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As individuals age, dental care becomes increasingly important. Maintaining good oral health is not only crucial for seniors’ overall well-being but also contributes significantly to their quality of life. Here are some compelling reasons why dental care is of paramount importance for seniors.

Prevention of Tooth Loss

Seniors are more susceptible to tooth loss due to various factors like decay, gum disease, and wear and tear over the years. Proper dental care, including regular check-ups and cleanings, helps prevent tooth loss, allowing seniors to maintain their ability to chew and speak effectively.

Improved Nutrition

Dental problems can make it difficult to chew and enjoy a variety of foods. This can lead to poor nutrition, which can exacerbate existing health issues and weaken the immune system. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes easier when seniors have good oral health.

Preventing or Controlling Gum Disease

Seniors are particularly at risk for gum or periodontal disease due to factors like reduced saliva production and medications that may affect oral health. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and potentially contribute to other systemic health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Enhanced Speech

Missing or decayed teeth can affect speech. Seniors with dental issues may find it difficult to speak clearly, leading to communication challenges and social isolation. Good oral health ensures seniors can communicate effectively and engage in social activities.

Boosted Confidence and Self-esteem

A healthy smile can significantly impact one’s self-esteem and overall confidence. Seniors who are proud of their teeth and smile are more likely to engage with others, maintain an active social life, and experience a better quality of life.

Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Seniors are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Regular dental check-ups allow for the early detection of suspicious lesions or symptoms, potentially leading to a better prognosis and treatment outcome.

Preventing Pain and Discomfort

Dental issues, such as cavities and abscesses, can cause severe pain and discomfort. Seniors who neglect their oral health may suffer from chronic pain, which can negatively impact their daily lives and overall well-being.

Cost Savings

Preventive dental care is more cost-effective than treating dental problems once they become severe. Seniors who invest in regular check-ups and cleanings can avoid expensive and invasive dental procedures down the road.

Maintaining a Complete Smile

Whether it is preserving natural teeth or undergoing restorative dentistry procedures to replace missing teeth, a complete smile is vital for seniors. This impacts their appearance, speech, chewing function and overall health.

The importance of dental care for seniors cannot be overstated. It goes beyond preserving their teeth; it has a profound impact on their overall health, nutrition, and quality of life. Seniors should make regular dental check-ups a priority and maintain good oral hygiene practices to ensure their well-being in their golden years. Dr. Surbhi Chandna is a geriatric dentist who offers specialized dental care for seniors, with longer appointment times, restorative options, a wheelchair-accessible office and many other services geared toward seniors. We welcome seniors and new patients of all ages at our dental center in Arlington, GA.

Posted on behalf of Radiant Smiles

3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
Arlington, VA 22203

Phone: (703) 528-0444
FAX: (703) 516-0262

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Dr. Surbhi is an excellent dentist. She took the time to explain every procedure she was doing. She is very professional and has a calm personality. This office is absolutely wonderful! She is the best dentist I have ever had. The assistant and front desk are considerate, Friendly and great professionals. Thank you Dr Surbhi for excellent treatment. Wish you all the best.
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Dr Chandna and her teams are amazing. I had a cleaning scheduled and when I came in for my appointment she had fully explained to me how everything would work and performed it to where I felt little to no pain or discomfort.
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Extremely thorough dentist who explains her findings more clearly than any dentist I have ever had. Very highly recommend!
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Dr. Surbhi Chandna

Dr. Surbhi Chandna is a general and cosmetic dentist. She started her career in Dentistry in 2005 and has since gained experience working in India and United States. She is a graduate of prestigious University of Pittsburgh- School of Dentistry. She has years of experience working in Richmond, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She has taken hundreds of CE courses to stay updated with the latest dental technology.

She truly enjoys the art of dentistry, because she can use her skillset to improve the smile, oral health, and confidence of her patients. Refer to our gallery for some of the cases that she has done.

Featured in Arlington Magazine’s July/August ’23 Dentist profile

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3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
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