Some Statistics on Tooth Loss

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. But the picture is not so rosy for their elders.

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.

Don’t forget your 6-month dental checkups! If you are looking for a dentist in the Plymouth, Canton, Northville area who offers the latest dental care technology, be sure to check out Dr. Gary Feucht at www.plymouthdentistry.com and give us a call at (734) 459-7110.

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