Hi guys and gals out there. I’m Dr. Joe Nemeth I’m a Periodontist in Southfield, Michigan and I want to talk about maybe a little-known fact that will help keep you looking young as you get older. You know, when you’re young your skin is tight its firm your cheekbones are high your skin is plump like, Olivia get over here. I want to show people what youth looks like. So this is Olivia she works in our office and this is what youth looks like. I don’t think I ever looked quite this good, but this is this is youth and we generally in our society we want to maintain a youthful look as long as we can. Now I’m actually a hundred and forty two, but because I take good care of myself I don’t look more than 93 but at any rate. One of the things that really makes a difference is tooth loss and the bone in your mouth. I’m sure we’ve known older people who as they’ve gotten older and have lost their teeth their lower jaw starts to stick out a little bit, the upper jaw starts to collapse a little bit and it gives them that typical kind of older look. Well you know in our society again it’s nice to look good youthful look is kind of important in our culture. So really one of the tips in keeping good facial structure is keeping your teeth. Adequate calcium, vitamin D, good oral hygiene, exercise actually chewing using your jaw a fair amount and again good oral hygiene as I’ve mentioned many times in the past is critical. If you have teeth and you have adequate bone, it’s going to help fill out your cheeks fill out your jaws and give you a more youthful look. Now as we get older if we start to lose teeth when we lose teeth that bone really just kind of atrophies or disappears it goes away because there’s nothing to stimulate it to keep it there that’s what teeth do they have a function they chew and they need the bone to support them and so the bone stays there but if you lose teeth then that bone disappears, unless you put implants in. Now implants actually function like your own teeth in many ways, they are like the roots of your teeth. They’re put into the bone and crowns or teeth are put on top of them and they function like your own teeth. So they tend to maintain the bone that would normally be lost so keeping your teeth means keeping your mouth healthy. Keep your teeth if you can, but sometimes you can’t and if you can’t then the best way to replace them, virtually all the time, is dental implants If you have any suggestions, we would really like to get your feedback. What else would you like to know about? And again I’m Dr. Joe Nemeth. Remember a healthy mouth will give you a healthier body. Stay well and take care of yourself! Restore your smile and your health with the help of Dr. Nemeth and his associates. Visit Dr. Nemeth.com to schedule your appointment today!