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Geriatric Dentistry in Prairie Village, KS
Whether you are one or 92, taking care of your teeth and gums is important. Of course, at different stages of life there are different oral health concerns. If you are over the age of 55, then you’ll appreciate Dr. Cattaneo’s dedication to geriatric dentistry and serving senior citizens in and around Prairie Village, KS.
Compassionate Geriatric Dentistry in Prairie Village
As with general dentistry, the cornerstone of geriatric dentistry is the dental checkup. Therefore, it’s important to continue scheduling twice yearly checkups as you age. Of course, at your checkup we’ll always clean your teeth, remove plaque and examine for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, which can be problems at any age. In addition, with regular dental checkups, Dr. Cattaneo and his team can more closely monitor your oral health and spot any concerning changes.
There are dental health problems that may become more prevalent with age. Dr. Cattaneo is trained and equipped to address most any oral health concern; for tooth decay, we have tooth-colored fillings, for a fractured tooth, there are dental crowns and for missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants or crown and bridgework.
Geriatric Dentistry Prairie Village Trusts
Numerous studies confirm the oral-systemic link. In other words, many bodily ailments and diseases have symptoms that appear in the mouth. Through regular checkups, Dr. Cattaneo may be able to spot early signs of heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, liver disease, HIV, diabetes, eating disorders and anemia.
Of particular concern among seniors is oral cancer. Early detection increases the chance of survival, so having regular checkups becomes all the more important. Likewise, many seniors take prescription medications that may cause dry mouth, which is the result of less saliva. Reduced saliva gives harmful bacteria the opportunity to accumulate and cause tooth decay. Dr. Cattaneo can offer seniors ideas for how to combat dry mouth.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cattaneo, the geriatric dentist Prairie Village seniors know have their very best interest and health in mind. Our warm, welcoming office proudly serves families from throughout communities in the surrounding areas as well, including Merriam, Shawnee, Mission, Leawood, Overland Park, and beyond.