Do you take good care of your teeth? In addition to having regular dentist visits, part of maintaining your smile involves brushing and flossing regularly. Another key element to promoting dental health is purchasing a new toothbrush more often than you may be doing.
While 22% of the people that participated in a recent survey stated that they flossed daily, 75% admitted that they didn’t change their toothbrushes as often as they knew they should. Furthermore, when considering that on average, people wait 3 years between dental appointments, it’s not surprising so many people suffer from a variety of dental issues.
Poor dental health can affect a person’s overall health and well-being. Whether it’s pain due to an untreated cavity or cracked tooth, an infection such as an abscess, or periodontal disease, these and other issues can adversely affect an individual’s daily life. When left untreated, it’s also possible that these issues can lead to the loss of one or more teeth.
The bacteria and chronic inflammation associated with periodontal disease, for example, destroys the jaw bone which causes teeth to come loose. Some form of periodontal disease is common with 47.2% of people in the 30 year and older age group. When left untreated, or if treated sporadically, this disease can increase with age. Recent figures show that for adults 65 years and older, 70.1% have periodontal disease.
As a result of periodontal disease and other issues, over 30 million people in the United States have lost all of their teeth in either one or both of their jaws. For those Americans that are only missing a few teeth, 15 million have crowns, dentures and partials.
More and more Americans, however, are choosing tooth implants to replace their missing teeth. Recent figures show that 3 million people have already had one or more tooth implants, and 500,000 more people are opting for this procedure on an annual basis. Currently, 10% of dentists in the United States provide this service, and there are more dentists planning to offer it as part of their practice.
Even though 99.7% of adults participating in an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey claimed that a healthy smile is socially important, and 74% believe their career success can be hurt by an unattractive smile, it’s possible that many of these individuals may need dental work. In fact, 32% of the survey participants indicated that they were “concerned by the look of their teeth,” and 18% responded that they tend to keep their mouths closed for photos.
When you take good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and changing your tooth brush often, it’s also a good idea to schedule regular teeth whitening sessions to brighten up that smile. At the first sign of a cavity, abscess, or periodontal disease, it’s important to seek the services of a dentist. If you do need a dental extraction, consider tooth implants because they have the appearance and feel of real teeth.