Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

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
I think the girls were very friendly and easy to talk to. The dentist was super sweet and gentle. I didnt feel a thing well until the novacaine wore […]
Diana M.
Very good visit with Dr. In. He was right on schedule and had a very pleasant experience.
Richard C.
Dr In is very pleasant and all the techs and receptionist are very helpfull.
Elaine M.
Thanks for your proffesionalism Dr In and the whole staff.
Robert C.
Great experience. Lori did an excellent jod cleaning my teeth! !
Gladys A.
The receptionist, hygienist and doctor were all very pleasant. I had to wait about half an hour, but that was because I was a walk-in. Overall, […]
Anonymous
I really enjoyed the visits I have had already very friendly staff for the most part and my dentist was great I just hated the amount of pain I was […]
Brooke B.
Front desk girl always knows my name :-) everyone is so nice and everything is quick and easy!
Brooke B.
Dentist was very professional and painless. I lost a filling in the afternoon and they squeezed me in the next morning.
Frances F.
I have a wonderful experience with you guys. Bravo!!!
William L.
I was not pleased with the wait. I would rather not be scheduled when it takes so long.
Lawrence P.
The service was great as well as the professionalism! In my case i had full dentures made. Unfortunately there is not a lab on site,this made my […]
Robert E.
Two root canals went very smooth and ensured that I felt no pain during the procedure.
Tony E.
Everyone and everything at Gentle Dental Thorndale was great. I am very well pleased with the work that was done.The DOCTOR was excellent. I have a […]
Letica W.
In fact I really like the way Lori cleaned my teeth. She did a wonderful job. I will definitely recommend gentle dental Thorndale to friends and […]
William L.
I am very pleased with service and treatment I get at Gentle Dental, they are very courteous and don't leave you waiting for your appointment.
Robert E.
Pleased with visit and great staff
Yvette C.
My wait in the waiting area was longer than I anticipated. Arrived on time thinking I would be taken immediately, because I don't like dentists plus […]
Anonymous
I would recommend anyone to your office, from the doctor to the hole staff you guys are great the most important thing to me is everyone is so […]
Gerald R.
Very friendly, nice staff and great dental work
Janice B.
The visit went well
James T.
Gentle Dental did a great job as always. Nice people.
Karl F.
I have never had a problem, the staff are pleasant, and Dr. Miller is the best
Esther B.
I will be recommending Gentle Dental to everyone I know. All employees are very nice and professional. There was very little wait time and the […]
Anonymous
I am grateful for the Kind & Gentle treatment I have received. Very efficient Dentist & staff.
Diana P.
Staff was very proficient with what needed to be done.My problem was explained so that I could understand what was needed to be done
Rodney D.
T Thank you my daughter had to have two teeth filled For the first time! Great experiance Thank you Joanne
Jessica F.
The office staff is quick and efficient. I'm always seen in a timely manner and Dr. is always caring and careful to explain everything and answer all […]
Kaylene H.
I am a self confessed scaredy cat when it comes to the dentist. I have a difficult time calling to make an appointment. I have Never felt more […]
Helene R.
dentist handled in prof and compassionate manner
Earle K.
Great experience overall. Staff were very patient with me.
Anonymous
Staff and Dentist did an excellent job on my first visit!!!!
Gladys A.
Gentle Dental exceeded my expectations. Everyone--from the receptionists to the dental assistants to the hygenist--was friendly and accomodating, and […]
Anonymous
Dr In and staff are excellent!
Elizabeth P.
Staff was curtious and helpful. Everything was explained to me and I was told what to expect.
Arthur A.
Got in and out right away. Dr. Inn's service is one of excellence. Very trustworthy.
Anonymous
I was very pleased with the service. The receptionist was wonderful and really well informed. I literally had no wait time upon arriving about 15 […]
Anonymous
Everyone provided excellent customer service and the wait time was short.....I loved that!
Melanie R.
Dr.In explained everything in detail and was very gentle when he extracted my tooth. I appreciate his bedside manner.
Sharon M.
I was very pleased with the work done on my teeth. Thank you good job!
Brenda H.
Dr. In was very thorough in explaining procedure. I am very comfortable with his "bedside" manner
Sharon M.
So far, it's been really good
Theresa G.
I found the office staff very nice and the dentist took his time with me and explained everything that I needed done
Frances B.
Fast painless and very affordable.
Neil C.
I like this practice and they are very good with chilren. I always have a good experience with my daughter.
Madelyn N.
excellent service!!!!
Antonia N.
dental hygienist was great. i believe name is erin. put me at ease enough to get the job done..and that is not an easy thing to do...
Barbara P.
Everyone at Gentle Dental are great people, very helpful and understanding, and I thank them for everything.
David H.
Receptionist needs to be aware of appointment times of the patients and let the staff know when the pt. arrives and not pick and choose who's chart […]
Anonymous
Am comfortable and impressed with professional demeanor of the office, particularily the Dentist
Earle K.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (610) 590-1798
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