Parker M Jarvis DDS
General Dentist
555 West Schrock Road Suite 120 = Westerville = OH 43081 = (614) 882-5208

Impact of lost teeth on total health

In the past, even in the Westerville area, the loss of teeth (edentulism) was dismissed as a natural part of the aging process, and dentures were considered a normal sign of old age.

While such ignorance is rapidly becoming a thing of the past in Westerville, there is still not a general awareness of the seriousness of edentulism.

Multiple tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, i.e. gum and bone disease.  At Parker M Jarvis DDS & Associates Inc we know that periodontal disease has a high statistical correlation with chronic debilitating diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

So it is not very surprising that studies now show a shortened life expectancy by as much as 10 years for persons who have lost their natural teeth, when compared to those who have kept their teeth.

In addition to longevity, quality-of-life differences are just as significant.  The functional efficiency of dentures has been measured to be only 20% of that of natural teeth.  Dr. Jarvis feels that there cannot be any doubt that nutritional deficiencies will be much more prevalent in those without their natural teeth.

Loss of teeth often causes a feeling of loss of wholeness and a sense of deterioration and aging.  Given these factors, we feel at Parker M Jarvis DDS & Associates Inc that preservation of the natural teeth is integral to whole-person wellness.

Lost Teeth
In Westerville Ohio and the surrounding
Columbus - New Albany - Gahanna - Worthington OH areas.

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Dr. Jarvis is licensed to perform all listed services as a general dentist. This provider is not a specialist in family, crowns,
gum disease, sedation, prosthodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, cosmetic, whitening, implants and non-specialty interest
areas that require no specific educational training to advertise this service.