Who Else Wants a Complete Set of Original Teeth at Age 60?
Hundreds of years ago, it was very common for people to lose their teeth at the age of 40. If we look at 50 years back, around only half of the people aged 65 and up had completely lost their teeth. Nowadays, we see this occurring to a lesser and lesser number of people.
The Trend Is Getting Better and Better:
We often hear about horrible things that could happen to our teeth because of excessive sugar intake and the rise of popular carbonated drinks. But believe it or not, it is observed that oral health in general, is continuously improving. Most people in different countries still have their teeth intact than if they lived 20 years ago.
Modern Dentistry Targets Prevention over Cure:
In the past, during the time when dental technology was unavailable, preventive care was uncommon. People ended up having toothaches. And what dentists would do was just pull the tooth. With all the technological advancements that are available today, tooth extraction is a rare event. This particularly applies to people who have their teeth cleaned periodically.
Today, the dental condition of a person aged 60 is comparable to a 40-year-old from the year 1973. The major reason is that regular flossing of our teeth has become part of our culture. The dental floss was invented in the late 19th century. As with any other invention, it took some time before it became a commonly accepted habit.
What Happens To Your Teeth as You Age?
As expected with aging, we will experience some changes that make it difficult to maintain good oral health. These may include:
- Extreme Yellowing – As the white enamel layer of the teeth gets worn away, the yellow color of dentin is revealed.
- Increased Gum Disease Risk – Our body’s natural ability to fight gum infections decreases.
- Dry mouth – The production of saliva is reduced which can result from taking medications.
We are here to help you overcome these difficulties!
What DOESN’T Happen?
- Losing Your Teeth! It’ll be a relief when I tell you that dentures are definitely way better than they used to be.
Just because our bodies deteriorate as we age, it doesn’t mean that our teeth should too! With the proper oral care, your natural teeth are here to stay. So put away the thought of wearing dentures and denture adhesives. Instead, put your will power in caring for your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and see your dentist regularly.