Are We Outliving Our Teeth?
There have been so many important advancements in dentistry in recent history, from fluoride toothpaste to minimally invasive bonded fillings, from braces to digital x-rays. As a profession, we have expanded awareness of best oral hygiene practices and the power of prevention when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease.
But one persistent problem dentists and patients are facing is that our teeth were not designed to last as long as we are living. The life expectancy of someone born in the United States today is over 79 years old. In 1960, the average life expectancy was a full 10 years younger than it is today. And if you were ...