Senior Dental Care

As you age, the one thing that does not change is the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, dental care may be even more important as we age.  Here are some educational tips about elderly dental care to help you or your loved ones manage oral health in their Golden Years.

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All About Toothpaste

Long before anyone ever heard of Crest or Colgate, people used basic ingredients to clean their teeth. Cue the toothpaste industry, which came up with millions of different dental applications, all designed with a single purpose – to clean teeth! Of course, the path to today’s plethora of paste preparations is a long and storied one. 

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National Gum Care Month

September is National Gum Care Month. Although most people intuitively understand the importance of taking care of their teeth, few consider the equally critical nature of gum care. Fortunately, National Gum Care Month reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums, which affects the rest of our health.  

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Dental Popcorn Problem

A popular snack since the 1800’s, popcorn is not among the top snacks recommended by most dentists. In fact, some of us go out of our way to avoid consuming the treat, in large part, because we see so many patients who identify popcorn as the cause of their dental pain.

In addition to excess salt, butter, and sugar that can coat it, popcorn can lead to dental damage. You may suspect that the worst thing about eating popcorn is when you unwittingly bite down un-popped kernel. However, the damage caused by the hull (which is the thin shell wrapped around the kernel) wedging between gums and teeth may be worse.

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Pick the Perfect Toothbrush

As you prepare to shop for your new toothbrush, it’s important to know what to look for. With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase? Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are electric, some are made of plastic, and others feature built-in toothpaste in. There are even toothbrushes with vibrating heads! With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase?

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Laser Dentistry

Many Americans first learned about lasers by watching episodes of Star Trek. Fast forward 50 years, people rely on these tools for multiple everyday applications. Dentistry is one such area. But what is laser dentistry? If you’ve never heard of this innovative type of dental care, now is the time to learn. A minimally invasive option for procedures such as gum surgery, cavity treatment, and other oral issues, laser is in wide dental use in 2022.

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Medicare & Dental Health

Although most people bristle when their “Welcome Packet” arrives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the organization offers several benefits for senior citizens. The only problem is that most seniors these days rebuff the idea that they have entered their Golden Years. Nevertheless, AARP provides tips and tricks that people in a particular age group may benefit by employing. For example, the AARP website lists hints for leveraging Medicare coverage for dental benefits

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Pericoronitis: Problem Wisdom Teeth

Previously, we’ve written blog posts about wisdom teeth. In this post, we drill down on a specific condition which often necessitates the removal of wisdom teeth, pericoronitis. It is a common problem which occurs around a partially impacted lower wisdom tooth. 

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What is a Frenectomy?

The word “Frenectomy,” also known as a frenulectomy, is an oral surgery procedure designed to treat a condition known as lip-tie or tongue-tie. During the procedure, an oral surgeon cuts or modifies the frenum (aka frenulum), which is a band of connective tissue that joins two areas of the mouth. In the mouth, frena (the plural of frenum) joins the lips to the gums or the tongue to the floor of the mouth. People have multiple frena in their mouths. Most of the time, these do not lead to serious issues. However, if a frenum is too short or tight, it can lead to oral health problems. What’s more, it may even negatively impact on speech. Babies may struggle to breastfeed and swallow if the condition is left untreated.

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