A COUPLE OF CENTURIES AGO it was very unusual for people to have their original teeth in their mouth on their 40th birthday! And as little as 50 years ago, half of the people you walked by over the age of 65 had already lost nearly all of their teeth. Today, that number has been drastically reduced.
We’re All Part Of An Amazing Trend
Despite all of the modern threats to our smiles that we often hear about (including rampant sugar use, popularized acidic beverages, etc.) overall oral health continues to improve. In most countries, at every age, we’re keeping more of our teeth than we were 20 years ago in 1994.
Modern Dentistry Is Focused On Preventive Care And Keeping Teeth
Back in the olden days when preventive care was rare, the result was a lot of toothaches. Often, the default solution for a toothache was to just pull the tooth. Today’s materials and treatment advances have made that default solution rare—especially when patients maintain regular checkups.
The gum health in a 60-year-old today is about the same as it was in a 40-year-old back in 1973. One of the contributing factors is likely the rise of regular flossing! Dental floss was patented in the late 19th century, but it has taken a long time for regular flossing to become mainstream.
What To Expect As Your Teeth Age
Our teeth change as we age. Some of these changes can make optimal oral health more difficult. You may experience:
- Extreme Yellowing – As the white enamel layer wears down, the yellow dentin underneath becomes more visible.
- Increased Gum Disease Risk – Our ability to naturally fight infections—like gingivitis—decreases.
- Dry mouth – Often a side-effect of taking more medications.
Remember, we can help you with these challenges!
What NOT To Expect
- Losing Your Teeth! Isn’t it great to know that together we may make dentures (like your grandma’s) a thing of the past?
Although oral health risks increase with age, we know how to combat them! And with good habits, your natural teeth can be around as long as you are. No denture adhesives, no living off soup everyday. So let’s put in the little bit of work now. Make sure that you brush and floss every day—and maintain cleanings and check-ups.