- Caring for Senior Smiles: Expert Advice from William S. Darr, DDS in Broussard -

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Dr. William Darr and our team welcome you to a different kind of dental experience. We are proud to be a patient-focused practice—from our Smile Analysis to our exceptional listening skills, we are here to help you achieve optimal oral health and more confidence in your smile. Our calming chairside manner relaxes our more anxious patients, and we explain what we do while we’re working on you, so you will know and understand what’s happening—without unpleasant surprises!

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Caring for Senior Smiles: Expert Advice from William S. Darr, DDS in Broussard

As we age, our teeth require special attention to maintain strength and health. Seniors, in particular, are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease and other oral health issues. Beyond regular dental check-ups, here are some essential tips to ensure optimal oral health for seniors.

Establish a Daily Routine

Regardless of age, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine is paramount. Seniors should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. For those with dentures, it’s crucial to remove them for at least four hours each day, preferably overnight, and clean them daily. Staying hydrated by drinking water not only promotes saliva production, which helps protect enamel, but if the water contains fluoride, it can also strengthen teeth. Regular visits to our dental office should also be part of the routine to monitor and address any oral health concerns.

Tips for Caregivers

For caregivers of elderly individuals, assisting them in maintaining good oral hygiene can be challenging. Establishing a routine and setting specific times for brushing teeth can be helpful. It’s essential to remind and encourage seniors to brush and floss regularly. If daily dental care becomes too difficult, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for guidance and solutions.

Financial Assistance

Seniors residing in nursing homes and enrolled in state or national financial programs may qualify for financial assistance through the Incurred Medical Expense regulation, as suggested by the American Dental Association (ADA). This can help alleviate the financial burden of necessary dental care. Discuss this option with the nursing home or care facility’s caseworker for more information.

Don’t Overlook Gum Health

Certain medications can increase the risk of periodontal disease. It’s crucial to inform our dental team of any changes to medication during visits. Since early-stage periodontal disease can be painless, regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection and treatment. According to the ADA, over 47% of adults over 30 have chronic periodontitis, emphasizing the importance of proactive oral care.

Maintaining oral health as we age can be challenging but sticking to a daily routine of brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits is key. If you’re a caregiver for a senior loved one, ensure they receive the necessary attention and adhere to a daily oral hygiene routine.

For additional tips on senior oral health or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to support you in achieving and maintaining a healthy smile at every stage of life.

William S. Darr, DDS
Email: kay@wdarrdds.com
Phone: (337) 837-3117
Url: https://wdarrdds.com/
107 S Morgan Ave
Broussard, LA 70518

Office Hours

Monday 7:30AM - 3:30PM
Tuesday 7:30AM - 3:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 3:30PM
Thursday 7:30AM - 3:30PM


107 South Morgan Ave.
Broussard, LA 70518

Serving Broussard, Youngsville, Lafayette,
New Iberia & beyond.




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