Recent studies have shown that 75 percent of adults that are 65-74 years of age over the past five decades have been retaining their natural teeth for a longer period of time. According to the Department of Health and Human Services the increase of dental practioners and dental visits over the course of the last few decades have impacted oral health in a positive trend.

The care that  dentists provide now have evolved to meet challenges that an older population presents, said Dr. Bruce Dye, corresponding author of the article and a researcher with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. "The data show that older adults are keeping more of their natural teeth, and complete tooth loss is the lowest in the modern era in the United States, which of course is good news," said Dr. Dye. "Because previous studies have shown that tooth loss can reduce quality of life and lessen the likelihood of eating a healthy and diverse diet, having more teeth present suggests an increased need to protect oral health in older adults to prevent such concerns as root cavities and periodontal disease — thus helping to improve overall quality of life."

 Overall, regulary attending routine dental cleaning appointments as well as seeing a dentist to adress specific dental concerns increases the longevity of your beautiful smile !                                                                                 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2019-archive/january/jada-more-older-adults-keeping-their-natural-teeth-longer

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