The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) indicates that a whopping 17.20 percent of Americans aged 65 and older have periodontal disease. While that figure has decreased since the 1970s, it is still alarming. Especially considering that this advanced stage of gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Woburn dentist, Dr. George Moutevelis, helps patients of all ages prevent and manage periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease in seniors
The NIDCR reports that:
- Nearly 11 percent of the 65 and over age group has moderate or severe periodontal disease.
- It is more common in men than in women.
- The condition is seen more often in African-American and Hispanic ethnic groups.
- Prevalence is in opposite proportion to level of income and education.
These interesting statistics show that anyone can get periodontal disease.
Americans are living longer, working later in life, and enjoying second (or third, or fourth) romances. Oral condition impacts appearance, health, and enjoyment of life – smiling, eating, speaking clearly, and kissing.
What is causing it?
Primary risk factors for seniors are the same as for any other age group – negligent oral hygiene and smoking. However, age brings additional challenges. Arthritic joints may limit dexterity, making it more difficult to brush and floss properly. Many medications result in chronic dry mouth, increasing likelihood of periodontal disease. Older people may not be able to eat a well-rounded diet due to health problems.
Dr. Moutevelis and his team, including Dr. John Govostes, a Board-certified periodontist, provide a range of treatments to get gum disease under control and manage it effectively:
- Regular hygiene cleanings.
- Advice on home care and products.
- Scaling and root planing, a special deep cleaning technique.
- Gentle laser therapies.
- Gum and bone grafting if needed.
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