Despite advances in dental technology and improved access to education regarding oral hygiene, tooth loss remains a problem for many people in the United States. So how does the state of Georgia compare to other states when it comes to tooth loss? According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia is ranked #9 when it comes to tooth loss as defined as the percentage of adults aged sixty-five or older who have had all of their teeth extracted. This may sound like a good ranking, but it is not. This means that the percentage of people over the age of 65 who have lost their teeth (28.2%) is higher than all but eight other states in the country. So, which state ranked the worst? That would be West Virginia (42.8%) followed by Kentucky (38.1%) and Tennessee (32.2%). You may be wondering which state has the lowest percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who has had all of their teeth extracted. The answer is Connecticut. Connecticut is ranked lowest among all the states in the United States when it comes to tooth loss. Their percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who have had all of their teeth extracted is just 12.4%.
Experts cite a higher education level and better access to dental care as two of the biggest reasons for Connecticut’s low rate of tooth loss. So what can we learn from the residents of Connecticut when it comes to avoiding tooth loss? We can learn that brushing your teeth at least two times daily and flossing at least one time daily can really go a long way in protecting your dental health and preserving your teeth for many years to come. We can also learn that visiting the dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and exams is essential to safeguarding your long-term dental health. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can increase the chances of finding and treating any dental health issues such as dental carries and gum disease in their earliest stages, before they threaten the health of your teeth.
Even with the best of oral hygiene and dental care, tooth loss can still occur. The good news is that there are now a wide variety of effective options for replacing missing teeth. Many advanced dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, are now offering dental implants. Dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are interested in dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth, please call Pure Dental Health to schedule an appointment.
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