Seniors and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

Seniors and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

Gum disease is the infection of the gums and the surrounding tissues. At our Community Network practices, we often see the elderly with poor oral hygiene routines at home, which is the number one cause of gum disease. Contrary to popular belief, gum disease does not have to be a part of aging—and the good news is that there are many ways to reduce your chance of having gum disease as you age.

Gum disease can cause you a lot of discomfort because it causes your gums to become red, swollen and sometimes, bleed.  It is important for seniors to take care of their teeth and avoid their chances of getting gum disease because it can have an effect on your overall health. Severe gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is also important for seniors to avoid because it can be linked to many health problems, including heart disease and damage to heart values and tissues.

Luckily for you, there are several ways of reducing your chance of having gum disease as you age.

  1. Consult your dentists on a good technique to use when brushing. The technique and consistency of your brushing are important to your oral health. One way to reduce your chances of having gum disease is to brush at the 45 degree angle to your gums and brush in short, circular movements.
  2. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkup and cleaning appointments. If you already have gingivitis, you may have to visit your dentist every three to four months for a cleaning. Regular cleanings and checkups allow your hygienist and dentist to thoroughly clean the plaque and tarter from your teeth, which reduces your chances of having gum disease.
  3. Floss your teeth regularly to clean the spaces in between your teeth as plaque can easily get stuck in between your teeth, which can lead to oral health concerns like gum disease.  If you have trouble using the floss, let your dentist know and they would be able to recommend alternatives for you.

If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease, visit a location today!

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