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Did you know you are going to live a lot longer than you thought?

Life expectancy has increased significantly beyond retirement age, decades beyond. In 1965, life expectancy was 65 yr., in 1990, life expectancy jumped to 78yr, and by 2001, life expectancy was 85yr.1 By 2025, around 70 million Americans will be older than 65 years old.2 By 2050, one in five Americans will be older than 65yr.1 Basically, if you are in your 20s or older now and reading this, that one in five will be you in about 40 years.  A healthy 65-year-old person still have around 23-29 more years to live.

Resources:

  1. Census 2000 Data on Aging. www.aoa.gov/prof/statistics/census2000/census200.asp
  2. Hellmich N: Extra Weight shaved years off lives. USA Today A1, January 7, 2003

What does all this mean for you and your oral health?

It means getting a set of dentures when you retire is not good enough anymore.  Dentures can only afford 30% chewing efficacy, which means you take 100% of your favorite foods, that piece of juicy steak you love to sink your teeth into, crunchy vegetables and fruits, even your favorite snacks like chips, candy bars, whatever you love to eat, throw out 70% of those because with dentures you can only eat soft and easy to chew foods like mashed potatoes and soup.

Tooth loss can happen mostly from infection of the tooth or supporting tissue around the tooth, but it can also happen from trauma or accidents.  Many activities carry risks that may injure your teeth; a bad landing from extreme sports, slipping on toys, or even simple household chores.  Did you know that tooth decay is a transmittable disease because it is caused by bacteria?  So all the people you’ve ever kissed back in high school and college probably shared some of their cavities causing bacteria with you.  Don’t be alarmed. The point is that we don’t live in a bubble, and things may happen in or to your mouth when you are younger that may have long term consequences when you are older.

What happens if you do end up losing a tooth or several teeth to trauma or disease?

Your body is a very dynamic and adaptable miracle and whatever you are not actively using, your body will think it is no longer needed. So the areas where you lose a tooth, the bone there will start to dissolve away.  Think of the difference between the sand in the desert versus the soil in the forest.  The sand will easily blow away and reshape itself but the soil is more stable because the tree roots are solidly planted.  If you lose too many teeth, eventually the bone loss will cause signs of aging such as wrinkles around the lips and sunken face look, think of Popeye the Sailor Man.  Popeye’s chin is really close to his nose, because of the vertical bone loss of his facial structures.

What happens if you start losing the supporting tissues of the teeth?

Even if you have good trees and roots, the soil can be damaged and wash away. The supporting tissues of your teeth including your gums and bone can be damaged from infection.  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.1 Periodontitis = gum disease that has progressed to cause irreversible loss of bone.  This disease can be best managed with a combination of vigilant home care as well as professional care in the dentist office. Maintaining the bone you have left is the most conservative way to preserve the health of supporting structures of teeth.

Resources : http://www.perio.org/consumer/risk-factors

What should you do to protect your smile and your ability to eat your favorite foods when you are older?

Honey Dental Fight Club Rule #1: Commit to your oral health.  

Honey Dental Fight Club Rule #2: Commit to your oral health.

Honey Dental Fight Club Rule #3: Commit to your oral health.

At Honey Dental, we would be honored to a part of your commitment.  As accidents or life happen, your mouth will experience changes and we are here to guide and help you maintain a healthy mouth and smile. In some cases, with advanced technology available, we can enhance your smile as well. If tooth loss does happen, we will discuss options for replacing teeth that you are losing and maintaining the bone that supported the previous teeth. These steps will help preserve your youthful appearance and prevent advanced signs of aging.  We can also talk about moving teeth, replacing teeth, restoring teeth, preserving teeth, enhancing teeth, caring for your gums, cleaning teeth and gums and many other ways we can help you achieve your optimum oral health.  This entire process must start with commitment from you to yourself and your future quality of life.

What does commitment to your oral health mean?

Good home oral health habits and visit Honey Dental regularly as well as for emergencies. A dental visit every 6 months is ideal however, it is not for everyone. Each individual has different needs, and how often you visit us depends on your individual oral health and our comprehensive treatment plan to get you to the healthiest you can be.

What can I expect at Honey Dental?

We will gather information about you to help us create a treatment plan that’s specific to you. Our primary goal is to control any infection of your teeth, your gums, or anywhere in your mouth. Then we will have a conversation about preventative care, restorative care, as well as cosmetic care.  We are confident that you will love your personalized care at Honey Dental. Think of us as the trackside support team and you are the race car, we can help change out tires and do mechanical maintenance before you race off on the tracks. If you want a smooth ride every year, well, that’s what we are here for. You are the boss, you tell us where you want to go and we will provide the right custom care to help you get there!