Aging and Dental Health: The Importance of Geriatric Dentistry

It is important for people of all ages to take care of their oral health. As we get older a lot of us think that we are destined to have bad oral health and tooth loss, which is not true; it is equally essential for the elderly population to seek dental health care.

Individuals who are 65 years of age or older are at an increased risk for developing a number of oral health problems. Those oral health problems include dry mouth, tooth loss, gum disease, root and tooth decay.

By receiving geriatric dental health care, a person can prevent or eliminate the progression of certain oral diseases and can stave off certain illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. With proper dental care, an aging person can have a healthy mouth and teeth that help them feel, speak and eat with confidence.

If you are 65 or older and want to take charge of your dental health, call Dr. Dana Walters at 614-771-5960 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Walters is a Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio dentist who is specially trained in geriatric dentistry.