What is a Geriatric Dentist?
By Sharon M. Verdinelli, DMD
March 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Geriatric Dentist  

Find out more about the dental services we offer our older patients here in Mantua and West Deptford.

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As we get older we begin to notice that there are certain changes in our health that predispose us to potential issues if we don’t receive the proper care. Older adults have differing needs when it comes to maintaining a healthy, problem-free smile and it’s important that they have a geriatric dentist in Mantua and West Deptford, NJ, like Dr. Sharon Verdinelli who can provide patients with the specialized and unique care they deserve.

Why choose a geriatric dentist?

There are many dental problems that senior citizens are at an increased risk of facing if they don’t receive the proper oral care. Common problems include dry mouth, gum disease, loose and poorly fitted dentures, and tooth loss; fortunately, our Mantua and West Deptford general dentist knows how to handle these dental problems. During her training, Dr. Verdinelli did a year of Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.

We offer a full range of restorative dental treatments such as fillings, crowns and bridges, dental implants, and gum disease therapy. As you get older it’s important that you understand that your smile’s needs will change and that you have a dental team by your side that will know exactly what to do to guarantee that you continue maintaining a healthy smile.

So, what can a geriatric dentist do for you?

If you are a senior citizen who is actively searching for a dentist that will be able to provide comprehensive, trustworthy care that is catered to them then it’s time to turn to a geriatric dentist. Here are just some of the things we can do for you.

Prevent Problems: As we mentioned above, as you get older you are at an increased risk for cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and other problems. It’s important that you have a dentist who you can visit every six months to check your oral health and to provide you with recommendations and ways to protect your smile from common problems.

Recognize Drug Interactions: We know that sometimes the medications you take can also impact your oral health and our geriatric dentist will be able to provide you with the care you need to ensure that your medication doesn’t cause problems for your teeth and gums. Furthermore, because we truly get to know our patients and know what medications they are taking we will make sure there are no drug interactions when you come in for any dental treatments.

Maintain Optimal General Health: Did you know that the health of your mouth can also give us insight into your overall health? There are certain warning signs that manifest within the mouth that could let us know that something isn’t right (which means getting the issue treated right away before it becomes serious). Plus, getting proper oral care reduces your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

If you are looking for a dentist in West Deptford or Mantua, NJ, who can provide your aging smile with the proper dental care it needs then it’s time to call Dr. Verdinelli’s office and schedule an appointment with us.