Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

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
Dr. Valentine is very very nice and very patient with me I know I can be a difficult patient at times. I am thankful to her and her staff
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Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
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Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
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very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
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Saw me immediately for dental emergency
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Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
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Very accommodating
James K.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
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Great service and everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
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It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
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Great folks to be around during a trip to the dentist. Everything went perfectly! I was in and out before I knew it.
Chris T.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
Painless!
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I had a good experience this past Friday. I had 2 teeth extracted by Dr. Valentine. She did a great job. She is very nice and professional at the […]
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I have been treated with respect from the front desk, Dentist to the paying of my bill. This is from a life long dentist hater who is no longer in […]
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Fast, great service from friendly staff.
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treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
polite and painless
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This is my first visit. The staff is very nice on the phone and in person. I really like Dr. Valentine. She is thorough,caring of my needs and made […]
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I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
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I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
Excellent service and great advice.
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Great dentist, very personable and put me at ease right away. And that's saying something since you usually have to gas me before I'd let you near me.
Dusty T.
Caring, patient treatment. Answered all of my questions and kept me apprised of what was going on. Friendly, excellent and painless care. Very good!
Daniel M.
I was able to get in the same day for a broken filling replacement. I was explained my options to fix the tooth along with the financial impact […]
Curt L.
Friendly, accommodating, and most importantly the work that's been done on my teeth is fantastic. I could ask for anything more in a practice.
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Always a good experience
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Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
Dr. Valentine is very personable, and truly seems to care. She makes sure that you see your X-rays in order to understand exactly what may be an […]
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The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
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I have finally found a dentist (Dr. Valentine) who is absolutely amazing. She is professional, sincere and efficient. I never leave her office […]
Melinda A.
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
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Matthew R.
As always, I had a great visit.
Lucy D.
As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
I was taken on time. Service was quick and painless. I had a filling done and a cleaning the previous week. Everyone from the receptionist to the […]
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They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
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The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
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Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 643-4417
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