General dentist Samantha Amaro DMD in the Scarborough Area Urges Seniors to Continue with Dental Hygiene and Check-Ups
July 24, 2015
Good dental care shouldn’t stop in one’s senior years. General dentist Dr. Samantha Amaro in the Scarborough area recommends seniors have regular exams and cleanings, along with denture fit assessments and oral cancer screenings.
Senior dental care optimizes overall health and well-being
Individuals in every age group need good dental care. From children to teens to young and middle-aged adults and seniors, how teeth and gums function impacts how the rest of the person feels and lives.
General dentist Samantha Amaro DMD in the Scarborough area stresses preventive dental services for all her patients. Seniors, too, require the basics of oral hygiene, check-ups and professional cleanings to keep ahead of:
- gum disease
- dental decay
- oral cancer
- systemic problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
What’s the dental protocol for seniors?
Regarding home hygiene, Dr. Amaro at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends twice daily brushing and daily flossing. Even individuals who are edentulous, or missing all their teeth, must gently brush their tongues, cheeks, gums and palate with a good quality toothpaste. Dentures should be soaked and brushed daily to remove bacteria and plaque.
Flossing removes food particles between teeth and at the gum line to ward off gum disease, a problem for about 18 percent of people over the age of 65. Gum disease leads to more serious health problems such as dementia, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. According to the National Institute on Aging, gum disease is preventable and treatable and is not simply a natural part of aging the way grey hair is.
Regarding in-office treatments, semi-annual exams and cleanings are essential, especially for individuals with partial dentures, bridgework and dental implants, restorations common in the senior population. During an exam, Dr. Amaro looks for:
- periodontal pockets (related to gum disease)
- signs of decay
- the condition of fillings, crowns and other restorations
- bite problems
- TMJ dysfunction and bruxism, sources of discomfort and dental breakdown
- oral cancer
Oral cancer is a prevalent cause of illness and death in North America today. Occurrence of oral cancer seems to peak between the ages of 60 and 70. So, skilled oral cancer screening in the Scarborough area and across the continent is vital.
Additionally, hygienic teeth cleaning at the Scarborough dentist’s office freshens breath, gives smiles a nice shiny appearance and removes disease-causing plaque and tartar. Plus, Dr. Amaro and her team assess denture wearers for stomatitis, a fungal infection stemming from poor oral hygiene.
Dental health rules for young people apply to seniors, too:
- Eat a well-balanced diet, avoiding sugar-laden snacks. Drink plenty of water to keep teeth clean and encourage saliva production.
- Brush twice a day and floss at least daily.
- See your Scarborough dentist for teeth cleaning, dental exams and oral cancer screenings twice a year.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
Contact your Scarborough general dentist for an appointment
Dr. Amaro and her friendly team would rather hear from you more often than not. Contact the office for a routine appointment and come prepared to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your oral health. Dr. Amaro’s schedule has many appointment options midday to conveniently accommodate seniors.
June 15, 2015
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One of the Best Dentists in Scarborough, ON
Dr. Samantha Amaro is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Toronto Academy of Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Amaro strives to enhance her patients’ self-esteem by helping them achieve a radiant smile and, when necessary, alleviating pain.
Dr. Amaro and her staff of dental hygienists and dental assistants want you and your family to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why your family dentist in Scarborough, ON, offers a comprehensive menu of dental services. Beginning with the all-important basic of a dental exam and cleaning and including the restorative benefits of dental implants and CEREC same day crowns, we are entirely devoted to helping you have optimal oral health, whether you are young, old or somewhere in between.
The Cosmetic Dentist Scarborough, ON, Trusts
In addition to ensuring that you have a healthy smile, Dr. Amaro and her staff want you to have a beautiful smile, too. With this in mind, we offer several cosmetic dentistry procedures. One of the most popular is teeth whitening. Whether you choose our in-office whitening system or the convenience of a take-home whitening kit, you’ll be able to whiten your smile by several shades. Other cosmetic procedures offered at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry include Invisalign and porcelain veneers.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like more information about our dental practice, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, then call White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Scarborough, ON. We are also conveniently located near Markham, North York, Pickering, Thornhill and Toronto.