Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

Changes in our mouth as we age…..

Have you started to notice some things changing in your mouth as you get older? Here are some common dental concerns as we age….

Keeping up with your good oral hygiene habits and continuing regular dental visits will keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Tooth decay

Cavities aren’t just a problem for your sugared up grandchildren.

Patients over 60 tend to experience cavities around older fillings or at the root of their teeth. With age the root of your tooth often softens and becomes exposed. Additionally, medical conditions like arthritis or Parkinson’s can make brushing or flossing difficult, leading to increased tooth decay, as well as issues with your gums.

Gum disease

While gum disease affects patients at all ages, there are additional concerning factors for seniors. Poorly fitting dentures and bridges, inadequate diet, use of tobacco products, chronic conditions, and certain medications can all lead to ongoing gum disease.

Oral cancer

If you have a history of tobacco or alcohol use, you’ll benefit from oral cancer screenings. As with any cancer, the earlier oral cancer is caught, the better the chances for a favorable outcome. You don’t even have to ask, we examine your mouth for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions as part of every routine dental visit, as well as conducting your yearly Velscope exam which shows us any underlying tissue issues.

Shifting teeth

You may notice that a previous gap in your teeth has narrowed or disappeared. Or that food is getting stuck in new places.

As you age, your teeth start to shift. This can make cleaning difficult, which leads to decay. Seeing us more often will help keep decay from becoming dangerous.

Oral hygiene tips

The most important hygiene tips at any age are to: Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss at least once a day and continue with your regular visits to our office!

Deal of the Day

* Includes necessary X-rays, Velscope Oral Cancer Screening and periodontal examination
(New Patients Only, excludes cleaning. Not billable to insurance)

Trusted in the Community

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

I never thought that a person could enjoy going to the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Mullaney. Her attractive and serene office and Dr. Mullaney and her competent and friendly staff make every visit a pleasure. They have a gift for making each experience smooth and efficient, with meticulous attention to the patient’s needs and comfort. On a scale of 1 to 10 this practice is a 15!

Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!