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The Effect of Aging on Your Dental Health

We are all getting older. That is just a fact that cannot be denied. The American population is also getting older. In fact, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the population of Americans older than 65 years is expected to double to about 71 million by 2040. And, the population of Americans older than 85 years is expected to increase to 9.6 million by 2030. As Americans are living longer and longer, our teeth are expected to last longer too. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Your oral health at any age is integral to your overall health. This is true whether you are a child, teenager or senior citizen. Failing or missing teeth can contribute to a variety of other serious health problems including poor nutrition, overweight, obesity and related disorders. If your teeth are not fully functional and you are not able to adequately chew and digest a wide variety of foods, your diet and therefore your overall health will suffer.

This is not good news for the many older Americans who are missing one or more of their teeth. In fact, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of persons age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. Nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.  So how can you prevent this from happening to you?

Preventing failing or missing teeth when you are older requires developing and implementing healthy habits when you are young. If you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, you have to take care of them throughout your life. This highlights the importance of educating children about good oral hygiene. It also highlights the importance of receiving regular dental care throughout all the different stages of your life.  Many times, young professionals and busy parents prioritize their dental care behind other things such as their work, their family and their children’s dental care. This is not a good idea and can really come back to haunt you in the future. Taking care of your teeth today by visiting your dentist regularly and practicing good daily oral hygiene can help you avoid costly and painful dental problems in the future.

If you want to increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime, you better start taking care of them today. If you have been neglecting your dental health, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today. Someday, when you are much older, you will be glad you did!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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