Gum (Periodontal) disease is associated with cardiovascular disease.
Smoking is the leading risk factor
Oral and pharyngeal cancers are diagnosed in many seniors each year
- here at Castle Hill Family Dental Practice -
we are vary aware of the warning signs and can instruct you quickly
and efficiently to avoid future complications.
Many seniors take prescription and / or over-the-counter drugs.
Many medications have the side effect of dry mouth, which increases
the risk of dental caries or tooth disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease or dental decay (cavities) most often
cause tooth loss. Seniors experience dental decay on the crowns
of teeth (coronal caries) and on tooth roots (because of gum recession).
Severity of periodontal disease increases with age. About 23 percent
of 65- to 74-year-olds have severe disease, which is measured by
6mm loss of attachment of the tooth to the adjacent gum tissue.
At all ages men are more likely than women to have more severe disease.
TIPS TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE
Stop smoking. Tobacco use is a significant risk
factor for development of periodontitis.
Decrease your stress. Stress may make it difficult
for your body's immune system to fight off infection.
Maintain a well-balanced diet. Proper nutrition
helps your immune system fight infection.
Regular check ups at your dentist will allow
us to keep an eye on you gum health and advise you of precautionary