Dental Care for Seniors

As we age, a variety of factors begin to affect our oral health. These factors can range from arthritis and certain medications to missing teeth which need to be replaced. Dr. Art Carpenter offers dental care for seniors at our practice in Kenilworth, IL. We can tailor our services to your unique needs to restore and defend your oral health. Our team can also give you recommendations on ways to adjust your oral hygiene routine at home to protect your smile between visits.

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From treatment for dry mouth to replacing missing teeth, we provide tailored care to meet the unique needs of our senior patients. 

Seniors Face Unique Risks

Advancing age can make you vulnerable to a range of oral health concerns, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Root decay
  • Darkened teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Loss of taste
  • Uneven jawbone
  • Tooth sensitivity

Seniors have a higher risk of developing gum disease, which can result from poor oral hygiene, improper diet, and diseases such as diabetes. Older patients are also more likely to develop thrush, a fungal disease which can cause ulcers and other sores to appear throughout your mouth. 

Medications and Other Causes

Many of these issues are not necessarily caused by age, but rather by associated medical conditions. Arthritis, for example, can make brushing and flossing more difficult or even impossible. In addition, a wide range of medications can affect your oral health, causing dry mouth, gum recession, and other concerns. 

Senior Dental Exams

When you come into our office for an appointment, Dr. Carpenter will take your medical history and perform a comprehensive dental exam. Be prepared to answer questions about your dental history, as well as the medications you take and other medical conditions. 

It is important to discuss your medical history with Dr. Carpenter during your appointment to ensure they understand your unique background.

During the exam, Dr. Carpenter will thoroughly check your teeth, gums, tongue, and other surfaces inside your mouth, as well as your face and neck. If you wear dentures or another dental appliance, the doctor will examine the device and check for any resulting irritation. Ill-fitting restorations can cause and exacerbate issues such as thinning gum tissue, so it is important to schedule regular exams for this reason alone.

Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene between Visits

It is very important to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, especially for patients who deal with issues such as gum disease and other chronic conditions. 

We recommend:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day
  • Taking proper care of dental appliances, such as dentures
  • Scheduling regular cleanings and exams

There are a variety of techniques which can assist with oral hygiene for those with reduced dexterity. If you struggle with brushing or flossing, for example, ask our team about ways to make the process easier.

Keep an Eye out for Warning Signs

There are certain warning signs you can look out for which indicate you may need to make an appointment.

These include:

  • Dental sensitivity
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Sores or bumps in your mouth
  • Swelling
  • Popping or clicking in your jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty quenching your thirst
  • Problems chewing or swallowing

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, notify our team so you can receive the prompt treatment you need. 

Keep Your Smile Healthy

Your oral health is closely connected to your overall health. Learn more about our specialized dental services for seniors by contacting our team online or calling (847) 251-5004 today. 

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Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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