How House Call Dentistry Can Help Your Aging Loved One
By 2050 the rate of edentulism is projected to slow to a mere 2.6% of the population being edentulous, or without teeth, according to the International & American Associations for Dental Research. This presents a significant impact on home dental care for seniors. It directly necessitates more prevalent preventive dental care for elderly.
But why a need for home dental care for seniors?
- Some elderly have difficulty traveling.
Many elderly are confined to a wheelchair, presenting greater difficulties in traveling. However, the difficulty of wheelchair transportation is not the only challenge facing the aging population. Some individuals must have oxygen, monitors or IV’s on them at all times. This also makes travel to and from a dental office challenging. Take into account those seniors that live in a large metropolis with limited parking, long walks, and crowded public transit systems and the travel becomes ten times harder.
- Some elderly cannot afford the extensive costs associated with their travel.
Directly related to the previous point, those that need various medical equipment and constant medical attention may find that the cost of traveling to a dental office is actually much higher than the cost of receiving dental care at home. Some must pay for a nurse to be present at all times during the travel, as well as possible special transportation or equipment.
- Some elderly are not mentally prepared for the anxiety of a dental visit.
As aging individuals’ experiences become limited to only necessary activities within the home, their emotional grid for handling various experiences becomes limited as well. Something that would have presented itself as a simple task 20 years ago, suddenly becomes anxiety ridden. Some elderly even have physiological conditions, such as dementia, that demand no delineation from routine or else severe anxiety and behavioral issues will occur.
To see one dentist’s approach to dementia patients watch this short video:
Finding home dental care for seniors from a geriatric house call dentist provides convenience, savings, and peace of mind. Dr. Alisa Kauffman of Geriatric House Call Dentistry has been providing quality dental care for her aging patients for over 30 years. Contact us for more information concerning our dental care senior citizens love and trust.
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