There is longstanding debate in dental circles over the exact relationship between oral hygiene, fluoride, and prevention of tooth decay. But one thing is certain, no one should underestimate the importance of fluoride in preventing cavities, and by extension, tooth loss.
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we deal with tooth loss in the 21st Century. They have made vast improvements both to individual replacement teeth and to dentures (via implant-supported denture systems) and are easily the superior choice in most dental situations.
The state of oral health in America today is far better than it was decades ago, but it is still far less impressive than in could be. And unfortunately, it's often those over 65 who have suffer the most from a wide array of oral health problems.
Poor oral health can lead to cavities, tooth loss, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and even to infections and inflammations spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body.
There are ways to treat these problems, of course, through periodontal treatment, dental implants, fillings, and more - but prevention is much to be desired over cure.
With around 50,000 people newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer per year, and some 10,000 succumbing to oral cancer annually, it's important for everyone to get a regular oral cancer screening.