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How Gums Change as You Get Older

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Ronald Watkins
How Gums Change as You Get OlderYour gums can go through changes over time. That is why it is important to have a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) each year.

Why Gums Change as You Age

The aging process impacts your gum health. Over time, gums can recede or pull away from the teeth and the bones can resorb, as well, if teeth are missing. Also, an older person, who has problems with mobility, may not brush every day, or as often as required. This also puts him or her at risk for gum infections and disease.

A Weakened Immune System

Older adults may have weakened immune systems, which can also affect gum health. That is why we advise older patients to see us yearly for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE). During the exam, we will measure the pockets of the gums to determine pocket depth. This will help us to determine gingival health and the degree, if any, of a gum infection or disease. For anyone with a weakened immune system, scheduling a CPE should be made a priority.

Other Factors

Older adults may also be more susceptible to dry mouth, a condition that increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. This is because older people often take medicines that worsen the condition. You need a sufficient saliva flow to neutralize mouth acids or provide protection against gum infections and tooth decay. Therefore, having dry mouth can lead to gum disease and problems with recession. While you can ask your doctor to possibly switch out any medications that cause dry mouth, it is not always possible. As a result, keeping a close check on your gingival health is essential. Conditions, such as diabetes, can also impact the condition of the gums.

We can assist you in overcoming gum disease. Therapies include gum grafting (for recession) and the administration of antibiotics, along with deep cleaning (scaling and root planing – SRP). Give us a call today for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

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