Several years ago, a 92 year old retired Air Force colonel visited the office of Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp. He had some significant dental issues and wanted his entire mouth restored. Dr. Van Gurp couldn’t help but ask him why, at age 92, he insisted on going through the time and expense to have all of this dental work completed. The colonel paused, smiled and told me that, at his age, there were few things in life that he could still enjoy and eating was one of them. He wasn’t willing to give that up. Are you willing to give that up?
A better question might be: do you plan to lose your teeth? For most people, that may be an absurd question. Of course, no one ever plans to lose their teeth. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 25% of adults 60 years old and older no longer have any natural teeth. In fact, it is usually because of a lack of planning that people lose their teeth.
A key point to understand is that dental problems usually progress silently unaware to the patient until the problems are advanced. With advanced dental problems, the cost of repair is much more than if the problems were detected early.
Dental problems and tooth loss can quickly become a quality of life issue. Things Dr. Van Gurp hears from patients include: “I just can’t chew my food as well.” or “I am embarrassed by my smile.” The reality is that tooth loss affects one’s appearance, their ability to digest food, their self-esteem, confidence, comfort and more.
Dental disease is one of the most preventable of diseases. But prevention requires a dentist and staff who are both thorough in their examination process and knowledgeable in the most current methods. Should major dental problems already exist, it is best to seek the help of a dentist who has the advanced training to ensure an excellent result.
Don’t leave your dental future to chance. If you want to ensure that you enjoy “life’s remaining pleasures”, give the Charlotte dental office of Dr. Richard Van Gurp a call at 704-542-2884.
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