Dental One Associates of Roswell
1125 Woodstock Road, Suite 520, Roswell, GA 30075

Seniors, Gingivitis, and Periodontitis – 6 Common Questions Answered


Tooth loss is not a symptom of aging. If you think it’s perfectly normal for seniors to end up with full dentures, you may not fully understand the causes of tooth loss. In many cases, it is due to preventable gum disease. When detected and treated in its earliest stage, called gingivitis, gum disease can often be reversed. Advanced disease called periodontitis requires more invasive care, but in many cases, tooth loss is not inevitable. Answers to common questions concerning seniors and periodontal disease are listed below.

What Are the Common 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 signs of possible gingivitis or periodontitis.

Is Gum Disease a Normal Part of Aging? 

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.

Are the Signs of Gum Disease Obvious? 

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

If My Gum Disease Is Mild, Will It Need to Be Treated? 

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

How Is Gum Disease Treated? 

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.

Can Gingivitis and Periodontitis Affect My Overall 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.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Roswell, call Dental One Associates of Roswell today at (678) 392-2209 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Roswell. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Roswell, 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 Dental One Associates of Roswell.

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