Seniors Don’t Have to Lose Their Teeth to Periodontitis

dca-blog_gum-disease-seniors-uncomfortable-man

Human teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but many people lose them to periodontal disease as they age. If you think tooth loss is unavoidable in your golden years, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of preventable gum disease. Armed with the facts, a great oral care plan and a little help from your dentist, you can more easily stop the effects of gingivitis and periodontitis before these diseases progress, and claim your smile. The following questions and answers can help seniors recognize the signs of gum disease.

Isn’t Gum Disease a Natural Part of the Aging Process? 



Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria-laden dental plaque, not age. It can affect anyone of any age. Seniors may be more vulnerable because plaque and tartar buildup has been developing for many years. Age-related factors such as receding gums and dry mouth caused by medication can also increase risk.

If My Gum Disease Isn’t Serious, Will It Go Away by Itself? 



Gum infection and periodontal pockets will not go away without treatment.

Won’t I Notice Signs of Gum Disease Before It’s Too Late? 



Unfortunately, periodontal disease isn’t always easy to detect. It develops slowly over time, and early symptoms are not always present. Your dentist in Detroit can spot the early signs and recommend a treatment program before serious damage occurs.

What Are the Early Signs of Gum Disease? 



Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, mouth sores, bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, bite changes, and changes in how dentures fit are all possible signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.

Can Gum Disease Affect My General Health? 



The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can spread to surrounding structures, and it has been linked to heart disease and stroke. Gingivitis and periodontitis can also affect your ability to manage diabetes and respiratory problems.

What Can I Do About Gum Disease? 



If you have mild, early disease, strict oral hygiene under your dentist’s supervision may be enough to reverse it. Advanced disease is usually treated with scaling and root planing procedures, medicated rinses, and gum surgery. See your dentist regularly to detect the signs of gum disease and treat it as early as possible.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Detroit, call Gentle Dental of Michigan today at (855) 979-3393 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Michigan, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Michigan.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr and assistant were excellent!
Kelly D.
Decided to change dentist for my 15yr old son and super pleased i did over all seems like the best decision i made got an appointment right away fixed the problem he had been having in half hr that […]
Elizabeth W.
Excellent staff. Very thoughtful and thorough. Made me feel welcome.
Charlotte S.
Very professional and painless and just nice people
Michael R.
Quick, efficient and does the best to accommodate my schedule.
Julie K.
Finding a good dentist is no easy task, especially when you’re searching for a new one. Dr. Mangal is one of the best dentists I’ve been to and I’m very glad that I picked this office. The […]
Deborah D.
My experience with Gentle Dental has always been fantastic from Angel and Christi at the front desk to Carolyn my hygienist who always makes sure that my teeth are clean and done properly to Dr […]
B L.
Staff and Doctors were pleasant during my visit.
Madonna C.
Dr. Ascano and his entire staff are always so nice that I feel like I’m visiting with friends! They do a wonderful job and are very patient with my daughter. I highly recommend Gentle Dental on […]
Brad B.
Hello, my experience today having a root canal done by Dr. Hanana went very well, and her assistant Shanekquah did a great job . Thank you both
Yvette H.
Ur service is very good and fast
Jurney W.
Shannan, my hygienist, is very thorough. She is attentive and makes my visit a good experience.
Penny V.
The visit was very pleasant and the dental hygienist was great. Very caring and sweet and she knew what she was doing. The best one that I have had!!!
Kathleen R.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
The staff was so polite and caring, Dr. Carpenter was very one on one with me and explained what was happening in my mouth and his recommendations were understandable and to the point.
Kathleen M.
Good
Lisa C.
Great staff and dentist. Very clean and great environment
Nicole C.
Got to get my cleaning done on day 1!
Brandy N.
The staff is very nice. I usually do not have to wait very long in the waiting area. If I am going in for just a cleaning the appointment is usually pretty quick.
Heather C.
Everyone was polite and helpful!….
Jeffraisha H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here