Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

With proper care, seniors can have teeth that last a lifetime

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People often believe that losing one’s teeth is a natural part of aging, but it’s not. Many elderly people keep all or most of their teeth because they maintain good dental habits and visit the dentist office on a regular basis.

Still, teeth go through an aging process just as other parts of the body do. They become stained from drinking tea, coffee and red wine or from smoking. Some people may neglect dental care because they have arthritis, which makes it difficult for them to hold a toothbrush. Or they may have medical issues that interfere with good dental health.

As for dexterity problems, WebMD recommends making the brush handle larger by wrapping a sponge or adhesive tape around it.

Check health issues
Senior citizens may need to see their family dentist more than the customary two visits each year to prevent dentistry problems before they begin. Once bacteria from the mouth causes inflammation, it can exacerbate any medical conditions that the elderly person is facing.

For instance, older people often have to take a host of medications for different ailments. A common side effect is dry mouth because the medicine may inhibit the person’s natural development of saliva. That could make the senior more susceptible to bacteria growing because there’s no saliva to wash it away. Staying hydrated by drinking more water can help reduce the discomfort of dry mouth and wash away some impurities and food particles that allow bacteria to fester.

Seniors should talk to their dentists as they would other medical providers about the medications they are taking. Many dentists automatically take an adult’s blood pressure before administering anesthetics, but if they don’t, a senior citizen should ask to have a blood pressure check done before any dental procedures.

Keep teeth youthful
Dull, yellowed teeth often make a person look older. But cosmetic dental issues are easily remedied. Many whitening agents are available over-the-counter at pharmacies or can be recommended by one’s dentist. Whitening strips are particularly easy to use, but rinsing one’s mouth with hydrogen peroxide is another home remedy for seniors to consider.

In addition to limiting beverages that can stain teeth, seniors should maintain lifestyle habits that will make them feel better – a balanced diet, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep – and help keep gums and teeth healthy.

While many people develop dental problems as they get older, those who take care of their teeth will find they can last a lifetime.

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Patient Reviews
The staff are all so nice and friendly. They make you feel so comfortable. They take their time with you and you don’t feel like your just a number.
Patricia G.
the people there are great
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Great dentist
Theresa M.
Dentist Is great and dental hygienist too! Office friendly staff too
Annmarie A.
This was our first visit. Everyone was welcoming and helped may daughter feel relaxed.
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Very clean, professional, and friendly.
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Friendly staff.
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Janet V.
The staff was very helpful. Best dentist I’ve ever been to . Will be visiting again recommended to family and friends already.
Keith J.
Not a long waiting time and always nice and polite.
Alicia F.
professional care
Raymond F.
Staff is very polite and professional
Christine P.
Very friendly. Wonderful work done.
Emily M.
My dentist and her assistant was totally awesome. I got four teeth removed ans didn’t feel a drop of pain. Now that’s good service.
Jamal M.
Your dental assistant made me feel very comfortable,she took away the anxiety of starting the process, some the places can be very condescending,your smile is your first impression,i thank you.
Kevin R.
Everyone at gentle dental are very nice and they take awesome care of there patients.
Michael K.
friendly office staff and all around personnel are pleasnt
Gerald M.
The ease with which I can make appointments and the friendly atmosphere of the office and especially the kindness and service of both the office and professional staff.
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The staffs are very nice and they did a great job!
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I am really afraid of the dentist however I needed to have a tooth that had broken off in my mouth extracted! I got an appointment at Gentle​ Dental in Springfield Pa.I was actually shaking when […]
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 810-1247
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