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Dentistry As You Age Marietta, GA

Dentistry As You Age

Marietta GA Dentist for Elderly Patients

Just like other parts of your body, your mouth experiences specific changes as you age. In fact, dental care for the geriatric population can look very different from that of children and younger adults. It is important to acknowledge and address the unique needs of your teeth and gums at every stage of life.

There are both environmental and biological factors that put aging adults at a greater risk for dental problems. Common dental concerns for seniors include gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer. There are various reasons for this, including the following:

Dry Mouth:  While it is normal to produce less saliva as you age, dry mouth is also a side effect for more than 500 medications. Despite the discomfort from dealing with a dry mouth, it can also make aging adults more susceptible to gum disease and decay. Saliva rinses away food particles and bacteria from the teeth and gums, and it also aids in neutralizing the acids in the mouth. Without your spit, the oral environment can become threatening.

Smaller Tooth Nerves:  As we grow older, the nerves in our teeth can become smaller, which can make issues like tooth decay less noticeable. When dental issues like cavities get diagnosed late, it can lead to worsening problems and more complex treatment.

Shrinking Gums and Enamel Wear: The natural aging process can include shrinking gum tissues, which leaves the teeth more exposed to infection and decay. In addition, the outer layer of the teeth (enamel) can wear thin over time, which accelerates the vulnerability of the teeth.

Oral Cancer: The average age of an oral cancer diagnosis is 62 years old. Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue, and lips. Whether it is a family history of oral cancer or a lifetime of bad habits, it is important to know and recognize the symptoms of oral cancer as you age, which includes red or white spots, sores in the mouth or bleeding which does not disappear within two weeks.

If you consider yourself in the geriatric population, don’t count yourself out of a healthy and confident smile. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we take a proactive approach in helping seniors maintain their dental health, which may include special treatment for dry mouth, more regular trips to the dentist as well as appropriate tools for better dental hygiene. Many senior adults benefit from electric toothbrushes and water flossers that don’t require as much dexterity to get the job done. To learn more about keeping a brilliant smile as you age, please call Dr. Gilreath in Marietta.

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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Marietta, GA 30060

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