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of elderly mississippians deal with tooth loss. that's according to a new report. wtvas daranesha herron uncovers the measures that need to be done to reverse that trend. tag ." take packageas livedentists here at tupelo smiles family dentist and cosmetics say there are several factors as to why tooth loss is so prevalent here in mississippi.they provided simple steps to improve dental care.according to the state of decay report- in mississippi 55 percent of adults over the age of 65 have lost six or more teeth."it's better to be proactive than reactive as far as tooth loss and things like that go." - john kenneydentist john kenney says it takes at least 3 years to lose a tooth.he says years of not brushing properly..eating and drinking sugars as well as smoking tobacco can lead to tooth loss.financial reason play a role."some have to do with insurance. weather they have it or not. some is fear, cost, time."- john kennedy,dentistdentist richard caren says the lack of fluoride in our water is not as much of an issue as it was in years past. he says today's food provides more than what is required.stand up although seeing a dentist twice a year is recommended, they say dentist are just a resource and what you do at home is what will keep your teeth healthy."brushing twice a day for 2 minutes. flossing at least once a day. good to remember reducing surgery drinks." - john kenneycaren says the easiest way to changed the rate of tooth decay in mississippi is by educating children on how to properly brush their teeth."i always tell parents to brush their child's teeth at least once a day and let them brush it the other times. it's all about building a habit. if you can establish a habit the battle is already won." - richard caren, dentisttagthe dentists say these simple daily habits could not only lead to healthier teeth but also a healthier life.reporting in tupelo daranesha herron wtva9news according to the report from oral health america- the states with the least amount of tooth loss are hawaii, utah and colorado.