Tooth loss is a major problem for seniors because it's linked to both physical and mental decline.
Why Seniors Suffer from Tooth Loss
Socioeconomic status is one of the biggest factors regarding tooth loss to mental and physical decline. This is why it's so important to educate members of the lower class about the importance of taking care of their oral health and their general health too.
Oftentimes, the fact that these people don't get routine dental care is also a problem. They don't have a dentist who notices when their teeth are going bad so they can take steps to help stop things before they get too far out of hand.
Lifestyle and psychological factors also cause additional issues here. Some seniors suffer from such bad anxiety that they can't step inside of a dental office. When this is coupled with poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, the problem is compounded.
How Tooth Loss Affects Seniors
Researchers from the UK's University College London (UCL) drew several conclusions after they analyzed data from over 3,100 adults who were over the age of 60. They found that there are many ways that tooth loss affects seniors. Not only does it cause you to walk slower but it also causes you to have poorer memory.
In fact, people who lost all their natural teeth performed 10% worse than those who still had all their natural teeth. This is why doctors are now using this as an early marker of decline in people between the ages of 60 - 74.
Total tooth loss is rare when seniors see their dentist. By making an appointment with our office, we can watch for signs of periodontal or gum disease. This is the most common cause of tooth loss today.
When we see you for a routine appointment, we can help make sure you're proactive in avoiding this so call and set up an appointment today.