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Health Tip: Mouth Problems Can Worsen With Age

Take care of your teeth and gums

(HealthDayNews) -- As you age, you may be more prone to problems of the teeth and gums.

Teeth are often lost by people over age 35 to periodontal or gingival gum disease. Caused by infections and plaque, gum disease can contribute to receding gums and the loss of supporting bone. Receding gums can contribute to a cavity problem, because as gums pull back from the teeth, pockets are created where cavity-causing bacteria can dwell.

Removing plaque, thorough brushing and daily flossing can help keep gum disease at bay, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Regular dental check-ups -- every 6-12 months -- are strongly recommended.

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