of including the entire medical community – medicine, dentistry, and social work – in taking an age-specific approach to the needs of our senior citizens. A crucial part of this centers on educating older patients and encouraging good oral health practices.
As a senior, you have probably already had your share of dental work done. But as your teeth gradually break down, you will likely need additional restorative dental work like crowns, bridges, or dentures. The good news is that today’s dental restorations are made using such high-quality materials that your dental work can stay a secret between you and your dentist in Fairfax.
Please Call Us
If you are a senior citizen faced with problematic teeth and you aren’t quite sure what to do next, please call our office. We'll arrange a consultation with Dr. Cerina Fairfax who will be happy to discuss your needs and explain all your treatment options. Together we will develop a plan that you are comfortable with and that fits all your needs.
If you have concerns about finances, please call our office before you decide you can’t afford dental work. We offer several affordable options that enable you to get the care you need when you need it.