As part of our family dentistry treatments, we provide dental care for seniors. Dental treatments and oral hygiene are an important part of life, and our dentists are committed to making sure that you receive high-quality care throughout your entire life. Please call 703-830-9110 today to learn more about our senior dental care in Centreville, Virginia, and to schedule your appointment with Drs. Hutchison, Gorman, Mooney, or Grossman.
Regular Recare Appointments:
We encourage our patients to schedule their next recare appointment before leaving our office. Geriatric patients are placed on either three, four, or six month recare appointments. Oral hygiene instructions are given at each appointment, and we have many homecare devices that we recommend and demonstrate to our patients.
Kodak Digital Radiography:
We utilize the Kodak digital radiography system for all our X-rays. Digital X-rays use much less radiation than standard film.
Periodontal Disease Screening:
Our geriatric patients are screened for periodontal disease at least once a year. Due to the lack of dexterity many times in older patients, our hygienists work with our patients to find the tools that enable them to have better homecare.
Oral Cancer Screening:
Our office utilizes the VELscope® oral cancer screening system. The VELscope uses an ultraviolet light to look for the presence of abnormal tissue. If abnormal tissue is found, a biopsy is recommended. Treatment options depend on the biopsy results.
Geriatric patients are offered a fluoride treatment at their appointments to make their teeth more resistant to decay. Occasionally, home fluoride is recommended if there is a high decay rate.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease:
Periodontal treatment is done by our hygiene team. There are seven highly skilled hygienists in our office. We treat periodontal disease by thorough, deep cleanings called root debridement therapy, localized antibiotic therapy (ARESTIN®), and the Perio Protect® method of delivering medicaments as needed. Patients’ periodontal pocketing is measured, as well as recession and mobility that affects oral health.
Dry Mouth and Gums:
As we age, our mouth becomes drier, which increases our decay rate. Also, many medications can cause the patient to suffer from a dry mouth. Drs. Hutchison, Gorman, Mooney, and Grossman have products that help to alleviate the effect of this on the tissues in the mouth.
We invite you to contact our dentists and dental team today to learn more about dental care for seniors. We are dedicated to caring for your smile!