Dr. Toni Sartini and her team are passionate about caring for our older patients. We are pleased to provide geriatric dentistry in Palmyra, Indiana, to help you age gracefully while enjoying a full, active lifestyle. Our geriatric care is designed to help you preserve your oral health, so you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.
When you visit our office for your regular dental appointments, we will perform a complete examination of your mouth, including checking your bite, joints, teeth, gums, and soft tissues. If you have tooth replacements such as dentures, we will also check the condition of your appliance and make any suggestions we feel necessary to ensure that it continues to function properly, and that you can continue enjoying optimal dental health as you age.
There are a number of issues that you may face as you age, including:
- Discolored teeth – teeth naturally darken over time and can become stained due to certain beverages and medications. Dr. Sartini can discuss our teeth whitening options with you.
- Dry mouth – dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications. You can minimize dry mouth by drinking plenty of water, brushing frequently, and chewing sugarless gum, keeping sugarless candies containing Xylitol in your mouth and using topical fluoride products. Dr. Sartini likes Xylimelts.
- Gum disease – gum disease has been linked to many systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. We will check for gum disease during your routine exams to diagnose and begin any necessary treatment.
- Tooth decay – older adults tend to develop more cavities on their root surfaces due to receding gums and dry mouth, making it vital for you to visit us regularly, and to maintain a good dental hygiene routine at home. Dr. Sartini recommends her senior patients use an Oral-B electric toothbrush due to the loss of dexterity as we age. The electric toothbrush provides a more thorough cleaning.
- Tooth loss – Studies by the Mayo Clinic state that people with a healthy dentition live approximately ten years longer. Tooth loss does result in bone degeneration, sagging facial muscles, and dietary restrictions, and misalignment of remaining teeth. Dr. Sartini can help you regain a healthy smile with dentures, implant restorations, and other restorative solutions. She is trained in implant-supported dentures as well.
To learn more about geriatric dentistry, and to set up your appointment at the office of Toni Sartini, please call us at (812) 364-4183.