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Baby Boomer Health Tip 1 Gingivitis

Rick Perkins

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Baby Boomers, there is a reason to continue flossing your teeth every day. If it wasn't a regular routine in your past, make it so, now.

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a serious condition that will normally result in tooth loss. With adults, gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most common forms of gum disease. To prevent both types of gum disease, you should always brush your teeth and remove as much plaque as possible. If you allow the plaque to build up, gum disease will normally be the result.

Gingivitis is known as inflammation in the tissues of the gums. If plaque and tartar build up along the gum line, the gums will eventually get swollen and irritated. Over time, the gums will get very tender and start to appear puffy. When you brush your teeth, you'll notice that your gums have become very sore and they will start to bleed with little to no pressure. If you notice blood when brushing, chances are you have gingivitis. Anytime you brush your teeth or floss, there should not be any sign of blood.

During this stage of gingivitis, there is no loss of bone structure. You can help to prevent gingivitis though, through flossing and brushing a few times a day. If you have gingivitis and you don't do something about it, it could lead to periodontal disease. Those who don't treat gingivitis or those who keep poor oral hygiene habits, will normally end up with periodontal disease where bone is actually destroyed. This damage cannot be reversed!

So no matter how much retirement fun you are having, take the time to brush and floss your teeth and visit your dentist regularly. This is one of the many “secrets" to making your “second adult life" the best years ever.

A final note: I know some people have not been to a dentist in years. Whether out of fear, a bad experience or any other excuse, you need to give it another try. This is for your health and happiness. I think you will find modern dentistry has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

I purposely avoided writing about Baby Boomer health issues because I wanted to cover nothing but positive, uplifting, “second adult life" topics. But is seems that after 40 and definitely after 50, Boomers have questions and want to share all the new and sometimes unpleasant things happening to their bodies. I hope these articles help.

Note: I always try to be accurate but I am not a health professional. ALWAYS check with your doctor before changing any of your healthcare practices.

The “Baby Boomer's" quest for a good retirement life is solved in Rick's book A Smart Person's Guide to a Great Retirement If you are over 40, get this retirement plan and start making the next 30 years the very best of your life.

Enjoy your 2nd Adult life with everything we can provide.

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