Rockledge Dental
1950 Rockledge Boulevard, Suite 207, Rockledge, FL 32955

More dentist visits may be necessary to keep seniors’ teeth healthy

More dentist visits may be necessary to keep seniors' teeth healthy

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.

Teeth can last with good care
One fallacy about seniors and teeth is that losing them is a natural part of aging. It's not, and many elderly people are able to keep all or most of their teeth when 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. 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.

One solution offered by WebMD for people with dexterity problems is to make their tooth brush handle larger by wrapping a sponge or adhesive tape around it.

Whitening helps
Dull, yellowed teeth often make a person look older. Over time, they become stained from drinking tea, coffee and red wine or from smoking.

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
I was really impressed with all the staff including the doctor. They work hard to make you feel at ease. They are prompt and courteous. I will recommend them to anyone who needs dental care.
Vicki K.
All of the staff (front desk, dentist, etc.) were very, nice and helpful. They did not try to push any unnecessary procedures!
Cheryl S.
The staff is always friendly and with someone with dentist anxiety they always make me feel comfortable and talk about what is going to be done!
Ashley M.
Great 1st visit
Carmen E.
good attitude and good job by dental asst.
John W.
Great painless, friendly service. Very professional service. I was on the wait list for a cancellation and when a cancellation happened, they were able to accommodate me.
Jennifer D.
The dental office was great! They were very tentative and service was quick. I had a great experience.
Ian B.
Lack of waiting time…office is very organized. Staff pleasant and helpful with any questions. I feel my cleanings are excellent.
Diane D.
Fast, friendly and professional service from beginning to end. I was seen by a super nice girl by the name of Victoria and you could tell she really enjoyed her job and truly cared. Dr. Torras and […]
Christopher E.
I like your staff the very friendly and I feel welcome when I come there. Also like the new doctor I was very pleased with my visit the last time.
Trina J.
Wonderful staff
Timothy M.
Great doctor and staff. They were also less expensive than others for braces. In addition, they were honest with me about my daughter not needing an additional procedure that I was quoted an extra […]
Maydenne C.
Everyone was friendly and professional.
Andres F.
Nice clean office. Pleasant staff. No waiting.
Erma H.
You work with us so nice. Dad with cancer, Mom hauling him, us girls, or her own appts. You have always been able to fit my family in
Melia M.
So friendly and professional! Love the dentist!
Debbie H.
Jenny has been my hygientes for years & she is always professional, condiderate & friendly. I appreciate her work on my teeth. Fiest time I’ve had Patti to brush & floss them but […]
Jayne J.
I like Rockledge Dental very much, everyone is very nice and easy going. If you need help with any thing, they are right there to make everything stress free. Dr Torres and staff are wonderful.
Leanne F.
I went for my dental cleaning and had a good visit Jennie, Pattie, and Charmon.
Davonia J.
Very pleasant, felt so comfortable!! Nice facility.. Customer service awesome…..
Avis P.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Phone: (321) 252-0825
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