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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DENTURE CARE

PERIODoNTAL DISEASE

CHILDREN . TEENAGERS
ADULTS . SENIORS

 

The FACTS

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 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 measures.

 

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