3 Common Dental Issues in Seniors & How to Prevent Them

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As you age, you become more prone to any number of health conditions – and this remains true when it comes to your oral health. In fact, there are a number of common dental issues in seniors that can have an impact on your smile and overall health. By being aware of these common issues, you can take measures to prevent them.

Decay Caused by Dry Mouth

Even if you’ve never had a cavity in your life, many people become increasingly prone to tooth decay as they age. This often occurs as a result of dry mouth, which affects many seniors (especially those taking certain medications). Unfortunately, dry mouth makes it easier for the bacteria that cause decay to grow and spread, which is why taking steps to battle dry mouth is important. Some ways to treat it include chewing a sugar-free gum to stimulate production of saliva and using an over-the-counter moisturizing oral product.

Gum Disease

Gum disease in the form of gingivitis or periodontitis is also increasingly common among seniors. This disease causes inflammation and irritation of the gums and, in some cases, can actually lead to permanent bone loss in the jaw. If left untreated, tooth loss could occur as gums pull away from the teeth themselves. The best way to avoid gum disease is to stick with a regular brushing and flossing regimen, as well as scheduling dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year.

Mouth & Oral Cancers

Finally, oral cancers are a common issue among seniors, with about 35,000 cases diagnosed each year. By looking out for symptoms of oral cancers (such as open mouth sores or changes in the mouth, tongue, or lips) and having regular screenings performed by your dentist, you can reduce your risk or ensure early detection.

Overall, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from common dental problems as you age is to see your dentist regularly and stick with a solid oral care routine at home. If you’re looking for a College Station dentist you can trust with your changing oral health needs, contact Texas Avenue Dental online or by phone at (979) 693-5130 to set up an appointment today.

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Ring Dunk 101: Ways to Dunk Your Ring and Keep Your Teeth Healthy

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If you’re an Aggie, you’re probably getting geared up for the annual ring dunk. It’s both a tradition and a rite of passage — not to mention a great excuse for a celebration. Since it’s our job here at Texas Avenue Dental to care for your smile, we want to let you know about how to keep your teeth safe and healthy while you and your friends participate in the fun.

  • Protect your teeth. If you’re going to guzzle a pitcher of liquid as quickly as possible in order to catch that ring, there’s a good chance that the ring could suddenly plummet from the bottom of the pitcher right into your front teeth. Protect your teeth from cracks and chips by placing a thin guard over the front of your teeth. You can wear a mouthguard that only covers your front teeth so it won’t inhibit your drinking ability, but will still make sure you don’t need to make an emergency call to our office.
  • Drink in moderation. We know that the traditional method of the ring dunk is to chug a pitcher of beer so you’re the first one to get your ring waiting at the bottom, but there is a very good chance that consuming such a large quantity of beer quickly will make you sick. Alcohol is bad for your teeth going down (and coming back up!), and we want you to play it safe. If you’re going to drink, go easy, don’t go overboard, and remember not to get behind the wheel if you’ve had anything to drink.
  • Find a non-alcoholic alternative. Better yet, skip the beer altogether. Some Aggies choose to go the non-alcoholic route, which will make your stomach and your teeth grateful. You can opt for soda, iced tea, water, or even fruit juice, but room-temperature, non-carbonated, sugar-free drinks are easier on your teeth than something cold, bubbly, and loaded with sugar. Drinking a pitcher of anything isn’t a walk in the park so you’ll still participate in the challenge and have a great time.
  • Brush well afterwards. No matter what your beverage of choice, if you are downing anything with lots of sugar and carbonation, it’s a recipe for cavities. After a long celebration, you’re going to want to fall right into bed, but don’t forget to brush all of that sugar and residue off your teeth and use a good mouthwash afterwards. You’ll wake up in the morning feeling thankful that you took a few minutes to take care of your teeth and keep that post-party sour taste in your mouth at bay.

Texas Avenue Dental wants you to have a safe, fun ring dunking celebration this year. Don’t forget to contact us to schedule your next appointment and ask about our student discount.

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Methods Of Paying For Dental Care After Retirement

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Dental care after retirement is very important. As we age our teeth require more care than they did when we are younger. With age, our teeth and bones tend to break down and it is important to see a dentist regularly so that any problems receive attention immediately. In order to maintain dental health, some sensible planning really helps when Paying for Dental Care After Retirement.

Supplemental Insurance

Be sure to obtain supplemental insurance that covers the expenses that Medicare doesn’t. By doing this you will not have to worry about coming up with the additional money that dentist visits will require. You can go for your regular visits and emergency services as long as you continue to keep your insurance. There are many companies to choose from so be sure to find the one that covers your needs more closely. In order to find out if the company has services and prices that fit your needs, you should look at their website or even call one of their customer service representatives.

Care Credit

If you don’t decide to go with supplemental insurance you can apply for a form of credit called Care Credit through that will allow you to make payments on services just as you would through a regular credit card. You can call for more information and in most cases get an answer right away. This is especially helpful in an emergency situation where the treatment required takes place on short notice or if the cost of the services exceeds your out-of-pocket budget at that time.

Discounts for Seniors

We give a 5% discount for senior citizens to help you save on your dental care. We want you to be healthy and happy, and we are committed to providing you with exceptional dental care. Ready to schedule an appointment? Call our friendly team today!

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Tips to Make Brushing Quick and Easy for Your Child

espinozaDentists recommend brushing your teeth two to three times per day. Unfortunately, our kids don’t always see eye to eye with this advice, so as parents we need to look for creative ways to push our children to develop good brushing habits. Being a busy parent doesn’t mean having to give up on getting your children to brush properly when you adopt a few tips and tricks to push this important issue.

Organize Your Routines

Combine your morning and bedtime routines, if possible. Not only will you save time when you have a busy day ahead of you or wish to hop into bed, your kids will learn from imitation. Brushing and flossing together may not sound like a bonding experience, but it will help teach your child how important it is to take care of their teeth. You can also make sure your child is brushing for the correct amount of time if you are in the bathroom taking care of your own oral needs.

Make Brushing a Game

If you are spending so much time trying to force your unwilling child to brush his or her teeth, turn it into a game! Don’t make the act of brushing into such a chore that your child will dread with angry pleading or shouting. Try singing a song through the toothpaste bubbles while you brush together. Challenge your child to create as many bubbles as possible with their toothbrush and paste. You may promise an extra bedtime story or five more minutes of playtime if they brush without a complaint.

Let Your Children Decide

Let your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste from the store. There are dozens of brands on the market that cater to young kids, and they will be more likely to brush their teeth if they have a fun character or colored toothbrush to use. Many children also enjoy a child’s toothpaste that is designed to be a tad sweeter when they brush.

With enough practice, we believe our tips will encourage your child to enjoy brushing and flossing and to adopt the habit on their own.

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Student Discount Dentist in College Station

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Students are notoriously broke. If you’re a student you may no longer be on your parents’ insurance plan, you may be trying to put your way through college, or you may simply not have time to work enough hours for any extra expenses. We know a large part of our city here is made up of currently enrolled Aggies. We understand how hard it can be (we were once students too!) and we really truly believe that you should still come in to the dentist twice a year to prevent any problems that might come up later. To make your life a little easier, we’ve created a discount at our dental office just for students.

Student Discounts So You See The Dentist

Dr. Espinoza offers a 5% student discount to help you afford your dental care. In addition to this, we accept Care Credit so you can break up your payments over a number of months so your payments can be even smaller. If you just need preventive, routine care (teeth cleaning, check-up, X-rays) then we believe with your discount, your payments could be as less than your cell phone bill if you qualify! Most students neglect their dental care because they don’t see any problems with their teeth. We want you to know that even if you don’t see plaque or tartar on your teeth, this layer of biofilm (bacteria) is still present, and can only be removed by a dental professional. If you don’t have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, you will eventually develop tooth decay and cavities, and potentially gum disease.

Affordable Dental Care in College Station

We also offer discounts to military veterans, uninsured patients, and senior citizens. At Texas Avenue Dental, we truly believe that dental care should be accessible to every budget. If you’re ready to schedule your dental appointment, you can contact us online here, or call us at (979) 693-5130!

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