The Secret Power Hiding Behind At-Home Dental Care

Why At-Home Dental Care is so Important, Especially for Seniors


At Home Dental CareAs we age, we may find it more and more difficult to do certain daily tasks. What was once an autonomous routine can become something burdensome and laborious. That’s certainly ringing true for the aging community. Getting out to the grocery store, doctor or dentist may prove to be an exhausting venture. Add to that, physical or mental limitations, and they may be facing an impossible feat. They may need extra help in their daily routines–and stay on top of their health.

That’s why it’s important to understand that at home dental care plays a vital role in their overall wellbeing.

At Home Dental Care for Seniors

Senior dental care at home is not as cumbersome for some as it is for others. Regardless of their ability or mobility, it’s important for them to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Even though they may not want to, you can help them by making sure they:

  • Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
  • Remember to clean dentures on a daily basis. Take them out of the mouth for at least four hours every day. It’s best to remove them at night.
  • Visiting the dentist on a regular schedule for cleaning and an oral exam

It’s the last one that can present a challenge for seniors who are homebound or confined to a senior care facility. As we said before, getting older, more vulnerable senior to the dentist may be impossible. That’s why Dr. Alisa Kauffman of Geriatric House Call Dentistry brings in-home geriatric dental care to them. There’s an undeniable call for house call dentists to provide at home dental care for those who cannot care for themselves. With the American Dental Association recommending that patients see their dentist about twice a year, the need is great for those who cannot leave their home.

The Importance of House Call Dentistry

At home dental care is not only important, it’s crucial to the overall health of the aging patient.

Oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, and taking care of elderly teeth and gums is just as important as digestive or heart health. In fact, it can directly affect it. According to The Mayo Clinic, your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

  • Endocarditis. An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in the heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes.
  • Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and brittle, might be linked to periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer’s. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Those problems can be greatly reduced or alleviated by having proper oral hygiene practices in place. If they can’t do it on their own, and you’re finding yourself in a position where you need help helping an aging, vulnerable patient, Dr. Kauffman would be thrilled to discuss your concerns. She’s been living in her calling for years, and she’s passionate about making a difference in the lives of the marginalized senior community.

Give her a call today at (917) 826-6278 to schedule a consultation.

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Top Notch Dental Care for Seniors

Dental Care for the Aging Population at Home


Dental Care For SeniorsSometimes it’s difficult to tell if your aging loved one is getting enough of everything they need, be it food or drink, warmth, comfort–anything, really–because they may be unable to tell you. If you find yourself in the position of caregiver for a beloved vulnerable senior, you may be unsure of how to properly care for all of their needs. That includes dental care for seniors. It’s important to understand, that although you may feel like it, you are not alone in having to figure out how to get the best dental help for vulnerable older patients.

Dental Care for Seniors

The American Dental Association recommends having a dental checkup at least twice a year, but for a surprising number of senior Americans, that simply isn’t possible due to the fact that they are homebound or bed-bound in a senior care facility. Dental care for senior citizens is vital to their overall health. It’s crucial for them to get the dental upkeep they need for maintaining oral health. If they can’t help themselves, then they need someone to:

  • Help them brush and floss daily
  • Make sure they are getting regular dental check-ups
  • Watch their food intake, making sure they are eating healthy foods that will benefit not only their oral health but their overall health, especially if they wear dentures.

Dental Help for Vulnerable Older Patients

These daily oral care tasks may be impossible for them, and very difficult for you to help them, especially if they are uncooperative due to fear or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Geriatric House Call Dentistry is your advocate when it comes to senior dental care. Dr. Alisa Kauffman of Geriatric House call Dentistry is in your corner–and at their bedside––bringing with her the highest level of compassion, expertise, and experience you would want in dental care for seniors. With her knowledge and decades of experience, Dr. Kauffman offers your aging one loved the care they deserve.

Dr. Kauffman not only offers routine dental check-ups but an impressive list of services including:

  • Emergency visits
  • Second opinions
  • Exams
  • Scaling (to remove hard calculus)
  • Small fillings
  • Extractions
  • Bridge or Crown repair
  • Denture (full or partial) repair, realignment, or replacement
  • Educating aides or home care assistants or family on home dental care

Providing adequate dental care for the aging, vulnerable community is Dr. Kauffman’s life calling. She cares deeply for her elderly patients and her passion for what she does shows through her work. The heartbeat of her practice is to make a difference in the life of her patients. Her trustworthiness and tender, gentle way with this community is unparalleled. It’s no wonder that Dr. Kauffman has been named one of the country’s top 25 dentists! You can see why here.
If you have been looking for excellent dental care for seniors, your search can end in the capable hands of Dr. Kauffman. Give her a call today at (917)826-6278 to schedule a consultation. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you and your aging loved one have a qualified, highly trained, compassionate expert in your corner.

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If you or someone you love is in need of in home dental care, Geriatric House Call Dentistry can help.  Working with families, caretakers, and physicians, we aim to provide the best possible care for our older patients.  Contact us today to learn more about house call dentistry or to schedule an appointment.

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