First the bad news … According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an astonishing one-fourth of U.S. adults over 65 are completely toothless. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 58 percent of Americans 50 and over have fewer than 21 teeth (out of 32).
Poor nutrition is just one of the issues resulting from tooth loss, as people avoid eating vegetables, nuts and other healthy foods in favor of processed fare. While getting dentures is the standard solution, dentures have their drawbacks. They tend to shift, rubbing tissues ragged. Even well-made dentures can withstand only one-sixth the chewing force that healthy teeth tolerate. Because the jawbone erodes with less stimulation, it is often difficult to get dentures to fit properly.
Now the good news … A recent issue of AARP the Magazine reports that thanks to the fluoridation of public water and improvements in dental care, Americans under 50 have excellent odds of keeping their original pearly whites.
Don’t forget your 6-month dental checkups! If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.