Your Age and Periodontal Disease

When it comes to gum disease, who do you picture suffering from it? Do you picture seniors? While that is often the age group that people think of when discussing gingivitis and periodontal disease, it is a disease that people of all ages suffer from.

Children and Gum Disease

Gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, is very common in children and teens. Thankfully, the more advanced stages of periodontal disease are not as common in children, and gingivitis is treatable.

Regular dental checkups are essential for children. Your dentist can monitor any changes in your child’s teeth or gums and work with your child to fight gingivitis, so it doesn’t advance.

Adults and Gum Disease

It’s estimated that 64.7 million American adults have gum disease. That is a staggering figure, and gum disease is a serious health problem. You may be suffering from gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Sensitive teeth

Seniors and Gum Disease

70.1% of adults age 65 and over suffer from one of the stages of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your gums to recede, eventually leading to tooth loss.

But gum disease is preventable and reversible when treated in the early stages. Look for oral care products that contain CoQ10, Vitamin C, and xylitol, which are all proven to help prevent and treat gum disease. Brush your teeth twice per day. Floss regularly, and be sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist.