Elderly female model for dental cleaning. At In Motion Dentists, we find that many of our clients in Orange County prioritize routine exams and dental cleanings less and less as they age. Even with the help of house-call dental services, many clients still avoid receiving basic preventive care even though they should be more committed to it than ever before. 

If you have been avoiding routine dental exams and cleanings, take a look at these reasons why it is important that you start scheduling them regularly, even if you are elderly.

Avoiding Dental Cleanings Can Result in Gum Disease

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissue that most often occurs as a result of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth and below the gumline. 

Periodontitis can cause a long list of health related issues, some of which are more serious than others. As we age, we become more susceptible to developing this infection. Periodontitis can cause a long list of health-related issues.

Avoiding routine dental visits gives gingivitis a fighting chance by allowing the plaque and tartar build up to irritate your gums and compromise your oral health. 

Periodontitis Has Been Linked to Several Health Conditions

The early symptoms of gum disease include swelling, tenderness, redness, bleeding of the gum tissue, and even increased sensitivity in teeth.

Once the infection has advanced, some effects become more serious, and others are irreversible. You can begin to experience side effects like gum recession, dental abscesses, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. 

However, if your gum disease is left untreated, it can begin to cause other health-related problems. Periodontitis has been linked to several health conditions common among seniors, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, oral cancer, and even Alzheimer’s.

House-Call Dental Cleanings Can Help You Avoid Gum Disease

While some of the information in this guide may sound alarming, the good news is that it is fairly easy to prevent gum disease by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist routinely for an exam and dental cleaning. 

During your dental cleanings, your dental professional will use special instruments to access areas of your mouth that you cannot access, with brushing and flossing alone, to remove plaque and tartar and protect you from gum disease.

In Motion Dentists Provides House-Call Dental Cleanings

If you have difficulty getting to a dental office, you can opt for house-call dental cleanings to protect your oral health. These cleanings are convenient for seniors and those with special needs, or anyone that may experience barriers to getting to a traditional office for the care they need. These services can go a long way toward protecting you from the unpleasant effects of untreated gum disease. 

In Motion Dentists offers house-call dental cleanings to seniors in Orange County who want to protect their oral health. You can rely on our dentists’ experience and compassionate care when you schedule a house-call dentistry visit. Take a look at our in-home services to learn more.