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

What You Need to Know About Aging and Oral Health


Getting older brings a lot of changes, but tooth loss doesn’t have to be one of them. Many seniors lose their teeth because of preventable gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of gums and supportive tissues that hold your teeth in position. The early, reversible stage is called gingivitis. Bacteria-laden plaque buildup on your teeth is the culprit. Early gum disease may cause no symptoms at all, or you may notice that your gums bleed easily or feel sore. If left untreated, mild gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. At this stage, your gums pull away from your teeth and deep, infected pockets form. Eventually, tooth loss occurs.

5 Common Dental Problems Associated with Aging

  • Brushing and flossing difficulties can be a result of arthritis in your hands or loss of dexterity. Your dentist can recommend tools and techniques to improve your ability to clean your teeth properly.
  • Dry mouth is often a result of medications that decrease saliva production. Saliva rinses away food debris and neutralizes harmful acids that can lead to tooth decay. Your doctor or dentist can give you information about treatments for dry mouth.
  • Oral cancer is more common in people after they reach 40 years of age. Make a dental appointment immediately if you see unusual red or white patches inside your mouth.
  • Root decay commonly occurs after gums recede due to gum disease or overzealous brushing. The exposed root surfaces are more porous and vulnerable to decay.
  • Limited access to your dentist can be a problem if you have limited mobility or lack transportation. Call your local senior services organizations for advice.

What Your Dentist Can Tell You About Aging and Oral Health

Graceful aging and oral health maintenance go hand in hand. The state of your teeth and gums can tell your dentist a lot about what is going on in your body, and recent research suggests that good oral health correlates with good general health and a high quality of life. For this reason, regular dental visits are an important element of proper healthcare. To live a healthier life, and keep gingivitis and periodontitis at bay, visit your dentist in Springfield regularly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Springfield, call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Springfield. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Springfield, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Springfield.

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Patient Reviews
Because the workers are professionals and are interested in the well being of clients. That is why I did not change my dental office , even after Dr. Henrichson retired.
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Dentist Is great and dental hygienist too! Office friendly staff too
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Everyone was caring from the front desk to the dentist and assistance.
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Not a long waiting time and always nice and polite.
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Very welcoming office, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
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I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Fee, Rudy, Natalie, Kanesha, Kim, and the rest of the team. I’ve had everything from cleanings to root canals done at Gentle Dentle and now have an […]
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Really great dental group. They are extremely accommodating with appointments and availability. I really appreciate the quick and genuine service they provide. Highly recommend!
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Staff was efficient. Dr. Fee explained everything well, and was very professional.
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The staff was very helpful. Best dentist I’ve ever been to . Will be visiting again recommended to family and friends already.
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I use to have dental anxiety until I started going to Gentle Dental of Springfield. From the minute I walked in the door until I checked out they were nothing but friendly and professional. I set my […]
Office very clean workers are very friendly very professional
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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.
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Everyone at this dental office is very helpful and courteous
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The staffs are very nice and they did a great job!
Alice W.
They are efficient and pleasant. No long waiting period.
Marie R.
The staff here is great! I’ve had a root canal done, a cleaning, and will go back for a filling soon! The staff makes you feel so comfortable and explains procedures really well!
Katie D.
Very cooperative and understanding people
David H.
Dr Fee is the best. Rudy was awesome. Made me feel at ease. The ladies upfront we’re so very nice and professional. All around great office.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • 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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