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The Healthy Smile Oral Health for Seniors For more than 20 years, the people of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties have relied on Dr. O'Neal for excellence in dentistry, as well as in caring and complete oral care.

How Do I Maintain Good Oral Health in My Senior Years? Your teeth can last a lifetime with proper home care and regular dental checkups. No matter what your age, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.

What Special Oral Health Issues Should I Know About as a Senior? Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may face certain issues in your senior years when it comes to your oral health. Wearing dentures, taking medications and general health conditions

Dr. David Beltran and Dr. Nadia O’Neal

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NuSmile team with Dr. David Beltran and Dr. Nadia O’Neal

are some of the issues many seniors face. Luckily, our doctors and staff at NuSmile can help you meet most of these challenges quite successfully. • Cavities and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth are more common in older adults. So it's important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and see your dentist regularly. • Sensitivity can be an increasing problem as one ages. Your gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel. These areas are particularly prone to pain due to cold or hot foods or beverages. In severe cases cold air, as well as sensitivity to sour and sweet drinks and foods, can occur. If you experience sensitivity, try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the problem persists, see your dentist, as the sensitivity may be an indication of a more serious condition, such as a cavity or a cracked or fractured tooth. • Dry Mouth is a common condition in seniors, and one that may be caused by medications or certain medical disorders. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth. Your dentist can recommend various methods to restore moisture in your mouth, as well as appropriate treatments or medications to

help prevent the problems associated with dry mouth. • Existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, can affect your oral health. Be sure to let your dentist know of any general health issues you're facing, so that he or she understands the whole situation and can help you meet your special requirements. • Dentures can make life easier for many seniors, but they require special care. Follow your dentist's instructions carefully and see your dentist if any problems arise. An annual checkup is recommended for longterm denture wearers. • Gum disease is a potentially serious condition that can affect people of all ages, but especially people over 40. A number of factors can increase the severity of gum disease, including: »»Bad diet »»Poor oral hygiene »»Systemic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. »»Environmental factors such as: stress and smoking »»Certain medications that can influence gum condition

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Because the earliest stages of gum disease are reversible, it is important to spot it early on. Regular dental checkups can insure early detection and treatment of gum disease. Best of all, it is easy to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place, by practicing proper oral hygiene. NuSmile is a private practice dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care for its patients. We use cutting edge technology, techniques, and materials to ensure our patients get the best care available to date. Moreover, we are devoted to provide you with the warm, gentle, and personal care that you deserve. If you have questions concerning dental needs or are interested in a free consultation or a 2nd opinion, give us call at 888-459-7432. NuSmile Dental is open 7 days a week for Emergencies and we look forward to serving you. www.gulfcoastfamily.org

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