Your Northwest Calgary Choice for Dental Care for Seniors!

Most people assume that children are in the age group that gets the most cavities, and then that tapers off as we reach adulthood. Unfortunately, research indicates that 93% of seniors over 65 have dental decay. Seniors suffer higher rates of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, mouth infections and tooth loss. Nosehill Dental is pleased to provide optimum dental care for seniors, and we are strong advocates for the prevention of problems for seniors, to help preserve and maintain optimal oral health and wellness.

Why are seniors so prone to getting cavities?

There are at least six major factors that increase their risk of getting cavities. These include:

  1. Gum Recession
    Older adults often have receding gums which expose the roots of the teeth to decay. Brushing teeth with a hard or medium-bristled toothbrush can lead to gum recession, as can brushing teeth too vigorously. Seniors should only use soft-bristled toothbrushes and refrain from scrubbing their teeth too hard. Regular dental cleanings by a hygienist are essential. When bacteria-laden plaque and tartar are not cleaned regularly, they remain under the gum line where gum disease may result.
  2. Age-related health conditions take a toll on dental health
    As we age, decline in our overall health can affect our teeth too. The immune system becomes weaker, and it is easier to develop serious illness. Health conditions more common to seniors include Arthritis, Stroke, Heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Studies show that diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis can contribute to dental conditions, including cavities.
  3. Poor dental care at home
    Some seniors develop bad habits over the years. For example, brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of using a soft-bristled electric toothbrush often leads to gum recession and decay over time. Other seniors do not have the ability to take adequate care of their teeth due to arthritis in their hands, or they have had a stroke and can no longer use their dominant hand.
  4. Medications can cause dry mouth
    With conditions that come with age, many seniors have to take prescription medications. One of the side-effects of commonly used medications is dry mouth. Saliva acts as a necessary barrier against cavity-causing bacteria and acids in our mouth. Without that barrier, it is far easier to develop cavities.
  5. Less nutritious foods
    Without nutritious foods, we become susceptible to infections and things like dental decay. Unfortunately, many seniors are not getting the nutrients they need. They may not be able to cook for themselves like they used to or afford adequate amounts of nutritious fresh produce. Chewing might be more difficult due to missing teeth, pain, or ill-fitting dentures.
  6. Lack of dental insurance
    According to The Canadian Health Measure Survey, over 50% of seniors do not have dental insurance. Because they are on a fixed income, paying for dental treatment is difficult, if not impossible for some seniors.


How can Nosehill Dental help seniors lower their cavity risk? 

Nosehill Dental has treated many seniors, and we understand the relationship between seniors’ dental health and their overall health. Our dentists are strong advocates for the prevention of problems for seniors, including regular dental cleanings to remove plaque below the gum line and thorough checkups to detect problems early. Our ultimate goal is to preserve seniors’ teeth and their smiles.

If you are concerned about your oral health, or have questions about senior dental care, or you would like to set up an appointment for you or a family member with one of our dedicated team members, call Nosehill Dental at (403) 241-1900 and we will be happy to help!

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call Nosehill Dental at (403) 241-1900 to set up an appointment today!

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1829 Ranchlands Blvd NW, #101, Calgary, AB T3G 2A7

Phone: (403) 241-1900
Fax: (403) 241-8839

Monday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday / Statutory Holidays: Closed

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The Dentists at Nosehill Dental are General Dentists (unless specified). As general dentists, they provide cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental braces, and teeth whitening as part of their General Dentistry license. Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry are not specialties recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C). As NW Calgary Family Dentists, they provide General Dental procedures for all ages within the family.
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