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
very freindly
Terry M.
Nice clean office. Pleasant staff. No waiting.
Erma H.
I hate to go to the dentist but Patti made me feel at ease as she polished my teeth. Jennie fished my cleaning and I was on my way home in no time. Thx
Bill I.
good attitude and good job by dental asst.
John W.
Great staff and caring dentist. Felt very comfortable and location was start of the art and clean.
Kevan A.
Everyone was great with my son.
Robert M.
I found the staff efficient, professional and friendly. Also, I was very pleased that my emergency need was taken care of the same day.
Mary H.
Very friendly staff. I hate dentists, but they all made me feel at ease there. Young assistant Victoria, talked me thru everything that was going to happen, so no surprises. Highly recommend this […]
Steve G.
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.
Felt the care was comprehensive
John D.
Clean, efficient, caring,worked great with my insurance to assure the best price for me.
Nancy B.
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.
Very friendly. Great communication. Charmin was quick and painless.
Travis G.
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.
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.
Everyone here is nice and professional – from the office staff to the techs, (especially Victoria) to the Dentist. I am very happy I was referred to this office. Dr. Torras is very patient and […]
Leesa A.
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.
Friendly staff and very professional
Sharon M.
The dental office was great! They were very tentative and service was quick. I had a great experience.
Ian B.
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.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (321) 252-0825
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