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What is Anti-Aging Dentistry?

Posted on September 27, 2011 | in Anti-Aging Dentistry | by

We all get old.

Despite the newest advances in technology, medicine, and even dentistry, that is an undeniable fact none of us can avoid.

But there are steps we can take to mitigate health problems and degenerative ailments, allowing us to not only age gracefully but also with a better understanding of how technological advancements in medicine can also improve our quality of life.

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And we’re not talking about growth hormone therapy to retain the Rocky-esque physique, or sleeping in hyperbaric chambers like Michael Jackson.

While those methods of personal anti-aging wellness may certainly prove advantageous for some, most of us don’t have the resources or even the desire to explore such extremes.

However, most of us can certainly benefit from a little anti-aging dentistry.

According to transgenerational.org; today, one out of every 9 Americans is “old”—another former youth turns 50 every 8 seconds. Those age 65 and older now exceed 35 million, a number poised to explode. January 2011 ushered in the first of approximately 77 million Baby Boomers, born from 1946 through 1964 and are surging toward the gates of retirement.

Anti-aging dentistry is not a fad, phase, or sales pitch.

bit_collapse_anti_aging_dentistryTechnology and medicine combine to offer the growing elderly population a way to not only reduce the visual signs of aging, but more importantly the health-related oral systemic issues often associated with tooth and gum degeneration.

Yes, Botox injections and purely cosmetic dentistry applications certainly offer the elderly population an expanded array of dental options to combat the outwardly noticeable indications of time.

But, anti-aging dentistry also addresses the oral systemic health issues such as neuromuscular dentistry, and even the removal and rehabilitation of old porcelain veneers, fillings, or crowns.

A recent press release from a dentist in Santa Monica, California, outlines another area of concern among the growing population of elderly dental patients – ‘bite collapse.’

While Los Angeles is probably the epicenter of anti-aging dentistry as it relates to vanity and cosmetics, that doesn’t mean oral systemic health doesn’t receive top billing!

So, how can this building groundswell of dental health information move its way across the country and around the world?

Interpersonal communication.

How can you learn more about anti-aging dentistry?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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