Is Gum Disease Age-Related?

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In today’s world of advanced, age-reversing treatments, it is common for people to search for ways to stop or reverse the aging process. In many cases, a smile is an excellent place to start, and not just for its appearance. For instance, did you know that after a lifetime of use, your gums can lose their vibrancy and tight grip on your teeth?  As you age, your gums can naturally recede, increasing your risks of gum disease, tooth loss, and more. While gum disease isn’t specifically age-related, the way your gums age means that you should be extra diligent about protecting them.

The Purpose of Your Gums

Healthy gums act as a skirt that holds your teeth in place. The roots of your teeth are embedded into your jawbone, but your gums, which are attached to your teeth with connective tissue, cover and protect the roots from oral bacteria, food debris, and other dangers. When your gums recede, they lose their hold on your teeth and expose the roots to these dangers. Gum recession also facilitates gum disease, which works to destroy your periodontal tissue, connective tissues, and supporting jawbone structure.

Gum disease affects a  majority of American adults, making it the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Luckily, gum disease is highly preventable, and although it is not curable once it advances, it is highly treatable. There are steps you can take to protect your gums, even when they recede naturally with age.

Protecting Your Gums and Your Smile

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once can help you control bacterial plaque, which can collect in the pockets formed by receding gums and lead to gum disease. Conversely, the development of gum disease can also cause your gums to recede sooner than they naturally would have, therefore proper oral hygiene can also help protect against natural gum recession. If gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) develops, then seek treatment at your dentist’s office as soon as possible to prevent the damages of gum disease.

Get Help to Fight Gum Disease as You Age

With a little diligence in your home hygiene and in your regular dental visits, you can prevent your gums from falling victim to gum disease as you age. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.