Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

What You Need to Know About Oral Care for Seniors

Did you know that preventive dental care can prevent disease and help seniors forgo more expensive dental work in the future? Proper oral health is important to the overall wellbeing of Americans of all ages. If you are a senior, here is everything you need to know about teeth cleaning and oral care

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Heightened Risk
Seniors are at special risk for certain conditions that affect oral care, such as dry mouth, diabetes, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease. In fact, nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay, and nearly a quarter of those between 65 and 74 have severe gum disease. Dry mouth may be caused by medications or certain medical disorders. Gum disease may be worsened by systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer that disproportionately affect older populations.

Simple Guidelines
Fortunately, the early stages of gum disease are reversible, and regular check-ups with your dentist and good oral hygiene can ensure early detection and treatment. Like dental patients of all ages, seniors should be sure to brush their teeth twice per day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once daily, and have regular professional cleanings by a dentist.

Special Procedures
If you are like many older adults, you may rely on crowns and bridges to strengthen damaged teeth or replace missing ones. If you have weakened, chipped, or missing teeth, talk to your dentist about how a crown can cap and strengthen a damaged tooth. Crowns can also improve your teeth’s appearance and shape and give you a straighter smile. If you are missing more than one tooth, your dentist may recommend a bridge or dental implants.

To learn more about maintaining a bright and healthy smile at any age, call Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates today at (212) 279-1232. Our Manhattan office provides a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for New York children, teens, and adults. 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday