She was preceded yesterday by an 85 year old gentleman who has replaced a number of his teeth with implants and has maintained his other teeth with excellent care on his part as well as the contribution we have made to his dental health. Upon leaving, Mr. V. commented that he tells his kids: Take care of your teeth because when you get as old as I am, in his case 85, having a healthy mouth enables you to eat anything you want" which seems to contribute mightily to the enjoyment of the later years.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I now have 400 patients over 80 years of age, 90 patients over the age of 85, 40 patients over 90 years of age, and several patients over 95 years of age.
A number of years ago, the Mayo Clinic proclaimed that having a healthy mouth can add 10 years to your life. This was their observation. I can only second that many times over by the wealth of remarkably healthy and rigorous octogenarians and nonagenarians who populate my office on a daily basis.
Dr. Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.