Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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
The Nurse and the Dentist were very good.
Velena L.
I was very well attended! The staff was friendly and extremely helpful.
Anonymous
Great staff, quick emergency service, left with no pain and in good spirits!!! Already told a friend..Very good experience considering the reason I […]
Carlos D.
I have very mixed feelings about the Gentle Dental at 13th and Walnut. The seating area looks outdated, run down and downright ugly. The ladies at […]
Anonymous
The whole staff was very professional and caring.
Alisha W.
The dental care I have received so far has been quite considerate and thorough (for my dental health and finances). The reception in person and on […]
Daniel S.
I am a client for life. The staff, the Doctors and the assistants are all wonderful. I am extremely happy with my care and if anyone I know is in […]
Alfred J.
I was taken back on time, the dentist briefly explained what he was going to do, very friendly, and completed the procedure in a decent amount of […]
Anonymous
The staff was friendly, efficient & knowledgable. Wait time was minimal
Delores N.
I went in for a scaling and a filling. I was told it would take 2 hours but I was in and out in a hour. I couldn't believe it. I was very happy. I […]
Anonymous
The office is in an old beautiful historic down town building in a high rent part of the city so it's kind of surprising that the waiting area is […]
Markus A.
the entire staff was very pleasant and professional.
James J.
Very nice.
Theodore M.
I do not always see the same hygienist and dentist, but the care is consistent and high quality.
Kriste L.
Everyone was nice and the service was great
Annette P.
I have a dentist that I actually look forward to seeing. He's done some really great, light cosmetic work on me and perfect general dentistry as […]
Markus A.
Timely appointment service
Jerome A.
Pleasant experience, very professional, no complaints
Jermaine T.
Everone was super nice and made me feel very comfortable. I like how I didn't have to wait long and while I waited I watched tv. Thanks
Laquan A.
Dr. Alexander and Amanda were wonderful! Amanda has great bedside manner and friendly conversation. Dr. Alexander provided great feedback on areas of […]
Teiquisha J.
The doctor had excellent chair manner. Took the time needed to make sure I was in no pain. Did the job of filling my teeth excellently. Explained […]
Wadeeah J.
The hygienist was very concern of any discomfort & very informative.
Connie E.
Short wait, courteous personnel, and speedy procedures. Both Hygienist and DD were very responsive to my concerns. It might help if the procedures […]
Livio A.
Clean facility. Attentive to comfort level during dental cleanings and procedures. Easy to make appointments, not waiting weeks and weeks for […]
Anonymous
Tyler & staff ... the very best dental staff ever.
Peggy B.
I had to get a tooth pulled and it was a bit tough but the procedure was done quickly. I will be back to get all of my dental work done at gentle […]
Deborah B.
My experience was great, the dentist, staff and personal were kind and respectful I will continue to cater to Gentle Dental Center City!!!
Elaine C.
Dr. Tyler Sorensen explained options and costs clearly and then went about fixing my cracked tooth confidently and efficently. High marks.
Jonathan J.
Tyler was wonderful. I was involved in a freak accident that compromised my dental situation and was completely devastated when I walked in to the […]
Sunita B.
On time appointment. Friendly and professional staff. Polite and pleasant.
Rohmane S.
The dental technician who cared for me was excellent.
Janet P.
I was there to have a tooth pulled, the tooth was being stubborn. The dentist and his assistant was very determined to get the root of the teeth out. […]
Debra B.
Great visit,
Cheryl S.
I was very pleased with the office manager who helped acquire a loan for the dental work that needed to be done that day. I was also very pleased […]
Patricia M.
Everyone was very friendly & answered all questions & concerns.
Connie E.
Am very pleased with the quality of service at Gentle dental . Dr . Naga is great as is the technicians and staff .
Anonymous
Everyone was very nice. Amanda was super sweet.
Jessica M.
I accidentally showed up on the wrong appointment date, but they were willing to fit me in. Everybody was polite and I didn't have to wait very long […]
William C.
I dreaded going to have a root canal, but to my surprise, it was as pleasant an experience as possible. The doctor put me at ease and did his job […]
Anonymous
Had an emergency ; was seen within an hour of calling for appointment
David W.
I receive wonderful service From the Dentist to his Assistants they were so helpful getting me out of this pain i was in. I can't forget Stacey the […]
Jamillah F.
Other then the pain I had another pleasant visit.
Andrea M.
The staff there is awesome.
Stacey M.
I am extremely pleased with my experience at Gentle Dental. Everyone was professional and very friendly. I am deathly afraid of the dentist and was […]
Monique C.
They are friendly and conscientious. I will definitely come back.
Meiying C.
The dentist was very pleasant and professional to speak with. However, the receptionist at the desk (when checking out and in) needs to understand […]
Antoinette G.
The service was good and the atmosphere comfortable.
Derrald H.
I had to wait a little pass my appt time but the service that I received made up for the wait. All in all I was satisfied in the end.
Helen C.
Great team at Gentle Dental. Everyone was personable and efficient. Very little pain.
Rebecca F.
The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is very welcoming!
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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