Gentle Dental of Haverford
354 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

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
Very friendly staff. My husband and I have been going to this dental office for years.
Sophie A.
I like the staff there and feel very at ease there.
Greta G.
The dental hygienists, doctors, and staff are all very friendly and are helpful in calming my anxiety. When they are working on my teeth, they are gentle and understanding when I tell them I need a […]
Erin D.
Very attentive and personable doctors and staff. Efficient, on schedule, and caring.
Ajay C.
Always a great experience! And everyone is very friendly and helpful.
Kristin S.
The clinicians help me to maintain my dental health as I age.
Jeffrey P.
Responded right away to my needs as a patient, scheduled me immediately and was able to get the care I needed.
Jacqueline Z.
I’ve been going to Gentle Dental for several years now. Back in April I took a fall down some concrete steps, leaving some severe trauma to my mouth and me without two front teeth. Dr. Nached […]
Hillary H.
friendly and professional
Jeff B.
I needed a cap removed because of decay underneath. The doctor took his time and was very precise doing the work needed.
Bonnie P.
good care
Richard P.
Nice friendly service and professional staff
Bob B.
The dentist was helpful, efficient, and kind.
Zacary H.
Great office and staff. Had a filling replaced by Dr. Berman and was done in 15-20 mins
Tara J.
Loved the new doctor. Tara the hygienist is the best.
Emma B.
Treatment is always first rate
Robert B.
Accommodating and friendly staff.
Melissa M.
You were very good at keeping me at ease while doing my cleaning. Thank You!
Pugh D.
The service with Gentle Dental is very good the receptionist to the nurses and doctors are all welcoming and sweet and they talk with you about other things other than dental you know which is good. […]
Racquel S.
Everyone was friendly and was very helpful
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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