Older Men Urged to Keep an Eye on Gum Health

The Journal of Periodontology recently published a study stating that when compared to the rest of the general population, older men are four times more likely to suffer from blindness brought about by aging if they have lost most of the bone structure surrounding their teeth. With these findings in mind, older men are now urged to keep an eye on their oral health, particularly their gums. Dr. Bhasin and the rest of the Central Georgia Periodontics & Dental Implants  are committed to helping individuals achieve and maintain optimum oral health through the provision of preventive dental procedures and quality gum treatments in Warner Robins.

The Link Between Age- Related Macular Degeneration and Oral Health

Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, commonly affects men and women who are over 50 years old. The macula, that portion of the eye responsible for your sharp central vision, is often gradually destroyed in this condition. Once the macula is fully damaged, blindness occurs.

The researchers of the aforementioned study further explained, “What the study does show is how important it is to maintain good gum health. More teeth are lost through long-standing gum disease than through tooth decay. Those who may be at risk of going blind may find their teeth are naturally looser than some of their younger counterparts, but ignoring the problem is not the answer. Untreated gum disease can lead to bacteria getting into the bloodstream and causing heart and respiratory problems.”

It is interesting to note that the link of AMD to gum health was not seen and observed in older women.

Visit the Central Georgia Periodontics and Dental Implants Center now if you’d like to know more about Warner Robins Oral Health Instructions. Call us at 478.923.0232 or fill out this contact request form to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!