My husband was 69 when he died and he had most all of his teeth.
I'd say it is very different today, depending on the part of the world one lives in.
When I was growing up, there was no such thing as floss. If there was, I sure
do not recall it. I can remember in grade school a teacher instructing us how to
brush our teeth. And of course, they did not have all the info and equipment they
have today. I remember as a kid going to a dentist with a little tiny sink by the
chair in which there was a constant flow of water. He would fill a tooth and then
stop, and you would spit in that little sink. Now they stick a suction tube in your
The dental offices are all different unless they are a chain. Some old dentist with
equipment that is even older. Some new dentist with old equipment.
There are several chains. One I do recall is 'Affordable Dentures' and I think that
is a popular chain.
Well there is good and bad with dentures. They don't screw dentures in your mouth.
The top denture holds rather well in place with a multitude of various denture adhesives.
The issue is the the bottom denture. You don't have that middle area to stick to since
your tongue is there. All you have is a horse shoe. So the problem people have is
most often with the bottom denture flopping around in their mouth. It doesn't want to
My problem is very decisive. I now only have 3 teeth on the bottom. I have my
vampire teeth and on my right one more tooth beside the vampire tooth.
So the decision is pull the other three too and go with bottom denture or leave those
three and go with partial. I chose the partial. But here is the problem....
If I lose that one vampire tooth on my left front, there won't be anything on that side
to connect the partial. I decided to change it and hope that tooth will last some years.
If it does get extracted at some point, I may choose to have a screw in the bone to
place a permanent tooth so that the partial has a connection.
With partials there is hard partial which is common and now the newer partials are
called 'flex partials' because they are flexible. The flexible cost a little more but they
are easier to insert, softer, and more comfortable. With either the hard of the flex,
teeth can be added at any time but here again, it cost more to add a tooth to the flex
then it does to the hard.
Yep, it would have been nice if we had teeth that popped up again in later adult life.
Child teeth, adult teeth, and then senior teeth. That would sure been a lot better.