Your teeth matter. After all, you use your teeth and your mouth as a whole for so much, from talking to eating to drinking. Unfortunately, far too many people even here in the United States are seriously struggling with their overall dental health, something that the gathered data on the subject very much supports. After all, this data shows that nearly one third of all people are currently feeling concern over the overall condition of their teeth. In addition to this, very nearly three quarters of the adult population of America feels it is important to have a good smile when it comes to career success – and more than 95% of this same population has stated the importance of your smile when it comes to both romantic and more general social success.
Unfortunately, many people are struggling with their dental health. For one thing, more than 90% of the adult population has experienced at least one cavity – if not many more than that, for that matter. And while cavities are easy to fix, more serious dental health problems are also more common than you might realize. Another good example of a common dental health problem is that of periodontal disease, which impacts the lives of nearly half of all adults who have reached the age of 30 or are even older. And the older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from this issue. In fact, more than 70% of all adults who could be classified as elderly have been found to have some level of periodontal disease, showing just how prevalent it can be.
But what can you do to improve your overall oral health and hygiene? For one thing, making small lifestyle changes can really and truly go a long way indeed. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth using toothpaste that contains fluoride at least twice throughout the course of the day. In addition to this, flossing at least once per day will also improve your overall oral health – sometimes even quite dramatically so. And visiting the dentist twice throughout the period of a year will benefit you as well. Therefore, there are steps that can be taken that will prevent further dental and oral health problems from ever developing.
But what if you are already suffering the consequences of poor oral health? What if, perhaps, you have lost teeth? Fortunately, there are a number of options that can restore the appearance (and function) of your mouth. For instance, a bridge can be ideal when you are looking to replace teeth. The bridges that the average general dentist or even cosmetic dentist can give out are certainly the more economical option when it comes to teeth replacement. In addition to this, bridges have become higher in quality than ever before. In fact, bridges can now all but completely replicate the appearance of natural teeth. For many people who have lost teeth, bridges can be hugely important indeed to overall quality of life. Bridges can serve as an alternative to dental implants, which can really be very expensive indeed. For someone who might not be able to easily afford dental implants – or afford them at all, for that matter – bridges can become the happy medium. Of course, bridges can be ideal for long term use as well.
And bridges are far from the only way that dentists can help to improve overall oral health and appearance. In addition to bridges, veneers are also quite common and can completely change the overall appearance of teeth. Veneers can be quite expensive, costing around $1,000 per tooth, but many find that they are well worth the price tag at the end of the day. After all, they last for a very long time – often around 15 years – before ever needing to be touched up or replaced. If your teeth have gaps or are chipped or even just discolored in a way that you don’t like and that lowers your confidence by a considerable amount, consider getting veneers from a dentist that you trust.
Ultimately, there is no denying how seriously we should all take the care and keeping of our oral health.