April 2018 3
For many adults, the idea of losing a tooth sounds like a nightmare — 99.7% of Americans surveyed say that having a healthy smile is a key factor in one’s social life, and nearly three-quarters (74%) say that an unattractive smile could even hurt their chances of having a successful career.
Yet having one or more missing teeth is more common than you may think. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 36 million Americans are missing at least one of their pearly whites.
But is having a missing tooth really all that serious? It might be easy to think that one can go about their lives normally after losing one of their adult teeth, but the reality isn’t always so simple. Keep reading to find out the facts about having a missing tooth — and whether or not you should speak to your family dentist about replacing it with a dental implant:
Missing teeth make eating a challenge
Going to the dentist is probably not high on anyone’s list, but it is something that is very important, not only for the health of your teeth and mouth, but also for your overall health. Many people avoid going to the dentist for a number of reasons, most of which are not valid. On the other hand, 96% believe an attractive smile makes them more appealing to the opposite sex. If you want to keep that appealing smile and have good teeth, you need to go to the dentist regularly. Here are some of the reasons it’s important.
Some people believe that regular brushing and flossing is enough, and they only need to see the dentist if they notice a problem or experience pain. That’s not true, however, as nearly half the population over 30 has some form of periodontal disease, and that number increases to 70% for people over 65. Mild forms of the disease may not present any symptoms, but they will be apparent to a trained practitioner of general dentistry. That’s why it’s important to see you (more…)
Cosmetic dentistry might seem like a relatively new idea. After all, how long have braces and bridges, crowns and veneers really been used to brighten our smiles and improve our teeth? It turns out it might be longer than you think. Read on for more of the fascinating history of cosmetic dentistry.
Before the Early Years: 3000 BC
Ok, so this might not actually qualify as cosmetic dentistry, but we do know that people were concerned about the cleanliness of their teeth and the look of their smiles even back then. As long ago as 3000 BC people were using sticks to clean their teeth! Apparently not much has changed. Almost 100% of modern (more…)