Dentistry for Senior Adults

Dr. David Wilhite has over 30 years of experience providing dental care to senior adults over the age of 60.  As we age, our oral health needs evolve, and certain dental issues become more prevalent. At Wilhite Dental, we understand the unique challenges faced by senior citizens and offer specialized care to address their dental needs. 

We recommend that senior adults over the age of 60 visit us more often since they are at higher risk. If you or a family member is facing dental issues then don’t hesitate to book an appointment at the earliest. 

Here are some common dental issues seniors often encounter and why it’s important to see your dentist regularly. For people over 60 years of age, we recommend 3 visits a year.

Tooth Sensitivity 

Aging can lead to changes in the teeth and gums, making them more sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages. Tooth sensitivity can result from factors such as enamel erosion, gum recession, or dental procedures. Our team can identify the underlying cause of sensitivity and recommend appropriate treatment options to alleviate discomfort.

Denture Problems

Many seniors wear dentures to replace missing teeth, but improper fit, wear and tear, and changes in the mouth over time can lead to denture problems such as discomfort, difficulty chewing, and oral sores. Our denture services include adjustments, repairs, and replacements to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal function.

Dexterity Issues and Harder-to-Reach Back Teeth

Seniors may experience dexterity issues that make it challenging to brush and floss properly, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as the back teeth. Our team can provide guidance on oral hygiene techniques and recommend assistive devices to help seniors maintain good oral hygiene habits.

Tooth Discoloration

Over time, teeth may become discolored due to factors such as staining from food and beverages, tobacco use, and natural aging processes. Professional teeth whitening treatments can help seniors restore a brighter, more youthful smile and boost their confidence.

Bad Breath (Halitosis) and Receding Gums

Bad breath can be a concern for seniors, especially those with receding gums and deep periodontal pockets where bacteria can thrive. Our team can identify the underlying causes of bad breath and provide personalized treatment recommendations to address the issue effectively.

Tooth Decay and Cavities

Even with proper oral hygiene, aging can lead to changes in the mouth that increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities. Receding gums, dry mouth, and a lifetime of wear and tear on the teeth can all contribute to this issue. Regular dental check-ups and preventive care are essential for maintaining oral health in seniors.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Gum disease is a common problem among seniors, with symptoms ranging from mild inflammation to severe infection and tooth loss. Factors such as poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, chronic illnesses, and certain medications can increase the risk of gum disease. Our team provides comprehensive periodontal care to help seniors manage and treat gum disease effectively.

Tooth Loss

Seniors are more likely to experience tooth loss due to factors such as decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Missing teeth not only affect chewing and speaking but can also lead to bone loss and changes in facial structure. We offer various tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, to restore function and aesthetics.

Book an Appointment with Dr. Wilhite 

Dr. David Wilhite is an experienced dentist whose commitment to his patients is evidenced by his multiple nominations for the “Dentist of the Year” award administered by the Texas AGD. He spends 100+ hours every year keeping abreast with the latest changes and improvements in dental care so he can offer the best to his patients.  

At Wilhite Dental, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive dental care for senior citizens. We recommend that adults over the age of 60 come see us more often since they are at higher risk of dental issues. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward optimal oral health and well-being.

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If you’re looking for the most skilled and dependable dentist in Texas, look no further than Dr. Wilhite. With unrivaled expertise, countless awards and accolades, and a deep commitment to his patients, there isn’t a challenge Dr. Wilhite can’t handle. Now that you know what to expect from your first visit with the dental offices of Dr. Wilhite in Plano, TX, it’s time to set up your appointment.