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Why Gum Diseases increases with Age

Gum diseases in Old AgeWith Age increases the probability of Gum diseases in both genders. In a  new Study Queen Mary, University of London in collaboration with research groups in the USA have  published a study in the “Nature Immunology” Journal which reveals the increase in Gum Diseases due to age – Which is directly related to the drop in a protein Chemical called Del-1.

What is Del-1 protein ?

Del-1 protein is known to restrain the immune system by stopping white blood cells from sticking to and attacking oral tissue.Which means, that the decrease in quantity of Del-1 protein indirectly affects the increase in Bone loss.

Mike Curtis is Professor of Microbiology at Queen Mary, University of London, Director of the Blizard Institute has said that “Periodontitis is an extremely common problem and we know that the disease tends to be more common as we get older”

Hence if we understand why ageing makes us more susceptible and understanding this mechanism is the first step to an effective treatment.

It is concluded that Del-1 is directly related to the increase in Periodontal and Gingival disease in Old age, hence if the Del-1 protein level is regulated it will prevent Bone loss and gingival disease.

This research is surely going to be helpful in decreasing the amount of Gum Diseases in Old age.


  1. Great post! I didn’t think about gum aging from this perspective. Very informative.



  2. As you age, your body may reabsorb calcium and phosphate from your bones instead of keeping these minerals in your bones. This makes your bones weaker. When this process reaches a certain stage, it is called osteoporosis.-:*^

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