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
Friendly helpful professional staff
Gerald M.
Knowledgeable friendly staff that listen to problems and do a great job fixing them
William C.
I never wait long and am always greeted with a friendly smile. The technicians are nice, Natalie is great and Dr Fee is great as well.
Kathleen Z.
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.
Erica C.
I’ve been going to Gentle Dental Springfield for years; I’ve always had a good experience there.
Dulcet C.
Office very clean workers are very friendly very professional
Quentin I.
Really great dental group. They are extremely accommodating with appointments and availability. I really appreciate the quick and genuine service they provide. Highly recommend!
Casey H.
As always, the staff is just so friendly. They truly make you feel relaxed and comfortable, especially for someone like me who is not a fan of the dentist.
Patricia G.
Dentist Is great and dental hygienist too! Office friendly staff too
Annmarie A.
The staff’s professionalism and quality work guarantee my return.
Robert C.
Wonderful service
Melissa T.
I love the receptionist Tinya, she is always professional and on top of her game. She has a pleasant disposition that makes the experience, the rest of the staff is top notch!!
Lady O.
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 […]
Larry 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
Very welcoming office, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
Patricia G.
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.
I called to get an Emergency appointment today…they for me in… I have to say I don’t like going to the dentist but this office was absolutely fantastic! All staff was extremely professional and […]
Elizabeth B.
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 I […]
Marinita G.
Great dentist
Theresa M.
Good service
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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
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