As we age, we start to notice a difference in our skin, our hair, our joints, etc. but many of us don’t pay too much attention to our teeth. We use our teeth for so much…from the obvious such as chewing and talking to the not so obvious like kissing and non verbal communication. So the question is, “How long will you need your teeth?” And I am willing to bet that the simple answer is “For the rest of my life.” Well, how long do you plan on being alive? The average life expectancy for men in the U.S. is 75.6 years. For women, it’s 80.8. Almost all people get their adult teeth from the ages of about 6-13 years. That is a long time that you need your teeth to last. As we live longer it becomes more important to take great care of your smile and keep it in working order. As we age, digestion becomes less efficient and having multiple missing teeth and/or a denture decreases that efficiency even more.
If you have a problem tooth, please get it fixed. It might cost more than you had expected, but this is your health and well-being at stake. If you think losing one tooth won’t matter, you could be right. But what we normally see is that your teeth are a team working together. If one player leaves, the rest have to pick up the slack and they in turn tire more quickly and break down. It could turn into a situation like dominoes and you could be fighting an uphill battle with breakdown and problem teeth. With proper care and maintenance you can enjoy your later years eating, talking and kissing the grandkids with less time in the dental chair or soaking your dentures on the nightstand 🙂