As you become older, the value of good dental care becomes more important. Older adults are more prone to a range of oral health problems, including periodontal disease, root decay and darkened teeth. These problems make it more likely that they will lose their teeth. In addition, they may cause a range of other health problems such as heart disease and pneumonia, which have been linked to poor oral health.
According to the CDC, gum disease becomes more severe with age, increasing the likelihood that seniors aged 65 and up will lose their teeth as their attachment to the adjoining gum tissue is weakened.