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

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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I love this dentist office.. they are friendly helpful and informative… all the staff is great.. this is the first dental office I went to moving here from Georgia and this is the only dental […]
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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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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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Dentist I had very caring and wants patient to be happy with her service. she’s a great dentist. also the tech that made my impressions for my top plate was fabulous, very conscious and friendly […]
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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.
Toni is exceptional. She is THE reason I continue to attend your practice.
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The personal experience from making the appointment and then going to the office with Superior Service all from the phone call to the visit to the dentist thank you for your HELP..
Enoch H.
The dentist took the time to assure that I did not experience any pain. He explained everything he was going to do before he did it. The entire staff is very friendly
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The staffs are extraordinarily nice and friendly
Emmanuel T.
Customer service improved, staff is really welcoming and more assertive. They also seem to get patients in and out quicker since I left a few years ago and returned. Keep up the good work.
Ace
The Dentist was very attentive
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I liked the way the staff treated me and my daughter.
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The wait time was short and staff was very friendly.
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Administrative staff & medical staff are all polite, professional, and thorough
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Dentist and the staff always try to do there best to make you comfortable and concern about your questions
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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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  • Phone: (484) 427-4663
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