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Seniors may sometimes require specialized dental care to treat problems that come with age. At Vellore Woods Dental, we provide high-end dental maintenance and care to seniors. Senior dental care prioritizes preventative care and mostly consists of oral checkups and examinations.

Common Senior Dental Problems

Older people typically have a higher risk of running into specific dental problems. Below are some of the most common issues that seniors may encounter.

Gum Disease

There are many causes of gum disease in seniors. Gum disease is mostly the result of a lifetime of poor habits and lifestyle diseases. A lacking dental care routine, smoking, and untreated tooth decay can increase the risk for gum disease.

Gum conditions can also be the result of dentures that don’t fit properly. If you have diabetes or any of risk factors above, it may be worth your while to schedule regular professional teeth cleaning sessions. If you already have gum disease, seeking treatment will prevent the loss of teeth and jaw bone density.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition that causes a lack of saliva. Dry mouth is more common in the aging population and is generally a side effect of medications. Xerostomia has a wide range of symptoms that include problems with speech and salivary gland infections.

Dry mouth can also affect a senior’s dental health. More frequent gum disease, the accumulation of plaque, and tooth decay are typical results of dry mouth. If you suffer from xerostomia, make sure that you drink enough fluids and that you remove your dentures when you sleep. Visit your dentist once a year for an examination and routine tooth cleaning.

Our team of dental professionals may also provide suggestions of products and nutritional facts that can help with dry mouth and make it easier to cope with.

Blood clotting

Gum bacteria that leads to the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth can move from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase the risk of cardiovascular conditions.

As the years go by, poor dental hygiene can cause bleeding gums, giving Streptococcus bacteria an accessway into the bloodstream. Daily flossing and brushing your teeth may not be enough to prevent the development of bacteria. You also have to increase your visits to the dentist.

Tooth Loss

The number one cause of tooth loss is not old age, but periodontal disease. As a senior, however, your risk for periodontal disease increases significantly.

Periodontal disease wears down the supporting tissues in your mouth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice per day can reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

Scheduling regular professional tooth cleaning sessions will also prevent the development of harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Teeth Darkening

As the enamel layer around a tooth starts to get thinner, it exposes more of the underlying layer of dentin. The result is that your teeth become darker in color. The intake of coffee, tea, and red wine can also cause discoloration of your teeth. If your teeth are getting darker, ask your dentist what teeth whitening treatments they recommend.  

Contact Us

Vellore Woods Dental in Vaughn and the GTA offers a wide range of dental services to seniors. If you experience any of the conditions listed above, contact us today to schedule a check-up and routine teeth cleaning. We are always accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you soon.

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Dear Patients,

We are pleased to WELCOME YOU BACK! We are practicing SAFE DENTISTRY!

Rest assured that we have taken steps above what was required. After all, your health is our highest priority. We are finally OPEN and look forward to seeing you again soon!


  • When we speak with you regarding your appointment, we will be asking you additional screening questions. Patients who exhibit any symptoms will need to postpone their treatment.
  • When you arrive to your appointment, please wait in your car until your appointment time and bring as little as possible into the office with you.
  • If you have a mask or face covering, we encourage you to wear one to your appointment.
  • We will ask that you sanitize/wash your hands with soap and water upon entering the office and before leaving.
  • There will be a consent form for patients to sign upon arrival and we want you to know that the guidelines in place currently have staff member signing off on a daily consent that ensures they are ready and prepared to provide treatment in the safest possible way.

We want to assure everyone that our office takes the safety and health of our patients, their families, team members and doctors very seriously. Although our operations will be slightly different today than they were previously, we are excited to finally welcome you all back in a slow and safe manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of transition to the new normal.

Your Dental Team