Howard is 102 years and he has been coming to Pi Dental Center since 1988!
Last week Howard visited our office for his scheduled oral hygiene appointment. With the exception of one dental implant, he still has all of his natural teeth. By following a rigorous oral health care regimen with routine dental office visits, Howard has maintained excellent oral health. This blog discusses dental treatment for older people.
With diligent oral hygiene and regular office visits, people can sustain their dental health for a lifetime. A healthy mouth helps to ensure overall health and quality of life. Howard is proof of this statement.
A healthy appetizing diet is essential to physical health. People who have good chewing function are able to eat a nutrient-rich and varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This is particularly true for this population. When people are able to enjoy a meal in public, they are more sociable, satisfied, able to maintain their body weight and stamina, and are generally happier.
Many patients in their seventies, eighties and nineties believe that they are too old to have advanced dental treatment like dental implants. People reason that, because they might not live many more years, it wouldn’t be cost effective to restore their mouth. Howard had his dental implant placed 25 years ago, at the ripe age of 77, and it has served him well since then.
Age is not a contraindication for dental implants. In addition, with modern medicine, people are living longer than ever before. People who replace their dentures with implant-supported teeth improve their quality of life.
If you would like to learn about dental treatment options for yourself or a family member, give us a call. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic care facility that is qualified to provide advanced dental treatment for older people. We can be reached at 215-646-6334. Or, if you prefer to contact us via the Internet, click the box below.