Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

Age-Old Wisdom on Preventing Gum Disease in Seniors

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Did you know that gum disease is especially dangerous for older adults? Discover what you can do to protect your overall health.

The Cause of this Condition

Gum disease occurs when your gums and the tissues around your teeth become inflamed and infected. If not promptly treated, it can advance into a more severe stage called periodontal disease. No matter the stage or your age, the leading cause of the condition is inadequate dental hygiene at home. Gum disease is very common, but you won’t have to deal with the problem if you protect your dental health.

The Health Hazards of Gum Disease in Seniors

While periodontal disease is dangerous for everyone, it has more serious effects for older adults. For many, the first signs of gum disease are swollen, sore, bleeding gums. This can make it painful for seniors to eat and get the proper nutrition they need, which is already a problem for many. In addition, gum disease in seniors can affect more than their teeth and can actually harm their overall health. See, periodontal disease has been linked to many health conditions, such as heart disease and tissue damage. That’s why seniors must understand the need to take good care of their smiles.

Prevention is the Best Protection

Your dental health is in your hands. By maintaining good oral hygiene at home and getting professional treatment from an affordable dentist, you can greatly reduce your risk for periodontal disease. Follow these simple tips to keep your smile healthy throughout the years:

  • Ask your affordable dentist for the best brushing tips and techniques to ensure you get a complete clean.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals.
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
  • Brush gently in circular motions.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove any plaque and particles trapped between your teeth and gums.
  • If using floss is difficult, ask your dentist for easier flossing alternatives.
  • See an affordable dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleanings at least twice a year, or as recommended for your needs.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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Well run office, friendly and efficient.
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I have been going to Dental One Cross Keys for 20 + years. The staff is courteous and professional. My dentist name is Barbara. I think she is the best.
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Great people. Little wait time. Educated me on the health of my teeth with the how’s, why’s, and alternatives.
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This was my first visit to dental one but I really enjoyed the hospitality of Ms. Louise..her customer service was on point although i had to be referred to see an endodontist at another location.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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