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Gum Problems Linked to Blindness in Older Men

A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that when compared to the rest of the general population, older men are 4 times more likely to suffer from blindness brought about by aging if they have lost most of the bone structure surrounding their teeth. This scientific finding should not be taken lightly as a growing number of Americans are now suffering from gum problems early in life. Dr. Stephen K. Malone and the rest of his team are committed to helping individuals achieve and maintain optimum oral health through the provision of Knoxville preventive dental procedures as well as restorative interventions.

Age- Related Macular Degeneration

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 damage, 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.

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