Studies have contributed to the somewhat startling statistic that about 70% of the senior citizen population in the U.S., those people 65 years of age or older, suffer from gum disease. When you stop to think about it however, it’s only logical that the longer we live the more stress we put on our teeth and the more susceptible our teeth and gums become. Add to that the fact that many members of that generation were tobacco users at one time or another during their lives and the findings seem less surprising. Smoking has been proven to be a leading risk factor for periodontitis.

The stress that is brought on by anxiety and depression has been linked to the risk for gum disease. People who live alone are less likely to follow a healthy diet or eat at regularly scheduled times. Poor eating habits can inhibit the body’s ability to fight off the infection that can create many health issues including those having to do with the teeth and gums.

High blood pressure, aka hypertension, becomes more of an issue as we get older. Some of the medications used to control it can stimulate the growth of gum tissue and make it harder to remove the stubborn plaque that leads to gum disease.

The doctors of the Harman Family Dental Center are ready to answer your questions about gum disease and recommend other ways to prevent it. Call today @ 720-809-7789.