May 1, 2019
As you age, you expect there to be changes to the health and appearance of your teeth. Not only will years of wear and tear start to show, but they will also lose their bright, white appearance. While you prepare for the changes, you may be overlooking another vital aspect to your oral health—your gums. Your gum health will also start to change, which can negatively impact your dental health. To help maintain a healthy smile, your dentist in Coral Gables, Dr. Jose A. Bushdid has the solutions you need.
Aging and Your Gum Health
Although several advancements have helped to decrease the rate of tooth loss over recent years, it is still a common issue for more than 120 million Americans. To help ensure that your smile lasts forever, it is not only important to focus on the health of your teeth, but that of your gums as well.
There are several factors that can influence your gum health, such as:
Your hormone levels will naturally change as you age, especially for women undergoing menopause. As it occurs, you may notice several changes to your gums, such as a shiny and dry appearance, color differences, or bleeding easily. Often, this can be due to medications, which often cause dry mouth. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
It is estimated that 17% of those over the age of 65 have gum disease. The high rate of occurrence is often caused by medications that are needed as you age, like those used to treat high blood pressure. They result in dry mouth, increasing the level of bacteria that can infect your gum tissue. In addition, poor oral hygiene habits and lifestyle choices, like smoking further raise your risk of gum disease.
New research suggests that your risk of gum disease is also influenced by your genetic makeup. It is estimated that 30% of Americans are predisposed to the infection due to genetics. As a result, they are 20 times more likely to develop it.
Poor oral hygiene habits over the years can lead to an array of dental health complications are you age. If you did no brush and floss your teeth properly and maintain your regular dental visits, you can have areas of weakened enamel, untreated cavities, and large accumulations of tartar. Thankfully, it is never too late to recommit to your oral hygiene to restore a healthy smile.
Tobacco in any form is not just bad for your teeth, but your gums as well. It lowers your body’s ability to heal and fight infections, making you more susceptible to gum disease. If you have already developed it, it will be more difficult to treat. In addition, you have a heighted risk of oral cancer. In fact, 80% of those diagnosed with it are tobacco users.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
As you age, it is best to remain proactive about your dental health. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, your dentist, Dr. Bushdid, will create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your oral health goals.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid is a reputable dentist in the community for high quality dental care. He offers advanced solutions that cater to your specific needs as you age. No matter if you need a cleaning and checkup or periodontal therapy, he will help you maintain a healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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