When my patients near retirement age or are already in retirement and have unaddressed dental issues, they sometimes tell me, ”Why should I do anything about this at my age?”
I often respond by asking them two questions:
Statistics show that once you’ve reached 65 years old, you have a 40% chance of living to age 85 if you’re a male; 53% chance of living till age 85 as a female.
While we would like our dentistry to last forever, the reality is many of us are outliving our dental work, which is generally considered a good thing.
What is your expectation of how long your dental work should last – 10 years? 25 years? 40 years? How long do we expect other less important things in our life to last? We generally don’t think of “planning” for our dental health in retirement, but just “hoping” our teeth will hold up is not a plan.
Dr. Charles Mayo stated long ago that people who keep their teeth live 10 years longer than those who don’t.
Our dental health team can help you develop a plan to keep your teeth the rest of your life, which hopefully will be almost 20-30 years after retirement, if not more.
Of all the times in your life to be eating what you want, it should be in your “golden years.” I have seen many people stop taking care of their dental health later in life, only to spend those years unable to eat the foods they enjoy.
As humans, we enjoy food during most of life’s celebrations (and even the traditional family meal), so being limited on what we can eat because we didn’t take care of our teeth can affect the quality of our life.
Who wants their teeth to decide what they can and cannot eat?
In addition, we need proper nutrition to stay healthy and chewing food with “dentures” is simply not the same.
The Dental Health Coach Team can help you develop a plan to eat what you want the rest of your life!
So, if you are in need of some dental care around retirement age ask yourself – am I worth it?