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Older and Healthy…a Natural Match

Happy Senior WomanThe words “aging” and “healthy” don’t have to be either/or propositions. Fact is, in some ways, we grow healthier as we age. We’ve built up so many antibodies that our resistance to viruses increases. Years of brushing with fluoride toothpaste actually strengthen tooth enamel.

A little effort on your part now can help ensure you’ll feel as good as you’ll look—years from now. As mouths age, the potential of periodontal disease is ever-present. So brushing and flossing become more important than ever—along with regular dental checkups that monitor the health of your gums (and, by extension, your teeth).

Cavities? At my age?

Just when you thought cavities were a thing of the past, you may notice gum recession. It often happens as we age. Periodontal tissue pulls away, causing tooth enamel to erode at the gumline. That creates the potential for cavities in the exposed root. Good news: New bonding techniques can shield sensitive teeth from exposure to hot and cold while making your smile look years younger.

To feel well…eat well.

Good nutrition maybe even more important to mature adults than it is to children! If you shy away from certain healthful foods due to an ill-fitting denture, consider a denture reline (or, if called for, a new denture entirely). It’ll make chewing easier and expand your food options. Dental implants may also be an option.

Never too late!

Does cosmetic dentistry make sense “later in life”? Of course! While the average age of we Americans continues to increase, more of us want to appear younger. And it’s possible to reverse the darkening of tooth color that’s a natural byproduct of aging (by age 60, teeth are typically several shades darker than they were at age 30).

Wouldn’t you be happier with whiter, more beautiful teeth? Remember: However old you are today, you’re also younger than you’ll ever be again. So give us a call and let’s get started!

Common Symptoms and What We Can Do

Root Cavities – Bonding reduces sensitivity, rejuvenates tooth shape.
Dry Mouth – Consult your physician about your medications; consider saliva substitutes.
Tooth Fractures – Watch out for hard foods and habits like ice chewing—too much stress.
Tooth Discoloration – Tooth whitening brightens discolored, stained, or darkened teeth.

About Alan Limbird, DDS

Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles. Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners. In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before. Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area. Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible. His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist. Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible! Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.


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