submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design
Caring for elderly patients in the dental office can be challenging, but also extremely gratifying. It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to see a patient age while maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This is rarely achieved without truly focusing on oral health.
One major problem that senior citizens can encounter is the condition of Xerostomia, or dry mouth. While the name sounds frightening, the actual effects on the mouth can range from a nuisance to serious.