Tuesday, May 20, 2014


A Good Time To Be A Senior

May is a great month for seniors!  Many high school seniors are getting ready for their graduation, excited about prom, and looking forward to their upcoming freedom.

College seniors are reminiscing about their years of hard work and getting ready to graduate and possibly join the” real world”.
And of course there is that fast-rising and all important group of people known as “senior citizens!”  No matter what your definition of senior citizen is (many people define it as “someone older than me!”)  There is no question that today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever before, and can expect to live many years past retirement.
One thing you may not know is that seniors have their own set of dental health issues that need to be addressed.  Here are some common topics that we discuss with our senior patients at Dr. McGarry’s office.

  • Getting To The Root Of The Problem.–When the gums recede , the root surface of the tooth is frequently exposed.  This area is much more porous than tooth enamel and thus more prone to cavities.  Fluoride application and frequent dental visits can help control this difficult  to treat problem.
  • Are You Sensitive– The same areas that are exposed when the gums recede can be very sensitive to hot, cold, sweets and more.  We have a great sealer that we can put over the roots to help.  The potassium nitrate in sensitivity toothpastes can help also.  Please let us know if the problem persists.
  • It Feels Like The Sahara Desert In Here–As a person ages, salivary flow can decrease, and many medications can cause dry mouth.  Make sure you stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (not alcoholic beverages they dehydrate you!)  We recommend specific products and rinses to help alleviate the discomfort.  
  • What Does That Have To Do With It? –Believe it or not many health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease  or cancer can affect your oral health.  Please be sure to review your current medical conditions  with us so that we can make proper recommendations for you!

Be True To Your Teeth Or They’ll Be False to You! — In the old days it was assumed that aging meant loss of teeth.  Fortunately these days, especially with the help of regular dental visits, that simply isn’t true!  But if you have lost some or all of  your teeth, the options these days are better than ever!  People of any age should be able to eat comfortably, speak normally, and smile attractively!!

Whether you are a high school senior, college senior, senior citizen or anything else- At Dr McGarry’ s office we are here for you. drmcgarry.com  810-735-9426

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