Gentle Dental of Collingdale
14-20 MacDade Boulevard, Suite A, Collingdale, PA 19023

Heed Warning Signs to Maintain Dental Health

Dental Health and Basic Dental Care

Even for those who have always enjoyed healthy teeth and gums and have actually looked forward to regular dental check-ups, the aging process can bring a series of unpleasant surprises. While in some cases, failure to follow sound dental care practices may be the cause of increased dental problems, age itself is the reason for many such complaints. Luckily, by heeding a few critical tips, it is possible for patients to use dental warning signs to their advantage and make the adjustments necessary to keep the teeth healthy.

One of the first noticeable dental warning signs frequently experienced by middle-aged and older patients is that characterized by unusual twinges of pain. Because fluoridated water supplies were not as common when people in this age group were children, cavities were more common and, consequently, fillings were, too. As a result, teeth that have been filled in the past are more prone to developing new cracks that can serve as harbors for bacteria. Receding gum lines that occur with age can also be primary entry points for decay-causing bacteria. Brushing, flossing, using mouth rinses, and making regular visits to an affordable dentist are the best ways to stave off this type of pain and treat its causes.

Another dental care red flag is the one relating to sensitive teeth. In many cases, this type of sharp discomfort upon eating or drinking hot or cold substances is a sign of periodontal disease that has caused gum erosion. Bacterial buildup at the gum line can cause bleeding when brushing, and it can also erode tissue and make its way into the bloodstream. This increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other dangerous conditions. To prevent these outcomes, it is important to seek thorough dental cleanings from an affordable dentist on a regular basis and use antibacterial rinse products often. Vigilant flossing can also work wonders in terms of halting the progression of this damage.

Finally, when it comes to heeding dental health warning signs, one of the most important things to watch for is oral dryness. Saliva is a terrific antibacterial agent that works to stave off acid production in the mouth. Not only that, it contains minerals that can actually strengthen tooth enamel. However, mouth dryness is a problem that affects significant numbers of individuals of middle age and older. Many such cases can be attributed to common medications that have dry mouth as a side effect, and they may sometimes be solved by a change in prescription. However, prevention in the form of tongue scraping and the use of xylitol-containing gums or candies is perhaps the best way to stay on top of something that can be harmful if left unchecked.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Collingdale, call Gentle Dental of Collingdale today at (484) 427-4663 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Collingdale. 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 Collingdale, 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 Collingdale. 

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Patient Reviews
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The Dentist and staff are professional, knowledgeable and kind. I admit to having moderate to high levels of anxiety when visiting the Dentist. My past experiences in Dental offices have been […]
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Everyone is polite and professional my teeth are polished like a star
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They do good work, and are very professional.
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Had Dr. Au, super friendly and skilled. The staff were friendly and even laughed at my lame jokes. All in all just super stoked about the work I got done.
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Vanessa L.
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Rochelle E.
Thank you Gentle Dental of Collingdale for stepping up for kids for Give Kids A Smile week! Thank you for helping make sure that all children can get good oral health care to stay healthy!!
Colleen M.
I have been going to this location for several years. I always have a good experience when I see the dental hygentist. She shows concern for her patients.
Xandra L.
First time having this dentist and he was excellent! Very gentle, attentive and thorough! Staff was very friendly and personable! I promised them I wouldn’t be a flight risk!
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Everything was Great!!!
Paul O.
Staff courteous and pleasant
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Very Fast service been going here over 10 + years good report with staff always very pleasant!
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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 - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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