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
Staff – very welcoming; understanding
Sister L.
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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friendly office staff and all around personnel are pleasnt
Gerald M.
Good service
Nidia E.
i don’t know anyone who enjoys going to the dentist, I hate it! However I do like this dentist office. I feel comfortable there and the staff is very nice and friendly.
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Everyone is so nice,friendly and professional Dr.Fee,Kaneisha,Rudy and Tonah. They make you feel good even that you don’t.
Lisa R.
I’ve been coming here for years and it’s always a warm, comfortable environment.
Artia R.
Everyone at this dental office is very helpful and courteous
Audrey P.
My experience with your practice is always a pleasure. Everyone is friendly and professional.
Teresa H.
Friendly helpful professional staff
Gerald M.
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 welcoming office, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
Patricia G.
Professional and friendly staff
Thomas M.
Friendly staff.
Douglas D.
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 […]
Sean
They are efficient and pleasant. No long waiting period.
Marie R.
I am truly comfortable with all of the office personnel. They always look out for the client.
Patricia G.
Exceptional staff. Very clean environment. They explain everything and what options there are available. Thanks for your great work!
Chrysoula Y.
I love Gentle Dental of Springfield! The staff is courteous, pleasant, and professional. I’ve been to a number of dentist offices and by far this office is the best. I recommend anyone looking for […]
Felicia F.
Everyone in this office is so nice. Dr. Fee really takes her time with you and educates you on anything you need done. Rudy was very patient with taking my impressions and x-rays. The hygienist, […]
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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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