New book explains the dental turning point for baby boomers.
Story: Dr. Michael Tischler
When a person has failing dental health, their overall health and self-esteem also are affected. Failing or missing teeth can affect a person’s ability to gain or keep employment, their social interactions, and other areas of life.
Baby boomers are one of the largest segments of the U.S. population—and the ones most affected by failing dental health. There are 75 million people born between the years 1946-1964, and every day 10,000 of them are turning 65 years old. My new book, “Teeth Tomorrow: The Dental Turning Point for Baby Boomers,” addresses the problem of baby boomers who have to make decisions about their oral health in the middle and later years of life.
As people age, so does their oral health as well as their dental work. Medicare does not cover adult dental care, and dental insurance does not cover most major dental procedures, so this presents a problem for many baby boomers. With this many people affected and the severity of the impact on their lives, this can be considered an upcoming health epidemic.
The “turning point” for these baby boomers occurs when a decision must be made—do they keep trying to save and repair their natural teeth, or do they move on to other alternatives? For some, it has been an ongoing issue for years, perhaps decades. One failing tooth may have started it all, but since then, it has been one trip to the dentist after another. Their dental history could include fillings, crowns, extractions, gum disease, root canals, and much more.
Alternatives to saving natural teeth can include dentures, which are not an ideal tooth replacement, or dental implants, which offer many more advantages, such as a better ability to chew food and more permanence. Baby boomers and others at this dental turning point need to take control of their lives, accept responsibility for their overall well-being, and act with dogged determination to find the solution that allows them to achieve their goals of a healthier, happier lifestyle.
In the book, Dr. Claudia Patch and I clearly spell out for patients the available options, and help guide them to make better choices for their future. The advantages and disadvantages of the options are covered in detail, and photographs of each option are included. We explain in detail why the “Teeth Tomorrow” process has many advantages, and the protocols involved to replace failing teeth with dental implants and a zirconia bridge.
This book is a resource of dental experts for the boomer population facing oral health decisions.
Various stories from patients who have gone through this process are included. Each was fed up with temporary quick fixes and seemingly endless problems, so they sought a better solution. These people simply wanted a better quality of life, and bravo to them for taking that initiative. They envisioned a future where their teeth were no longer at the forefront of their minds and every action they took.
With Teeth Tomorrow full arch restorations, and a new smile, they found a brighter day, with a carefree smile, limitless possibilities, and a renewed passion for life.