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ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: DENTAL

 

During our life, we expose our teeth to almost constant wear and tear resulting in:

These factors combined with plaque associated decay and dry mouth syndrome all contribute to the degeneration and destruction of our teeth as we age.

 

Dental Retention with Age

Only a couple of generations ago, one would expect to lose their natural teeth during their mid to late years.

However, over the past several decades, the percentage of older adults who have retained their natural teeth has increased steadily. This trend is expected to continue, resulting in improved oral function and quality of life.

In 2002 among adults aged over 65 years, [CDC analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey more than half of older adults reported having most (i.e., losing five or fewer) of their natural teeth. With tooth retention, older adults remain at risk for dental caries and periodontal disease.

 

Dental Behavioural Factors

Dental healthy behaviours such as: use of fluoride, regular examinations and clinical services, and increased research into preventing oral diseases and promoting oral health among adults will hopefully continue this trend.
One notable result of the survey was the retention by older adults who:

  • smoked every day (31%)
  • smoked some days (33%)
  • had quit smoking (47%)
  • had never smoked (59%)


Interestingly, a recent survey showed that whilst 80% of Americans aged 18-49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%, these same people are NOT willing to give up their tooth staining items like coffee, soda and cigarettes.

Bruxing is also a common behaviour of clenching and grinding resulting in many destructive and phantom symptoms.

 

General Health Factors

Those in fair to poor general health had a retention rate of only 38%; whereas those with good to excellent general health status (56%).

Diabetes is another contributing factor with retention:

  • among persons with diabetes (42%)
  • those without diabetes (53%),

 

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