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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
36 | www.probussouthpacific.org HEALTH M ost people hitting the big 5-0 have many of their own teeth. The Australian Dental Association puts this down to modern dentistry’s shift towards preventative care, meaning that more people are keeping their teeth for life and without large fillings. Even so, having a good set of chompers doesn’t mean you should stop seeing your dentist. Yet data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that people over 65 visit their dentist less than the rest of the Australian population, with men visiting less than women. Why dental health matters Dental health is about more than a fresh mouth; it is also an important part of maintaining general health. “Good oral health sets the tone for overall body health,” Dr Peter Alldritt, Chairman of the Australian Dental Association Oral Health Committee explains. “Dentists look beyond the teeth and gums in order to help you live a healthy life.” Teeth Adult teeth should last a lifetime when properly cared for. Without teeth you can’t chew food properly. “If you don’t have a good set of teeth, your ability to eat and basic nutritional needs are compromised,” says Dr Alldritt. A good oral health care routine won’t just ensure your pearly whites are the talk of the town; it will also help keep the rest of your body tip top, writes Simone McClenaughan. Smile files
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