Lost Teeth Impact Health of Seniors
Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!
In the past, the loss of teeth was dismissed as a natural part of the aging process, and dentures were considered a normal sign of old age. While such ignorance is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, there is still not a general awareness of the seriousness of edentulism (the condition of being toothless).
Multiple tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease (gum and bone disease). Periodontal disease has a high statistical correlation with chronic debilitating diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and arthritis. And that doesn’t even consider the health effects of not being able to chew food well! So it is not surprising that studies now show a shortened life expectancy (by as much as 10 years) for people who have lost their natural teeth, when compared to those who have kept their teeth.
The causes of tooth loss sometimes begin at a relatively young age, even as early as 20 something. Fortunately, tooth loss is almost always preventable. Research very clearly indicates that regular cleanings and examinations by a dentist result in a lower possibility of tooth loss. This becomes increasingly important as we age.
One of the most important findings, however, is that people who keep their mouths healthy in their 50’s and 60’s are more unlikely to have dental problems in their 70’s, 80’s, and older. At our office, we encourage patients to take advantage of their ability to improve their dental condition (including replacement of lost teeth) while they are still working and not wait until retirement to begin dental treatment. We also believe that starting preventive measures early on (cleanings, exams, and fluoride use) can save time and money, and most of all, teeth.
If you have questions regarding lost teeth, or would like to discuss preventing tooth loss please call our office at 972-235-4767 or email us at [email protected] today. We save teeth every day!
Dr. Jack Bodie