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Dental Health for Seniors Marietta, GA

Dental Health for Seniors

When it comes to a healthy mouth, it’s never too late. Even if you weren’t the most consistent patient with your daily oral hygiene habits as a child, teen or young adult, you can still earn a gold star from your dentist as an older adult. In fact, there are some significant reasons why practicing good preventative dental care is important as you age. Aging is associated with many specific risk factors for gum disease and other oral health problems. Here are a few top concerns to be aware of.

  • Receeding Gums: It’s a natural process in aging. As you get older, your gums will likely start to recede. Keep to a daily flossing routine to slow the recession process and promote healthy gums.
  • Osteoporosis: This common condition in older adults may be connected to your oral health in several ways. Studies have shown that periodontal disease can be an indicator of underlying osteoporosis. Furthermore, studies of women with osteoporosis reveal that they have an increased risk for gum disease.
  • Dry mouth: If you suffer from dry mouth as an older adult, always tell your dentist. Even if it is caused by a specific medication you take, dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease. Since saliva is essential in washing away bacteria and neutralizes acids in your mouth, you’ll need to take extra measures to make sure you are on top of your oral health. Your dentist may suggest a antimicrobial mouthwash to prevent cavities if you have a chronic dry mouth condition.

Brushing and flossing may become more difficult as a senior adult. Remember there are several ways technology can help you get your oral hygiene routine accomplished. Today there is a wide variety of electronic toothbrushes and electronic flossers to choose from that require much less dexterity and are very effective in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Most importantly, keep your routine dental checkups as an older adult. Your dentist can catch problems early, which is the key to reducing the risk for serious conditions such as gingivitis that could lead to tooth loss.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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