Senior Session: Your Questions About Tooth Loss

Do you have some questions about your status as a senior and tooth loss? If you’ve always been under the impression that there’s simply no way around losing your teeth in your senior years, you will be happy to find out that this is not the case! Allow us to offer you some enlightenment with the help of a question-and-answer session, so you can continue feeling optimistic about caring for your smile (that can absolutely remain in good health).

Questions and Answers

Question: Do most senior citizens end up losing all of their teeth? I assumed that this was simply something that came with age and that no matter what I do, I will require a prosthetic to replace missing teeth.

Answer: No. Most seniors actually keep most of their teeth. If you are worried about this concern, feel free to speak with us during your next visit.

Question: If age isn’t a factor then what is the driving issue behind tooth loss?

Answer: Hygiene-related issues are generally the main cause of this type of oral health concern. You end up losing teeth due to severe decay, infection, periodontal problems, and more.

Question: What can I do to keep my smile intact, so tooth loss does not affect me as I get older?

Answer: You should keep doing what you’re doing. Children, adults, and seniors alike should all use fluoridated toothpaste to brush twice a day (and should floss once a day). Your checkups and cleanings with us should also remain consistent (twice a year).