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What percentage of 70 year olds have their natural teeth? 50%? What determines if a person avoids dentures? Does stress make a person lose his/her teeth?

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In many instances, excess stress can cause someone to grind and clench their teeth.
The excess forces, over time, can cause the teeth to wear away, resulting in chipping and breakage. Long term grinding is also associated with bone loss around the affected teeth and problems with the temporomandibular joint (tmj pain). Bone loss generally occurs over a long period of time and can be minimized or prevented with a bruxism appliance. The appliance does not stop you from grinding, but rather absorbs the excess forces and deflects those grinding forces away from your teeth. So yes, in certain circumstances, stress can be a factor in premature tooth loss.

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In many instances, excess stress can cause someone to grind and clench their teeth.
The excess forces, over time, can cause the teeth to wear away, resulting in chipping and breakage. Long term grinding is also associated with bone loss around the affected teeth and problems with the temporomandibular joint (tmj pain). Bone loss generally occurs over a long period of time and can be minimized or prevented with a bruxism appliance. The appliance does not stop you from grinding, but rather absorbs the excess forces and deflects those grinding forces away from your teeth. So yes, in certain circumstances, stress can be a factor in premature tooth loss.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I am not aware that feeling stressed causes one's teeth to fall out any quicker. However, if the person is suffering from significant depression that can have an impact.
Individuals who suffer from major depression may lose the energy and motivation to take care of every day activities of living such as brushing and flossing teeth. With poor dental hygiene, there is a negative impact on the health of the teeth and gums. A person who is severely depressed may stop caring about health or their appearance. They may fail to see that an option like properly fitting dentures could help them to speak, eat and could improve their appearance. On the other hand, dentures can be expensive and may not be affordable for the person. The individual may be concerned about the trauma of a dental procedure especially if they have other medical conditions. If you have a particular person in their 70's in mind, why not ask in a gentle manner to get an idea about what their thoughts are.

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I am not aware that feeling stressed causes one's teeth to fall out any quicker. However, if the person is suffering from significant depression that can have an impact.
Individuals who suffer from major depression may lose the energy and motivation to take care of every day activities of living such as brushing and flossing teeth. With poor dental hygiene, there is a negative impact on the health of the teeth and gums. A person who is severely depressed may stop caring about health or their appearance. They may fail to see that an option like properly fitting dentures could help them to speak, eat and could improve their appearance. On the other hand, dentures can be expensive and may not be affordable for the person. The individual may be concerned about the trauma of a dental procedure especially if they have other medical conditions. If you have a particular person in their 70's in mind, why not ask in a gentle manner to get an idea about what their thoughts are.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Although there is not a direct correlation with stress and tooth loss, when people are under severe stress, their immune systems do not function optimally.
Sometimes we see periodontal (gum and bone) disease worsen during periods of severe stress because the immune system is compromised and cannot fight some of the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease. This can also lead to inflammation in the gum and eventually bone loss around teeth. The best prevention for this is meticulous home care to remove the soft plaque that contains bacteria, with regular professional cleanings as prescribed by your dentist and hygienist. Some people are more suseptible to gum disease than others, but with regular care, we can minimize the rate of tooth loss.

In brief: Although

Although there is not a direct correlation with stress and tooth loss, when people are under severe stress, their immune systems do not function optimally.
Sometimes we see periodontal (gum and bone) disease worsen during periods of severe stress because the immune system is compromised and cannot fight some of the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease. This can also lead to inflammation in the gum and eventually bone loss around teeth. The best prevention for this is meticulous home care to remove the soft plaque that contains bacteria, with regular professional cleanings as prescribed by your dentist and hygienist. Some people are more suseptible to gum disease than others, but with regular care, we can minimize the rate of tooth loss.
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