“You are not healthy without good oral health.”*C. Everett Koop
What We Know
We understand that the consequences of ignoring oral health can lead to serious health issues including pneumonia, complications with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Quality preventative dental care can improve the health of seniors and access is critical.
According to a number of reports, including a report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Oral Health for Older Americans, poor dental hygiene and care can negatively impact a senior’s overall health. Key factors sited, include:
- Medications can often create dry mouth due to a lack of saliva, which can cause difficulty in chewing, speaking and swallowing. This can also increase the occurrence of cavities.
- Tooth loss makes eating difficult and at times painful which can impact overall nutrition.
- Gum diseases increase with age and by 65, 41% of seniors will experience some type of gum disease. “Preventing gum diseases is important as studies have shown a possible association between these diseases and diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which are major causes of death among seniors.”**
- Oral cancer rates increase by a factor of 7 in people over age 65 than those under age 65.†
For more information on the importance and benefits of good oral health care, please visit our RESOURCES page.
What We Do
Our country’s senior population is growing rapidly and with it the need for quality, compassionate dental care. ElderCare Dental can fill this critical void. We make preventative dental care convenient for individuals, their caregivers, and the senior communities where they live. We come to the patient, communicating with everyone involved–the patient, caregivers, nursing staff and if desired, the patient’s adult children.
Our preventative dental care services are designed specifically with seniors in mind:
- ElderCare Dental certifies all dentists and hygienists prior to providing care to patients
- ElderCare Dental uses portable, state of the art equipment, bringing a sterilized, individually packaged kit for each patient
- Working with the dentist onsite or via tele-dentistry, a dedicated, registered dental hygienist gathers data, performs assessments and provides preventative care
- Working with the hygienist, the dentist will review, evaluate and diagnose each patient’s dental needs; each patient receives a customized care plan perfect for them
- Referrals are provided for more complex dental care to either a dentist close to where the patient lives or to their own family dentist
Working together, ElderCare Dental can help improve the overall health of seniors, one cleaning at a time.
What We Offer
ElderCare Dental provides patients greater flexibility to manage their dental care by offering high quality preventative and hygiene services without them ever having to leave their community.
Our plan includes:
2 cleanings, 2 dental exams, 2 oral cancer screenings, all x-rays and intraoral photographic imaging required, and 2 fluoride varnish treatments.
Patients have the option of making payments at the time of service or on a monthly basis. For a more detailed explanation of our dental services, please visit OUR SERVICES page.
*Koop, CE. Oral Health 2000. Second National Consortium Advance Program, 2, 1993.
**U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A report of the Surgeon General – Executive summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.
†Ries LAG, Eisner MP, Kosary CL, Hankey BF, Miller BA, Clegg L, Edwards BK (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1973-1997, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, 2000.