Almost 50% of Portuguese who lose teeth don’t replace them

A study conducted by the Order of Dentists has revealed that 68% of Portuguese have lost one or more teeth, and only half this number has false teeth or implants. Almost 13% of those who have lost teeth have lost more than eight. Less than a third of the population all their own teeth.

It’s a sad reflection on the lack of consideration given to dental hygiene, says the order, whose president Orlando da Silva says the consequences go way beyond the cosmetic.

The lack teeth can affect how people eat, how they talk and how they feel about themselves, he said.