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My parents are getting older and are getting more cavities recently. Do you have any tips to help maintain their teeth?
February 03, 2019
Seniors face many more hurdles to maintaining their teeth than our younger patients. Changes in their physical health and manual dexterity, medications which can contribute to dry mouth, and receding gums and periodontal disease exposing more root surface all contribute to more cavities and possible tooth loss. Larger handle tooth brushes or electric brushes such as a Sonicare can help patients who physically struggle to hold a brush. Patients who suffer from dry mouth should avoid sugary foods and liquids and drink plenty of water to help remove plaque and acids which contribute to tooth decay. Routine cleanings and exams (at least every 6 months) can prevent small root surface cavities from progressing to the point of premature loss of the tooth. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your appointment today!
Please Help! Getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist hurts.
February 06, 2019
For many patients, professional dental cleanings can be a scary experience. Sore gums and sensitive teeth can lead to patients delaying needed maintenance. Unfortunately skipping routine cleanings can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss.
Dry mouth, also called Xerostomia, is a condition where we aren’t producing enough saliva or “spit.” You may notice food sticking to the roof of your mouth, or your teeth may even experience pain when eating or swallowing.