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Importance of Oral Healthcare

Proper oral healthcare can keep you smiling well into retirement. Tooth loss is the result of a preventative oral disease and not the aging process. Taking care of your teeth can help them last a lifetime.

As you get older, you dental needs become more and more particular. The most common problem to watch for is gum disease.

Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissue that supports the teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Early stage gum disease also known as gingivitis. It can easily be prevented with proper oral hygiene. The most common symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums and bleeding when you brush. Gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a severe gum disease if left untreated.

Periodontitis is a severe stage of gum disease that causes your gums and bone supporting the teeth to break down. Gums begin to recede from the teeth and the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed, which in turn causes tooth loss.

Proper oral hygiene is not only essential for your teeth and gums, but your overall health. Research shows poor oral healthcare is linked to health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

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