The myth busters – Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett, of course!
They’re so ready to sink their teeth into this myth and let you know if it’s a “Tooth Truth” or a “Mouth Myth.” So, let’s see what they have to say …
Is tooth loss just a normal consequence of aging?
No. Definitely not. This is absolutely a Mouth Myth!
Tooth loss is not a normal and unavoidable part of aging. Your teeth are intended to last a lifetime and with good oral care and professional dental services they will.
So why the proverbial image of grandma and grandpa’s teeth in a glass next to their bed? Certainly nothing to smile about, the fallacy that losing your teeth is a natural part of aging originated from an era when routine dental procedures to prevent tooth lose were not generally practiced or as available as they are today.
The Tooth Truth is that poor oral hygiene and neglecting to see your dentist for regular dental services has way more to do with tooth loss than growing older does.
Sure, the aging process does bring on some additional oral health issues …
Tooth root decay develops more quickly as we grow older, but fortunately frequent fluoride treatments minimize this risk along with tooth cavities. The natural cleansing process of salivary production slows down later in life causing more plaque build-up – making routine cleanings and dental procedures even more important. Professional dental cleanings also help to prevent periodontal disease or bone loss which is the number one reason why folks lose their teeth.
Your Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley Wakefield and Dr. Bennett Isabella, want to remind you that oral health affects an individual’s entire life. Healthful nutrition, clear and confident speech and a nice looking smile are important to physical and mental well being and depend on healthy teeth and gums. As former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated, “You are not healthy without good oral health.”
Professionally and gently providing the dental services that guard against tooth loss, Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dentistry has created a Senior Dental Benefit Program for those 62 years of age or older. It’s a cost effective alternative to conventional dental insurance that provides a full spectrum of preventative dental procedures plus some additional benefits for one low annual fee. (Another bonus – it requires no forms or paperwork!)
This low cost Senior Dental Benefit Program at Dakota Dental Family Dentistry provides you with $514 worth of annual preventive dental services for a low annual program fee of $299 – a savings of $215.
Included in our Senior Dental Benefit Program are two exams, two professional cleanings, two fluoride treatments, up to four x-rays per year and a $98 credit towards periodontal prophy. Participants also receive 15% off needed restorations and dental procedures including tooth colored fillings, crowns and bridges, periodontal procedures, teeth whitening, dentures, full mouth x-rays, dental implants and denture stabilization.
If it’s been quite a few years since the Tooth Fairy paid you a visit, come into Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dentistry and check out our low cost Senior Dental Benefit Program – your teeth are worth a lot more in your mouth than they are under your pillow or in a glass next to your bed!