When you first meet someone, or come face to face with an acquaintance, one of the first things we all notice is their smile. Not because we are specifically seeking it out, but it’s unavoidable considering it’s usually staring right at our face. Because of this, smiles can have a large impact on the way that others perceive us.
According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, more than half of adults over the age of 50 in the United States agreed that a person’s smile is the one physical feature that remains the most attractive feature as people age. Considering how easily teeth can decay over time, making a point to take care of them early on in life could have lasting effects in the future.
There are plenty of preventative measures people can take to have a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the most common as well as the most effective, but watching what you eat may be one of the more overlooked aspects that can be improved; some foods are more prone to eating away at a tooth’s enamel. And if all that is not quite doing the trick for you, using mouth wash can add some extra cleanliness and freshen breath.
Unfortunately even with all of these dentist recommended routines, some tooth loss simply can’t be avoided. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has developed multiple forms of surgeries and dental implants to help restore people’s smile to their former glory.
Edentulous patients are those who lack any teeth in their jaw. Partial edentulism, describing people in the process of loosing teeth, affects the majority of the adult population in the United States. And as people grow older and diets get worse, the number of partially edentulous individuals will continue to increase to an estimated 200 million people over the next 15 years.
Fortunately, thanks to modern advancements in cosmetic dentistry, patients suffering from this condition have options. Around 15% of the edentulous population has dentures made each year; a rate that will continue to grow in years to come. With so many family dental plans opening up treatment options to improve teeth, there is no need to be self-conscious about your smile.