Ensuring Senior Oral Health with Thomson Family Dental | Dentist Thomson

Seniors, take note: gum health is crucial as we age, and Thomson Dentist is here to guide you through it. As we grow older, the risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease increases. But fear not, because with proper care, periodontal disease is preventable and often reversible. Neglecting gum health can lead to complications like bleeding or swollen gums, and even tooth loss. More concerning are the studies linking periodontal disease to serious illnesses.

Research from the University of Southampton and King’s College London reveals a correlation between periodontal disease and cognitive decline in individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease. Those with periodontal disease experienced cognitive decline six times faster than their counterparts without it. Furthermore, periodontal disease heightens the risk of heart disease or stroke, especially as we age. Regular dental cleanings and screenings are essential to maintain gum health and prevent associated health issues.

Consider the statistics: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 14% of seniors aged 65 to 74 have moderate to severe periodontal disease. This figure rises to over 20% for those over 75, with men being more susceptible than women. Smoking also significantly increases the likelihood of periodontal disease, with 32% of current smokers affected compared to 14% of non-smokers.

So, what can you do? Taking care of your gums is paramount. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can reduce the risk of serious ailments like heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. Brushing twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing daily are fundamental practices. Flossing reaches areas your toothbrush can’t, ensuring comprehensive cleaning. If you find traditional flossing challenging, consider using floss holders available in many stores.

For any queries about your oral health, Thomson Family Dental is here to help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment, and let’s ensure your gums stay healthy for years to come.

Thomson Family Dental
Phone: (706) 595-5152
540 West Hill St.
Thomson, GA 30824