In the UK we have an ageing population and the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to rise to more than 20% by 2025, that’s 2.5 million more older people.
We can all expect to live longer too, say our Fulham dentists. Life expectancy in England now stands at 79.5 for men and 83 for women.
Teeth for life
Dentists Ayzaaz Akram, Shiraz Akram and Riz Syed explain that looking after our teeth so that they last us well into our old age has never been more important. If we can’t eat properly, we can’t look after ourselves properly and this can have a dramatic effect on our wellbeing.
As we get older it can become more difficult to visit the dentist because of ill health, mobility issues, having to rely on lifts from other people and the worry of the visits themselves.
But we would like to stress the importance of visiting your dentist at least once a year, preferably twice – even if you have no natural teeth of your own left. This is the advice that we give to our NHS and private patients who visit us from across SW6, Fulham and Parsons Green.
Mouth cancer screening for peace of mind
During the dental health checks at Pure Smiles in Fulham we carry out mouth cancer screening. Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than women and 86% of cases are diagnosed in those aged over 50. Smokers and drinkers are particularly at risk.
Early detection of mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90%. However, delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%. Let us give you peace of mind by checking your mouth for the early signs of mouth cancer.
What’s the point of hygiene?
We believe that dental hygiene is one of the most important services we offer at our two Fulham Road dental practices. Dentists treat disease but hygienists help prevent it from starting in the first place.
This is especially important as gum disease has been linked to many serious illnesses, including heart disease, bacterial lung infections, strokes, diabetes and dementia.