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 dentist & staff are extremely personable & genuine.
Jennifer S.
The staff is very helpful and respectful. They are very good with accomodating and I am glad to use this facility as my provider.
Stacey B.
All the staff are extremely nice and will work with you to make you experience the best they can!!
Jaclyn B.
Everyone there in the Springfield, PA practice takes the time to explain every procedure, every step, and all are very pleasant and make you feel […]
Nancy H.
Everyone is very nice!
Jeanette R.
Great experience. Doctor listened to my concerns and was very thorough.
Richard C.
I have gone to Gentle Dental for my dental care for over 10 years and I already have been recommending their wonderful dental care to family members […]
Deborah A.
Quick and efficient.
Susan L.
The staff at Gentle Dental was so amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful!
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The Office staff, Rudy, and Dr Hinrichsen make going to the dentist not so bad at all. Great team here that makes you feel comfortable. Thank you for […]
Mark G.
Friendly staff...always a pleasant experience.
Carolyn T.
I Thank you for the work that was done on Tuesday everything was well.I was a little nervous but you made me feel comfortable Thank you.
Rhonda W.
great fast service and nice people.
Christopher K.
My experience was great. Staff was great, no issue or problems. I actually look forward to my dental appointments.
Richard C.
Staff is excellent, professional, but also puts you at ease. They don't make you feel badly or scold you for not taking good care of your teeth.
Garrett N.
Great service and excellent workmanship. Courteous and friendly staff, all very professional and knowledgeable. Nice and clean waiting room and […]
Harry W.
I think everyone at this Gentle Dental location is wonderful!
Cynthia M.
The wait was minimal, the staff was friendly and they were able to do my cleaning and fill my cavities in one visit. Highly recommended!
Helen G.
Best dentist ever...Painless root canal, friendly staff and peaceful environment...
Taplah K.
This is a fast and efficient dental operation. The cleanliness of the rooms are impressive. Everyone is so friendly!
Beverly B.
Friendly, knowledgeable, caring, and helpful doctor and staff.
Jason G.
It was a very pleasant experience. All of the staff were very kind and accommodating, and made sure that I was kept up to date on all the information […]
Ivy D.
Sadly, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist, Gentle Dental of Springfield makes your visit comfortable. Everyone is always pleasant....you can […]
Carolyn T.
nice and gentle
Joan D.
I had a toothache and they took me right away! The staff and dentist were excellent.
Madeline P.
Very pleasant atmosphere and people are very attentive. They make you feel very comfortable.
Nancy H.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Springfield is very professional, pleasant and caring to their patients.
Jewlette S.
Everyone was very friendly. Relaxed and pain free!
Michelle B.
I didn't have any work done yet but my new patient appointment was excellent. The receptionist was friendly and efficient and the doctor and his […]
Wendy F.
Very friendly, would definitely return.
Shikina M.
Really appreciated the office call the day after my appointment, just to check on me.
Susan L.
Everyone from the moment I first walked in was extremely friendly! As someone who gets a little nervous about going to the dentist, they put me at […]
Anonymous
Quick, efficient, quality care.
Anonymous
Natalie at springfield office is great! thorough, gentle and caring.
Edwin J.
Great service. Very welcoming and warm people. I was scared to death. I hate the dentist and they made it not so scary.
Erica C.
I had a great visit. Everyone is so professional and my cleaning was great. I can't wait until my next visit!
Megan R.
My tooth flared up at 2 am, I hoped the pain would pass. Swelling took place and the pain increased. On a sat. morning @ 11 am I called for an appt. […]
Kevin C.
Excellent dentistry, very nice people.
Anonymous
Natalie did a great job as usual with no pain.
Edwin J.
Natalie is a great hygienist!!!
Maria H.
It was awesome the best Dentist I been to yet everyone was helpful and I loved the Dentist that I had I really think I finally found one that I liked […]
Michelle F.
I love Gentle Dental in Springfield. My two eldest children go there and they are wonderful with them. They don't rush through things are very […]
Carmen M.
It was my first time there. Everyone was very courteous and helpful. Evaluated my needs and charted a long term program of care. Helped me with a […]
Charles S.
Excellent care, especially for an emergency visit.
Theresa M.
Excellent service and staff.
Anonymous
Everyone there is kind. Felt no pain.
Michelle B.
Friendly, courteous service. I will recommend to family and friends.
Anita B.
I have a fear of dentist but the staff was knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and best of all created a minimum of pain.
Michele R.
Staff was great, no lectures about my dental hygiene.
Garrett N.
They were great. Kind and pleasant. And did a great job on my teeth.
Michelle B.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 810-1247
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