Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums Through the Retirement Years
September 16, 2019
Establishing and maintaining great oral health takes some work – especially for senior patients. As we age, the risks for developing common oral health conditions are higher. Years of wear and tear on our teeth along with the side effects of systemic health conditions and common medications can impact our oral health. Our family dentist treats patients of all ages, including seniors.
While the risks for oral disease are higher among older patients, it’s still possible to enjoy vibrant oral wellness. Following are a few tips to help you safeguard the health of your teeth and gums.
Healthy Food and Drink Choices
What we eat and drink does affect our oral health. Beyond choosing foods to nourish our body, we should avoid items high in sugar and acid. Consuming sugary foods and drinks feeds bacteria that contribute to conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
Acid is problematic, too, because it erodes tooth enamel. Our tooth enamel serves as a protective barrier over teeth. When enamel is healthy, bacteria cannot penetrate to the softer structures of teeth to form cavities. Many people develop tooth enamel damage as they age. Avoiding acidic beverages and foods can reduce your risks for further enamel loss.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Committing to a vigilant oral hygiene routine can help stave off common oral health concerns. All patients – especially older ones – must brush and floss thoroughly on a daily basis. Flossing is most effective just before bedtime and you should brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes each session.
If you wear prosthetics like bridges and dentures, we encourage you to speak with our dentist for product recommendations such as water irrigators as they can help keep your gums free of debris.
Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Keeping routine appointments for checkups and cleanings can make a world of difference in your oral health. Regular checkups give our family dentist a chance to catch potential problems early on when they’re easier to treat. Cleanings are an affordable and non-invasive way to prevent the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
Give our team at Forever Young Dentistry a call if it’s time for a checkup or cleaning.
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Don on dental fillings
Well, when I came to Dr. Young, I had been with one of these chain dentist organizations and was not happy with it. When I came here, they did a analysis of the oral work that needed to be done. As a result I ended up having a lot of old, big fillings and lead in my teeth pulled out, teeth caped. It was wonderful to get caps done in less than a couple of hours versus the old traditional way of getting a tooth caped. After work has been done here, I have never had to return to Dr. Young even for an adjustment on the dental work that’s been done. I have no problem chewing, there’s no pain ever. I associate that with the type of dentistry that I’m now receiving, because this is not a cookie box dentist. This is a dentist whose staff and the dentist care about you as an individual. They’re truly concerned over your dental health, and they do one quality job.
Ursula on the professionalism of the staff and technology
I love the staff. I love the doctor. He has been nothing but professional. I like that he had technology and everything that’s going on here. I came from a practice that was old fashioned. When I told him my tooth was hurting and he says, “Well, there’s nothing we can do. Just wait till it breaks”, and it did break and then I came here.
The professionalism here and the high technology that he’s got going, and he never hurt me, it was awesome, just awesome. When somebody says anything about a dentist, I says, “I have the best dentist. You’ve got to go see him.” Honest to God I keep saying that over and over.
Nancy on Veneers
I looked for a little while. I had been with somebody else for a while and wasn’t always happy with the scheduling. They weren’t always on time. I pushed in some of the practices and I called my children’s orthodontist and I said I don’t want somebody you play golf with. I want somebody who’s good. He recommended this practice. I had veneers before this and they weren’t quite what they should have been. I came to him and spoke to him about improving my smile, improving my overall dental health and he seemed to … he just seemed to have a good attitude about what should be done, what not to bother with. I don’t think people realize that I have veneers. I think I had to have anesthesia once and I said something like, “I have veneers” and they were surprised. This practice is very efficient, he’s very efficient. I’ve always been happy with the work that he’s done. The office staff and the hygienists, they are all very cordial, very professional. They are a very great support group for doctor Young.
Carol on restoring confidence in her smile
I get lots of complements on my teeth. I don’t look at my teeth like that but I’m glad that at the age of 49, I can smile without saying they’re fake or they’ve been veneered. He has removed almost all of the metal out of my mouth and slowly when the fillings were getting loose, he didn’t just say, “Let’s just rip them out slowly.” I have porcelain fillings so my smile would be prettier. I’ve had crowns. A crown in a day basically. It’s amazing how they do this, the technology.
The girls are amazing at how they get it prepared and Dr. Young comes in and look at it and he’s like, “Maybe we could tweak it here,” and they’d show all different angles and then you walk out and your tooth is in. Right away it’s done. No pain. No downtime. It’s amazing system. I mean, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. There’s only one doctor. I have [inaudible 01:06] lots of friends here and they’ve very happy. My family comes here, and extended family. There is only one doctor.
Mary on dental crowns and financing
My husband and I have both had to have crowns put on our teeth over the last couple of years. Crowns are not … It doesn’t go easily into your budget. Let’s put it that way.
They have always, always, always offered us financing options that we are very easily able to fit into budget. We’re both retired now, so that’s kind of an important consideration. Quite honestly, coming to this dental office, affording my dental care is the least of our concerns.
They go out of their way to be just super, super friendly. I know that the care that I’m getting is going to be unrivaled any other place I could go. I’ve been a longtime patient. My children, when they were growing up, came here. My husband comes here, so it’s kind of a family affair for us.
If anybody were to ask me, “We’re in the market for a dentist. Who could you recommend?” absolutely, Dr. Young. Come here. You won’t be sorry.
J Scot on being able to chew better
I’ve been in business here in the metropolitan Detroit area for 20 years. One important lesson I learned is if you’re lucky enough to find a good service provider you stay with them. That’s why 3 generations of my family work with Dr. Young and his team here at Forever Young Dentistry. There’s a lot of competition out there, but why Dr. Young? Simple, 3 reasons. One attention to detail, Dr. Young takes a very holistic view with each and every patients care. He’s concerned with your oral health, but also those key linkages between your oral health and how that affects your overall physical health and well being. Very, very important.
Second is technology, they’ve got the state of the art equipment here and they follow the world renowned processes with each and every application of patient care. Last but not least from my view from a business perspective, I get tremendous value. Concierge like services at a very competitive price. Why wouldn’t I come here? In my particular case, the help I needed was with some back teeth, with some molars. When you’re chewing and processing and metabolizing food, you need that grinding power. It’s really, really helped me a lot. I’ve said my quality of life has improved dramatically. My ability to eat the types of foods I want when I want has gone up phenomenally and worldwide. It’s a good thing for me.
Now I have to watch myself I don’t eat too much food, so it’s good and bad news that Dr. Young has helped me. Never the less for me, for my overall well being and for my overall health it’s been a phenomenal improvement. His chair-side manner is such that he puts everyone at ease. I know for a lot of people going to the dentist is fueled with anxiety and angst et cetera. Dr. Young makes it very, very easy for you. Like anybody else in any kind of a angst filled or tense situation, you don’t like surprises. They take the extra effort to make sure you’re not surprised. The outcomes are always predictable which is the best case of all.
Mike on the friendly staff
I think he’s the best. He does everything. He’s always trying to improve and always getting new equipment. He stays on the leading edge of everything in dentistry, I appreciate that fact. He’s willing to invest. He does a good job. He’ll do root canals. I don’t have to go to another doctor for that. He has a crown machine. He makes his crowns, so it’s a one-stop shop for your crown. You don’t have to get a temporary and then come back, unless you have an infection. Dr. Mike surrounds himself with wonderful staff that keep you happy. They’re always smiling. In addition to having a good practice, he’s surrounded by a good staff. I recommend him to everybody, and I speak very highly of him.
Steve on getting invisalign
You know, my 50s, early 50s, I wasn’t concerned about the overall smile, but I knew that my bite wasn’t perfect and that the wear on my teeth and just. I knew that they needed some attention or, as he explained, there was probably going to be repair work to be done down the road as a result of my bite. He was pretty good and walked me through the options. I mean, I was in braces as one, and I wasn’t thrilled about that one. Then about a year ago, maybe a little over a year ago, Invisalign technology had advanced to the point or improved to the point where it was an option for the corrections that I needed.
He walked me through what it was going to be. Didn’t have to necessarily go to the orthodontist, he is representing and working hand in hand with the orthodontist to make sure that I get the right correctlion. Frankly, at a probably better price than I would have gotten at directly through the orthodontist. It was a win win. Not having to have the [lawyers 00:01:01], not having to have the standard braces. That’s when I said yes.
I really like the people here, being able to just interact with them. It’s almost like you come in, you’re catching up a little bit since the last time you saw them. I’m very comfortable with the care, the people and everything about the practice.
Gabriel on getting dental crowns
Well, we moved from Mexico two years ago, two years and a half ago. We needed to find a dentist not only for me, but for my family. We found this dentist down here near by, and now all the members in the family are being attended here. I came here with some issues, and I think that we’ve have been able to fix every single issue.
I’m talking about not only, obviously not only cleaning, but also other activities. Now is the first time that I am facing crowns, the need of having crowns. I have three crowns now. I normally have a lot of questions about this type of works or services that are related with our health. Thinking that I have received satisfactory answers for every single question, that’s why I decided to go ahead with the first crown, and after two years, now I have three.
It’s a nice atmosphere here. Being honest. The attention that we receive from every member here in this dentistry.
Adam on not being scared to see Dr. Young
I like to do it because it’s pretty nice and I like the prizes.
They’re very nice and I like watching the T.V. that they put on. My favorite cartoon is Tom and Jerry.
I’ve learned that I have brushed my teeth everyday.
You should floss everyday to get your … to get the extra stuff that your toothbrush can’t get out of your teeth.
I like the taste after I have my cavities filled.
I’m never scared to come and see Dr. Young.
Besnik on improving his bite
I am patient in this office for more than 12 years so I know him as my doctor, family doctor for more than 12 years. I think this is the best place for me and my family to take care of. Well, before I had a lot of problems in biting, a lot of cavities. My biting wasn’t right away, I had really old fillings. All these kind of stuff, it’s not anymore in my mouth. It looks nicer, smiling is much better, biting is way better, and it’s more healthy. I think in part of my health situation, he give me 2 options. He said, “Are you going to fix your mouth permanently?”, because I am 55 years old already right now, “Do you want to keep your mouth whole life to use it, or you want to just fix temporarily?” I said, “I’m going to first plan because it’s better one and healthier with healthier teeth affecting your body system.”
Yeah, I decided to do the implants. During this process, I felt comfortable. All the time I came here, they took care of me, no pain, free pain, so I liked it. Excellent place to go, excellent people to take care of you. For me, it’s the best place in Oakland County for dentist care. Very good place, good people, respectful, and so everything is perfect in here. We feel like a family.
Joshua & Grace on improving their oral health
When me and my sister were little we had constipation problems, so my mom would give us grape juice to be normal. We did that and we came here and we had a lot of cavities and stuff. Dr. Young, he said that we can’t have a lot of grape juice. We can’t have grape juice because it makes us have a lot of cavities and stuff, so we stopped that.
When I was younger, I had a loose tooth, so we came here and just with a little twist he got it out. I love Forever Young Dentistry because they have iPod’s we can play on, watch movies on, watch videos. It’s really fun because when he does my teeth he actually cracks jokes and everything like that. I laugh and it’s actually really fun.
Tamara on family dentistry
Oh, there’s nobody like Dr. Young. He is amazing with children, and having 9 children, I can’t tell you what a relief it is when the kids actually look forward to go to the dentist instead of scream and cry. He goes the extra mile. For example, one time one of our daughters, her filling was so big that it actually came out. He came in here on a Saturday just to put the filling in, but he did all of that for her, because he didn’t want her to be in the pain. That’s just the kind of doctor he is. It’s so worth it to drive 45 minutes. It’s nothing for me because it’s hard to find someone that’s as caring as he is. Not only is he wonderful, and kind, and caring, but he really, really knows what he’s doing. That means a lot to me especially coming from …
I have a severe health history. I’ve had heart failure and all kinds of things, so when I research a doctor, I want to make sure that they know what they’re doing. Not just that they’re nice and everything, and so that’s what I love about Dr. Young, is he really knows his stuff, and you can rest assured that whatever he tells you to do is the best thing that you need to do at that time.
We love Forever Young Dentistry.
Matt on root canal treatment
You know, I’ve had two root canals done overall and I called Mike, actually, for a recommendation to a root-canal specialist not even knowing that he did that. It was really nice not to have to go to another dental office with somebody you don’t know to have a special procedure done that might or might not be painful. A lot of times, if you’ve never had it done, it can be kind of anxiety because, you know, a lot of the unknown, but being able to come here and have him do it kind of removed a lot of that anxiety over the procedure, knowing that how he takes care of you on a regular basis with regular dental practices could be applied to the same time as a root canal. It was a real pleasure to be able to come to the same guy you always do to have that process done.
Mike’s got a great bedside manner because he has a tendency to keep it light. He likes, I’m going to say joke and have fun, but I think he might do that more with me than he would with somebody else, but I think that’s really his expertise is his ability to mirror and match and adjust his style to the person in the chair to make them comfortable. With me, he keeps it light and has fun where I think with other people, he has another nurturing type tendencies to make them feel comfortable.
If you’re unsure of your current situation from an overall dental or oral health standpoint, to give Mike a try because he cares about his patients more than just what’s going on with their oral health. He cares about them as people as well. Really, the whole staff kind of takes people in as almost like an extended family. They worry about you when you leave. Make sure you’re okay just as much as he is.
Barbara on the patient care
I’ve just been through a long two years of multiple myeloma. He’s been able to work through that. Because I couldn’t have dental care, so he has worked with me through this whole long process to keep my teeth, my mouth, my smile. All that helps you inside, helps you smile, helps you feel better about yourself. That’s what you need. To me, the important thing is that he cares about me. That’s what’s been nice about coming here is he was so good to me. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. I have always said, if you need a dentist, come here. They’re friendly, they’re kind, they’re caring. They know you. It’s like a family. That’s important when somebody’s taking care of you.
Anna on dental crowns
The enhanced treatment that he offers is this computer generated ability to formulate your crown. The technicians who are certified sit right next to you, and between you and them over a period of a couple of hours, they formulate you crown. It’s made and put on, and the whole process is excellent. It’s really excellent. I’ve had no problem with any portion of that, and I feel comfortable in the length of time that I’m here. They always keep you appraised of what they’re doing, how long it’s going to take.
I like the fact that it’s done in the office all in one appointment. You walk out with a new crown and you can smile at anyone at that time. Dr. [inaudible 00:00:50] has always been very skilled with all of the procedures. Technically he’s excellent. He explains everything. He’s always pleasant, he’s always here. Never had a problem even making an appointment. Again, he’s very thorough with letting you know what you need, what is going on, even during the procedure. I just find the entire office very highly skilled, professional, and I like them.
Forever Young Dentistry is forever in my life.
Carrie on why she loves coming to see Dr. Young
Well, I really enjoy coming to Dr. Young’s Forever Young Dentistry. I can tell you that I work in the dental industry so it’s been just the most enjoyable services, whether it’s for the dental cleanings, myself, my husband, our two daughters come her, so all of us are totally satisfied from both the hygiene standpoint and with what other dental work we’ve had to have done. I know Dr. Young has the most advanced technology. He is the most passionate about dentistry, which I know I’m getting trusted care. He definitely always has taken the education as the most important for him and his staff, so it’s always cutting edge. Best practice, best patient outcome treatments. Between he and his assistants, they’re always explaining the procedure. He’s always checking with the patient from a comfort level, so that’s again, during the procedure it’s been pain free. Leaving, coming, they call, check back with you if there is any complications, they’re immediately getting you back in here if there were problems, so it’s just all about number one patient care. Absolutely would recommend this practice. I’ve talked to many of my co-workers. I actually drive about 40 minutes to this practice, so even though I don’t live in this community, I drive that distance to come here for Dr. Young. As people ask me about my dentistry, what dentist you go to, certainly it’s very easy for me to tell them and highly recommend Dr. Young’s practice.
Steve G on general dentistry
When I first came in here, on my first visit, I know I two teeth that had to be extracted. They’re going to be extracted from a dentist who had retired. They were bothering me, seriously bothering me. They hurt. Right away, the doctors set up a plan to have those two teeth removed. Made me feel much better. I don’t really enjoy going to the dentist but I do look forward to my visits here because I know Dr. Young is going to take of me, is going to do a good job.
When I leave this practice, I have no pain and when the numbness wears off, there’s no pain as well. That’s one thing I really like about this practice. In the past, I’ve had some problems when I’ve had some dental work done, if it’s something major. I’m really happy with the way things are going. My teeth look better. I feel better personally. I know I’ve met a nice dentist and a nice staff. I just feel good. They’re so friendly when I come in here, so friendly.
Genavieve & Corinn on how Dr. Young takes care of their family
He is a very friendly guy and just great with kids also. My siblings love him. He’s very reasonable, teaches us good hygiene and just everything positive. You got to know how to treat a big family, it’s all chaotic. He is perfectly fine with everything and he takes every thing so well. If one of the kids is acting up here he’ll … “It’s all fine.” If some kid doesn’t like to have their teeth cleaned or whatever, he makes it fun for them. It’s good, everybody enjoys it here.
I like the hygienists. They are always talking to you, and they ask you “What’s up? How’ve you guys been?” They know you like you’re family, even though we only come here like twice a year. They all know us and they love us, even though we’re like she said “Crazy and chaotic.” It’s always chaotic when we come here. They treat us very well. They’re very kind and loving. Even if the kids are throwing fits, they always find someway to treat them awesome. They have the prize box and they’re like, “Yeah you were so good. You can pick two prizes instead.” The kids get all excited so it’s really nice.
I would tell them that he is very reasonable, a very kind person, generous. It’s just the people, they’re very nice and they don’t care about money, as much as they care about you having a good dentist office to go to … just getting your teeth in good shape.
I love my smile and I’m just very thankful for the care doctor Young has put into me.
Ted on overcoming dental anxiety
I know with my fear, it came from the folks. My folks. They always went, “Oh, you’re going to be okay. Everything will be fine. It’ll just hurt for a little while.” Michael, in particular, and obviously his staff, have done an amazing job on making that go away. Even at my age of 73, I mean, there are still times where I won’t sleep the night before going, “Oh men, I’m going to go to the dentist.” I hate it when this happens and everything else. The fear of dentistry, I always laugh with him. I go, “If you hurt me, I will hurt you back.” He states, “You’re going to be fine. Everything is great.” It is. I am constantly amazed when I walk out of this building, I have to remind myself that, “Okay, now the next time I have to go see Mike, I’ll be fine.” Just relax and know that this is a great place to come get the best treatment in the world. The girls are sensational. You come in to get your teeth cleaned or whatever.