Proper oral hygiene and dental care is important for people of all ages, but it is a key element of staying healthy for seniors. Gum disease and other oral health issues have been linked to heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. They can also make older people more susceptible to pneumonia.
At Pearl White Dentistry, we are happy to provide senior dental care in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area. Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski is an experienced and accomplished dentist who has been helping people stay healthy and brighten their smiles for more than 15 years. Our top-notch service speaks for itself: Pearl White patients often rave about their experience with Dr. Natalia and her staff of dental professionals.
We are pleased to offer a wide range of services, from routine checkups and cleanings to restorative dentistry and emergency dental work. We take the time to understand our patients’ unique individual goals and needs.
There are a number of things that seniors and others can do to maintain their general dental health and ward off cavities, gum disease and other serious problems. That includes:
Prevention also starts with regular checkups and cleanings that are designed to ensure that everything in your mouth is in good working order. At Pearl White, we offer preventive services to patients seeking senior dental care in Fort Lauderdale.
We generally recommend that seniors come in for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. In some situations, however, it may be necessary to have a dentist take a look more frequently. That includes people who are at risk for gum disease and other issues, like smokers, people who are prone to plaque buildup and cavities, and those who have already undergone advanced treatments like root canals and crown placements.
Preventive dental work is particularly important for catching and treating gum disease early. Periodontitis – which often starts as swollen or bleeding gums and can eventually lead to serious, life-threatening consequences – is easier to treat the earlier you start. That is why it is important to see a dentist on a regular basis.
We also provide a wide range of restorative dental services for seniors meant to strengthen and rebuild teeth to brighten smiles by using advanced technology. This includes:
Some people just cannot shake the feeling of anxiousness or anxiety that comes with a trip to the dentist, even when it is for relatively routine purposes. Local anesthesia is highly effective in eliminating pain, but it may not do the trick when it comes to a more general sense of uneasiness.
We offer sedation dentistry to help ease that anxiety and make your treatment a comfortable experience. There are a number of options, including ingesting an oral sedative shortly before your appointment or using nitrous oxide - laughing gas - to alleviate anxiety. Oral sedatives usually take longer to wear off than laughing gas, so it is important to keep that in mind when discussing sedative options with your dentist. Seniors face certain risks with sedation dentistry, but we’ll take the time to discuss the options that are best for you.
At Pearl White Dentistry, we are committed to offering senior dental care in Fort Lauderdale that is safe and comfortable. Do not let apprehension about a trip to the dentist stop you from getting appropriate dental care.
We are also pleased to be ready to help in the event of a dental emergency. It is vital to act quickly in an actual emergency – like an abscessed or broken crown – because getting treatment early can be key to saving your tooth.
Is it an emergency? When in doubt, it is a good idea to reach out to a dentist. If you have broken teeth or crowns, are bleeding from your mouth or are experiencing persistent pain, you should seek urgent care.
There are a few things that anyone experiencing a dental emergency should do to address the situation. That includes applying continuous pressure to try to stop any bleeding. If bleeding persists for 10 minutes while applying the pressure, you should go to an emergency room for immediate treatment. If you do not need to go to the emergency room, you can take over-the-counter medication to reduce pain and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
If you are looking for senior dental care in Fort Lauderdale, contact Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski and her team at Pearl White Dentistry. We are experienced dental professionals who are dedicated to assisting our patients and brightening their smiles. We work with a wide range of insurance plans and are happy to discuss various patient financing options.
Contact us online, call us at (954) 491-8812 or email us to schedule an appointment with a dentist at our practice today.