Lost Teeth Impact Total Oral Health For Seniors In the Washington DC, Alexandria & Arlington
the past, the loss of teeth was dismissed as a natural part of the aging
process in the Washington DC, Alexandria and Arlington community area, and dentures were considered a normal sign of old age. While
such ignorance is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, there is still
not a general awareness of the seriousness of edentulism.
Multiple tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, i.e.
gum and bone disease. Periodontal disease has a high statistical
correlation with chronic debilitating disease, such as diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
So, it is not very surprising that studies now show a shortened life
expectancy by as much as 10 years for persons nationally, and in the Washington DC
area, who have lost their natural teeth, when compared to those who have
kept their teeth.