Optimal Gum Health for Seniors | Dr. Aledy Moreta

Ensuring optimal gum health is crucial for seniors to maintain overall well-being. With age, the risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease escalates. While periodontal disease is preventable and often reversible, untreated cases can lead to severe complications such as swollen or bleeding gums, and even tooth loss. Moreover, numerous studies have underscored the correlation between periodontal disease and other grave illnesses. Here’s what you should know about gum health as you age.

Periodontal Disease and Overall Health:
Serious health issues have been linked to periodontal disease. A recent study by the University of Southampton and King’s College London revealed a connection between periodontal disease and accelerated cognitive decline in individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease. Among patients with periodontal disease, cognitive decline occurred at a rate six times faster on average.

Furthermore, periodontal disease heightens the risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a stroke. As age increases, so do the risk factors for these ailments, making it crucial to mitigate potential risks. Improving gum health through regular visits to our office, Almore Dental Studio, under the guidance of Dr. Aledy Moreta, can significantly reduce these risks.

Vital Statistics:
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 14% of seniors aged 65 to 74 exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease. This percentage surges to over 20% among individuals aged 75 and older. Men are at a higher risk than women for developing moderate to severe periodontal disease. Smoking also significantly impacts periodontal health, with 32% of current smokers affected compared to 14% of nonsmokers.

Recommended Actions:
Maintaining optimal gum health as you age is paramount in reducing the risk factors associated with serious ailments like heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Adopting a robust oral hygiene routine is key, including brushing your teeth twice daily for a full two minutes and regular flossing to eliminate plaque buildup from hard-to-reach areas. Schedule a comprehensive gum evaluation with our team at Almore Dental Studio, led by Dr. Aledy Moreta, to devise a personalized plan for ensuring healthy gums.

Almore Dental Studio
Email: aledymoreta@gmail.com
Phone: 609-534-2272
737 Holly Ln.
Westampton, NJ 08060