Because chronic inflammation in the body is accumulative, it affects us more and more as we age. Bleeding gums are an indication that there is some degree of inflammation in the gum tissue. And, we now know without doubt that gum inflammation is associated with increased risk of developing systemic inflammatory diseases and is associated with increasing inflammation throughout the body, making disease conditions worse.
Because most inflammatory diseases, for example, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and many, many more are manifested late in life, it is beneficial to continue with regular dental cleanings and periodontal exams no matter how old and infirm you become. But, better yet, is maintaining optimal oral health throughout life so you do not increase the risk of systemic inflammation flaring up elsewhere in the body.
Given that periodontal disease is a factor in causing many systemic diseases and exacerbates existing disease conditions, maintaining optimal periodontal health in midlife will help you reduce healthcare expenditures and maintain a quality life as you age.
Dr. Monika Aneja at Mint Dental in Bradenton and her team welcome you to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive oral examination. Together with our dentist, you will partner in exploring your mouth, in detail, to gain a clear understanding of your periodontal and dental health and to learn what can be done to improve your health and quality of life now and in the years to come. If it has been six months or more since your last oral dental cleaning and oral health evaluation, you are overdue to care, so, please be good to yourself and give us a call.
If you are concerned about dental anxiety or the state of your mouth, and this concern has been holding your back from regular dental care, we urge you to get on the right path now. Our dentist and hygienist are gentle and compassionate with all ages, from young children to adults over 90 years of age. New patients are always welcome.