Periodontal disease is similar to other chronic diseases, such as diabetes. The key to control is early diagnosis and prompt treatment. Often times, one may not even experience pain until the disease is in its advanced stages.
Studies have shown that people with their natural teeth and/or implant supported teeth have better self-esteem, and improved overall health through eating foods that are good for you such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
The digestive process starts in the mouth with proper chewing function that leads to proper nutritional absorption and break down of foods for better overall health.
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More than half of people aged 55 and older have periodontitis. Risk factors that may make older people more susceptible include general health status (i.e diabetes), diminished immune status, medications, depression, osteoporosis, stress, smoking, worsening memory, diminished salivary flow, and change in financial status.
As you age, remember that it is more important than ever to seek regular dental care. With good preventative home care and regular professional cleanings along with periodontal evaluations, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.