Mature Patients

Dr. Christine Dahl is a fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry.

The dental care for mature patient pays special attention to the particular needs that arise from the passing of time and the management of other health concerns.

As baby boomers reach retiring age, they have a life expectancy longer than any generation before in the story of humankind. With over two and three decades to look ahead to after retirement, baby boomers are a very different kind of senior.

A Different Type of Senior

Their independent nature leads baby boomers to seek a lifestyle that is also different from the traditional “grandma” or “grandpa” figures. This lifestyle is more active, adventurous, and more concerned with looks than their predecessors.

If you have reached, or are close to reaching retirement age, chances are you want to travel and enjoy different types of food. You want to smile often and feel proud of your smile.

Some of your teeth may need special care, or you may have lost teeth in the past, but you still want to have the full functionality of your molars so you can enjoy chewing. When was the last time you chewed on an apple with full confidence?

Common Dental Health Concerns

With age, you may also be facing health challenges that can potentially affect your dental health. At Bettendorf dental we can provide treatment plans that minimize the effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy on your teeth.

Some medications are known for producing dry mouth, and the reduced saliva increase the likelihood for cavities and other problems. These problems may require that you visit Bettendorf Dental more often for preventive treatments.

Great advances in science and the developing of new medications can come with serious side effects. One example of this is the osteoporosis drug Fosamax. One potential side effect of this drug can seriously affect the jaw bone. It is essential that you stay in touch with Dr. Dahl if you are taking or considering taking this medication.

Signs of Aging

One of the tell-tale signs of age, no matter how carefully you have taken care of your teeth, comes from your gums. Gum problems can cause the gumline to recede, giving your teeth a longer or taller appearance, that younger people identify with the elderly. Yellowish teeth also tend to add years to the face.

If you are a senior who cares for your appearance, you probably wish you had been born in a time when the importance of dental hygiene, flossing and regular dental cleanings was taught to you at an early age.

A New Era of Dentistry

If you are a senior, it is quite likely that your childhood memories of going to the dentist were filled with fear of the procedures, with good reason! Advances in dental health allow Bettendorf Dental and Dr. Christine Dahl to provide a completely different experience for the dental health of the mature patient today. High speed equipment minimizes the sound and the length of many treatments. Dr. Dahl has a very gentle touch. Her passion within dentistry is treating fearful patients. Our whole practice has been designed to help people who feel anxious about going to the dentist be more relaxed and at ease.

Dental Health Conditions with which We Can Help

  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Burning tongue associated with menopause or hormone replacement therapy
  • Gum line decay
  • Tooth brush abrasion
  • Bone loss
  • Erosion (often associated with acid reflux)
  • Osteoporosis in the mouth
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw, linked with the use of Bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Reclast, Boniva, Actonel)
  • Loose teeth
  • Preventive dental care in preparation for cancer treatment
  • Attrition (gradual wearing down of the enamel of the teeth due to wear, clenching or grinding)

In addition, baby boomers may need to be in charge of making decisions concerning the dental health of their aging parents. Ask Dr. Dahl about:

  • Cold sores
  • Caregiver hints for geriatric patients
  • Dental hygiene for patients who have reduced mobility of the hands as a consequence of arthritis or after a stroke
  • Dental care for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Some of the Services We Offer for Our Mature Patients

At Bettendorf Dental we study your particular case and take the time to collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and your budget. Dr. Dahl can offer more than one alternative to resolve a condition, and she always makes sure patients understand all their options. Dr. Dahl is available if you need a second opinion appointment.

Below is a list of some of the services you may need as a mature dental patient:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
  • Enamel Shaping
  • Tooth-color Fillings
  • Smile Makeovers
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Replacement of Missing Teeth
  • Implants

We are conveniently located on Maplecrest Road across from Bettendorf High School, near the Genesis Medical Plaza, and one block east of 18th Street.