Dental care is important for patients of all ages. Maintaining a healthy and radiant smile is possible throughout your entire life. However, it is important to keep in mind that as we age, so do our teeth and as a result older patients may need extra care to ensure their oral health remains in good standing. At Polar Dental, we are committed to providing the best care available to all senior our patients. We offer treatment solutions for every oral health issue for seniors to guarantee that all our patients leave with a smile!
There are two main reasons why adults and seniors get cavities:
Gum Disease is a major oral health concern faced my many adults. Below we have listed a number of facts you should be aware of regarding gum disease. If you feel that you may have gum disease in any of its stages, contact your Toronto dentist to schedule an appointment.
Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining oral health at all ages. As you age, you may require dentures or dental implants which will need to be monitored by your dentist to ensure that they are functioning properly and causing no discomfort. Patients who take medications, may experience a lack of saliva flow resulting in dry mouth or gum tissue growth. Staining is also more common in adult patients. As the enamel wears away with age, the yellow colored dentin found underneath the enamel is enabled to show through. Stains are also more prevalent due to cracks in the weakening enamel's surface. Ask your Polar Dental professional about our teeth whitening options to find out how your can keep your smile at it's brightest.
Regular check-ups and good oral hygiene go hand in hand. However, it is imperative that you continue to care for your teeth at home on a regular basis by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist.
Brush your teeth and least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to brush well, but not too aggressively as you may do more harm than good. Regular and consistent brushing effectively fights off and removes plaque, the unseen culprit of decay and gum disease.
Flossing removes debris and bacteria in between teeth that is left behind by your toothbrush. By not flossing, patients are neglecting to clean 1/3 of their tooth's surface. Floss at least once a day. You can even floss while watching TV or listening to music. Remember, flossing is only important for the teeth you plan on keeping.
Patients with arthritis and other health conditions may find it difficult to properly grasp a brushing and flossingcomfortably. At Polar Dental, we are dedicated to ensuring your oral health and comfort in and outside of our office. Here we have provided a list of techniques you may find helpful:
With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your Polar Dental office, your teeth will last you a lifetime. However, if you do lose a tooth it may be replaced with an artificial restoration. Failure to replace missing teeth can cause further damage and the remaining teeth to shift out of place to fill the space. Once teeth are out of alignment they become more difficult to clean and are more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can also cause jaw problems. If you experience tooth loss, come visit your dentist to see which options are available for you.
Our governing College, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has advised dentists that they strongly recommend that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. Public safety is our number one concern. We need to put our patients’ interests and the safety of the community, first. Ontario has declared a state of emergency, and the Canadian government is strongly urging all Canadians to practice social distancing.
Dental hygiene services in a time of a "pandemic" are not considered emergency or essential services. Our College has advised that we postpone all appointments for Hygiene scaling/cleanings until further notice. We may however, be open for EMERGENCIES. We ask that you call one of our offices to schedule this, and to be pre-screened.
What is the definition of an essential service?
In dentistry, a “true emergency situation” includes oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here for you and want to help. Please call our offices to speak with one of our representatives who will be able to screen and advise you accordingly. CONSULTATIONS OVER THE PHONE will be available with the Doctor, if needed.
This strong recommendation to suspend non-essential services, is being followed in interest of the public, our patients and our Team. We all need to act in a socially responsible manner. The College will revisit this recommendation in the first week of April. We will continue to keep you up to date.
Stay safe, and healthy.
Drs. Jim Argyropoulos, Robert Polese, Ari Voudouris & Associates