Why is it important to keep your gums healthy as you age?


Just like when you were younger, plaque is always forming on your teeth. If you don't remove it, it can cause soreness, swelling, and bleeding in your gums. It can even cause infections that damage the bone underneath. Your dentist will treat gum disease, called periodontitis. If you let it go unchecked, it could harm your gums and bones. Once that happens, you may need to have teeth removed.

From: How Teeth Change With Age WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 17, 2018
Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 17, 2018


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