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 called and it was an emergency. I was able to get in 2 days latter. The staff is very nice and friendly. The dentist was amazing.
Rebecca L.
Friendly and knowledgeable.
Annelyse S.
Caring informative before and after tooth extraction.
Erma H.
Patty and Charmin are awesome
Jeffrey L.
The care that both Jennie and Patti provided during this bi-annual cleaning and checkup. People matter. And knowing that I’ll be in Jennie’s goes a long way toward keeping me with the practice.
Mark H.
The staff are very friendly and your wait time is not very long. Doctor always comes and shakes my hand and says hello even if it was just Pat and Jennie that were working on my teeth, couple of cool […]
Paul D.
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.
Nice clean office. Pleasant staff. No waiting.
Erma H.
Great 1st visit
Carmen E.
good attitude and good job by dental asst.
John W.
Even though I was rude on the phone, when they call me to see if I was still coming to my appointment, when I came in they still took me And I appreciate that I wanted to give them a big hug, I […]
Terry R.
Everyone was friendly and professional.
Andres F.
The staff and Doctor’s are fantastic,very helpful and I always have a wonderful experience here. I bring my pop’s here as well…
Cimone S.
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 she […]
Jayne J.
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.
I am currently attending a college in a different area and it was difficult for me to get a teeth cleaning every 6 months because of appointments. Two years pass and I still did not get a cleaning […]
Courtney M.
Great staff and caring dentist. Felt very comfortable and location was start of the art and clean.
Kevan A.
Very friendly. Great communication. Charmin was quick and painless.
Travis G.
This office has provided me with exceptional dental care. From check-in, to assistance by the techs, to the compassion of Dr. Torras, I felt like a person – a patient, not a number.
S A.
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.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (321) 252-0825
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