Optimal Gum Health for Seniors | Dr. Arkady Khaykin

As individuals age, prioritizing gum health becomes paramount. With each passing year, the risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease escalates, making preventive care crucial. While periodontal disease is preventable and often reversible, untreated cases can lead to severe complications, including inflamed or bleeding gums and tooth loss. Moreover, research has unveiled alarming connections between periodontal disease and other systemic illnesses, emphasizing the significance of maintaining gum health as you age.

Exploring the Nexus Between Periodontal Disease and Overall Wellness

Recent studies conducted by the University of Southampton and King’s College London have shed light on the profound impact of periodontal disease on health. Notably, these studies have revealed a correlation between periodontal disease and accelerated cognitive decline in individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease. Among patients with periodontal disease, cognitive decline progresses at a rate six times faster, on average. Additionally, periodontal disease has been identified as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, underscoring the importance of addressing potential risk factors through improved gum health.

Understanding the Statistical Landscape: Key Figures for Seniors

Data from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research underscores the prevalence of periodontal disease among seniors. Moderate to severe periodontal disease affects over 14% of individuals aged 65 to 74, with the prevalence surging to more than 20% among those over 75 years old. Notably, men exhibit a higher likelihood of experiencing moderate to severe periodontal disease compared to women. Furthermore, smoking significantly exacerbates gum health issues, with 32% of current smokers affected by periodontal disease, contrasting starkly with the 14% prevalence among nonsmokers.

Empowering Seniors to Take Proactive Steps for Gum Health

As individuals age, proactively managing gum health becomes imperative to mitigate the risk of serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Adopting simple yet impactful oral hygiene practices, such as brushing twice daily for two minutes and incorporating regular flossing into one’s routine, can effectively combat plaque buildup and safeguard gum health. Additionally, scheduling a comprehensive gum evaluation with our team at Smyle Haus General & Cosmetic Dentistry enables us to devise a tailored plan to support optimal gum health and overall wellness.

Prioritize Your Gum Health with Smyle Haus General & Cosmetic Dentistry

At Smyle Haus General & Cosmetic Dentistry, led by Dr. Arkady Khaykin, we’re committed to providing personalized care to help you achieve and maintain vibrant gum health. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment and embark on your journey toward optimal oral wellness. Together, we can ensure your smile remains radiant and healthy for years to come!

Smyle Haus General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Email: aakdentistry@gmail.com
Phone: 732-741-0022
250 Maple Red Bank
Red Bank, NJ 07701