About Your Longevity

About Your Longevity

Tooth Loss & Your Longevity:
How many teeth have you lost?


Did you know that the number of teeth you have could tell you
how long you’ll live?

Research has shown that the number of teeth we lose can be an indication to our quality of life and how long we might live. And what’s pretty interesting, studies report that if a person has a full set of teeth by the time they are 74 years old, they are more likely to reach 100 years old.

Other aspects that are directly related to tooth loss is the amount of “stress” during a person’s lifetime. Types of stress includes:

  • Chronic disease

  • Genetics

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Nutritional choices

  • Social experiences

  • Emotional health

  • Economic situation

  • and even the person’s Educational experiences

Studies suggest if a person who loses five or more teeth by the age of 65, they are more likely to suffer from other serious health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease – all which could take a toll on a person’s life expectancy.

Tooth loss can be caused by situations out of our control, such as injuries or genetics. However, tooth loss is mostly caused by reasons within our control, such as smoking or poor oral hygiene, which are causes for gum disease which leads to tooth loss.  

Dr. Planer & Team recommend cutting back on sugary foods and beverages, brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and schedule regular dental visits to keep as many teeth throughout your life to live a longer healthier life.  

Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 692-2130

About Dr. Chris Planer

Dr. Christopher Planer is from Gastonia, NC. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill. He continued on at Chapel Hill to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) where he graduated with honors and was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society. In 2012, Dr. Planer earned a general practice residency certificate with the MAHEC Dental Health Center in Asheville, NC. He is married to a wonderful and talented lady (and also a dentist), Dr. Jessica Oliver Planer, who he met in dental school. She currently practices in Arden. Dr. Planer has volunteered his time and dental services both here at home for the Missions of Mercy (MOM) Clinics as well as outside the US where he has traveled to the small village of Miacatlan, Mexico to provide dental care to young children at an orphanage. Dr. Planer is thrilled to be serving Hendersonville and the surrounding communities.Dr. Planer enjoys good BBQ and a challenging hike. He is an athlete who enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and running. He loves UNC basketball and football and is a die-hard Tar Heel fan! GO HEELS!!!

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