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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

Filling In Your Gaps

Have you ever considered dental implants?

Do you have gaps in your smile that hinder your self-confidence, or create challenging issues with eating and speaking from having an incomplete set of teeth? The loss of even a couple of teeth can cause other teeth to shift. This results in unevenly spaced teeth (a poor bite), and may cause headaches or grinding in your sleep that damages your teeth. Fortunately, there are many options including dental implants, implant dentures or implant bridges, that can restore your bite and appearance

What are Dental Implants? 
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are positioned into the bone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. They also look and feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

How do Dental Implants Work?
They provide stable support for artificial teeth, and dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or move around in your mouth — an important benefit when eating and speaking.

Ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not an option for some people due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

Are you a good candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for implants is someone who:

  • Has healthy gums and oral tissue.

  • Follows a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash.

  • Have sufficient bone mass to support the placement of dental implants.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or want to ask Dr. Planer if you are an ideal candidate, call us today at 692-2130, to schedule an office visit.

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