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Lost Teeth Impact Health of Seniors

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. So it is not surprising that studies now show a shortened life expectancy (by as much as 15 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, fluoride use) can save time and money, and most of all, teeth.

Senior Dentistry

Dentistry for the elderly can be just as important to stay healthy in senior years. Many conditions such as dry mouth, medications, and even the reduced ability to keep teeth clean at home can cause tooth loss. This too can be prevented with regular dental care. Our office is experienced and trained for the special needs of the elderly.

If you have questions regarding lost teeth, would like to discuss preventing tooth loss, or if you have a senior in your family needing dental care, please call our office at 972-235-4767, email us at [email protected] and check out our website at today!