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What is the link between gingivitis and old age?

Older people have more risk factors for gingivitis, compared to younger people. Older persons may not be generally as healthy as younger persons, may be more forgetful, more prone to depression, and may not function as well as someone who is younger. They may also have weaker immune systems than healthy middle-aged adults, and may be taking one of many medications that are associated with an increased risk for periodontal disease, including gingivitis. In addition, for women, the hormonal fluctuations that come with menopause may cause a painful form of gingivitis called desquamative gingivitis.

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