The power of a smile is enormous. "When you are smiling," Charlie Chaplin wrote, "the whole world smiles with you." A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. . . Anonymous
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PREVENTIVE AWARENESS AT CHAVIS DENTAL
Whatever your age, it's important to keep your mouth clean, healthy and feeling good. And it's important to know the state of your periodontal health.
• At least half of non-institutionalized people over age 55 have periodontitis.
• Almost one out of four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth.
• Receding gum tissue affects the majority of older people.
• Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the leading causes of tooth loss in older adults.

What you may not realize is that oral health is not just important for maintaining a nice-looking smile. Good oral health is essential to quality of life.

Consider a few of the reasons:

A major cause of failure in joint replacements is infection, which can travel to the site of the replacement from the mouth in people with periodontal disease.

• People with dentures or loose and missing teeth often have restricted diets since biting into fresh fruits and vegetables is often not only difficult, but also painful. This likely means they don't get proper nutrition.
• Most men and women age 65 and older report that a smile is very important to a person's appearance.

Chavis Dental has several programs in place that act like an early warning notice of future health issues. These include 1) a soft tissue management program to detect the early stages of periodontal disease; 2) periodic monitoring of older restorations which may contain hidden cracks; 3) regular evaluation of changes in patients' mouths, which can be indicators of other health issues.


Tip: Ask us about these preventive awareness programs and the critical role that periodontal health plays in our overall health.
Source: perio.org

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