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We are faced with a different set of challenges at every stage of life. Your dental health is no different. Just because you were a gold star dental patient as a child or young adult doesn’t give you the chance to slack off as an aging adult. There are specific dental health risks that the elderly population must stay on top of in order to maintain a healthy smile. Whether it is overcoming an oral health side effect from your medication or finding ways to brush your teeth after a loss of dexterity and strength, your dentist can help you establish the necessary preventative measures that can preserve your smile. Here are some common dental health risks to be aware of as an aging or elderly patient.

Gum Disease
The risk for gum disease increases with our age. There is also a link, according to recent research studies, that show a link between periodontal disease and osteoporosis. By recognizing the need to prevent and treat early signs of gum disease, you can literally save your teeth. The leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease.
Dry Mouth
Many older adults experience dry mouth. There are many health conditions that cause dry mouth and it is very common for dry mouth to be caused by a specific medication you are taking. Although you may simply dismiss this side effect as disruptive or uncomfortable, it can threaten your oral health as well. Dry mouth puts you at risk for gum disease and cavities. Your mouth needs a proper amount of salvia to fight bacteria and neutralize acids. Make sure you tell your dentist if you suffer from dry mouth on a daily basis.
Poor Hygiene Habits
The elderly may find it difficult to brush and floss like they used to. Be sure to take note if you or someone you care for has trouble with the dexterity and strength it takes to brush properly. There are many electronic toothbrushes and even electronic flossers that can help aging adults get their oral hygiene routine accomplished more easily and correctly.
Receding Gums
Gum recession is a normal part of the natural aging process. However, you can slow the recession of your gums through diligent flossing and brushing. If your teeth become sensitive because of receding gums, you may benefit from a gum graft procedure.

Above all, do not skip your dental appointments. You may need more frequent dental visits to monitor tooth wear, pain and medication side effects as an aging adult. As a caregiver of an elderly patient, you will want to be sure to bring a medication list to assist the dentist. You may also request that the office environment be adjusted to meet the patient’s needs. Turning down any loud music or lowering the blinds can make a big difference in comfort and tolerability for an elderly patient. Group Health Dental is dedicated to making sure patients of all ages are at ease during their dental appointments and they are equipped to diagnose and treat common dental problems in the aging population.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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