Posted on 8/15/2019 by Robert Henshaw, DMD
|Although we tend to talk a lot about how to keep our teeth healthy, we shouldn't forget the significance of keeping our gums healthy too. This is equally important because this soft tissue keeps food from going where it shouldn't while also holding our teeth where they should be.
What Happens to Your Gums as You Age
As you grow older your gums grow more susceptible to a variety of diseases. When this happens, other issues may start popping up – things like heart disease. Unfortunately, many older adults ignore any issues they may have here. Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that about 70% of the population age 65 and over are suffering from some type of periodontal disease.
This is because it's easy to miss this in its early stages, which is why it's so important for you to visit our office twice a year so we can catch and treat the disease before it moves on to become either a moderate or severe case.
It's also possible to experience gum recession as you age. This happens when your gums pull away from your teeth. When this happens more of your tooth and its roots become exposed. This leaves your mouth more vulnerable to having bad bacteria getting into places where it doesn't belong and from where it can wreak havoc on the rest of your body.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy as You Age
It isn't difficult to keep your gums healthy. Make sure you're brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Follow up by using some mouthwash to further protect your gums. Additionally, make sure you're visiting our office twice a year. If you don't already have an appointment scheduled to do so, call us today and we can get that taken care of for you.
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