Seniors & Oral Health

Proper oral care can keep you smiling for a lifetime. Brushing at least twice a day (and after every meal when possible) with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush are as important as ever. Flossing can help save teeth by removing plaque between teeth and below the gum-line where your toothbrush can't reach.

Good periodontal (gum) health is critical for keeping your teeth all your life. Poor periodontal health is commonly referred to as gum disease. Gum disease can cause the loss of teeth when the roots of the teeth are no longer firmly supported by the gums and bone of the jaws. Fortunately, many gum problems respond well to treatment.

Oral cancer most often occurs in people over 40. See Dr. Mahlin immediately if you notice any red or white patches on your gums or tongue, and watch for sores that fail to heal. Unfortunately, oral cancer is frequently difficult to detect in early stages, when it is most easily cured. Most denture wearers may not visit their dentists often enough and are prone to developing problems that go unnoticed. Dr. Mahlin should perform a thorough examination to screen for signs of cancer on a regular basis.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) occurs when salivary glands fail to work properly due to disease, certain medications, or cancer treatment. This can result in difficulty eating, swallowing, speaking and tasting your food. Radiation therapy can lead to severe complications, so it is advisable to see your dentist before beginning any form of cancer treatment. Drinking lots of water, avoiding sweets, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine are some ways to fight dry mouth. Dr. Mahlin can also prescribe medications to fight severe cases of xerostomia.

Recent studies indicate that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep your body healthier and help you avoid diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The best way to achieve good oral health is to visit Dr. Mahlin for a thorough examination and cleaning at least twice a year.

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If you have any questions about your oral health, Dr. Mahlin would be happy to discuss them with you.


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Everyone at the practice is super friendly, starting from the front desk to Dr. Mahlin. I normally get the first appointment in the morning and I have never had to wait. I have been going to them for probably 20 years and have never had an issue that isn't promptly resolved. Last time I had my crown done, Dr. Mahlin even gave me his mobile number in case of an issue. I'll definitely recommend them.

Sanjiv Bhatia

Dr. Mahlin and his staff are absolutely wonderful! His bedside manner is among the best, if not the best, when it comes to compassionate, patient-centered care. He even called me after I had a new crown placed just to see how I was doing. He's thoughtful, gentle (both as a person and as a dentist), and most importantly is excellent at dentistry! His staff couldn't be friendlier or more accomodating and I have never had a long wait in the waiting room. I would give him 10 stars if this rating scale allowed it!

Gregory Polites

Kim, my hygienist, is the best, she has a passion for insuring she does her best to ensure patient comfort and that I will leave with the cleanest teeth and gums as well as a plan for addressing potential issues! Dr. Mahlin is very professional in his final inspection and verification of any of Kim's findings while performing the cleaning. An added bonus that Dr. Mahlin provides is a follow up call in the evening to ensure that your experience that day for treatment has gone as expected and there aren't any abnormalities. Very Caring person!

John Helbing

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