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Gum Disease Increases Tooth Loss Risk for Women.

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:31pm
The American Academy of General Dentistry reports that more than half of all women who reached the age of 50 in 2000 will live to be at least 80 years old. The average 65-year old woman will live another 17.3 years.

One out of three women in the United States will have none of her original teeth by the age of 65.

The January 1999 issue of the Journal of Periodontology reported, "At least 23 percent of women ages 30 to 54 have periodontitis (an advanced state of periodontal disease in which there is active destruction of the supporting tissues). Forty-four percent of women ages 55 to 90 who still have their teeth will have periodontitis."

These statistics are consistent with 2005 data.

Although most women take better care of their health than most men do, women's oral health isn't noticeably better than men's. It is vital that women take care of their oral health, especially during times of increased hormonal production.

What I know for sure is that it's all connected.

Saundra Goodman
Got Teeth A Survivor's Guide
How to keep your teeth or live without them.
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