How often do you smile at others? Do you notice how often other people smile? When you look at photos of yourself, is there a smile on your face? How radiant is it?
According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry report, healthy smiles are considered to be socially important by 99.7% of the adults surveyed. Furthermore, 74% of the adults surveyed believed that their careers could be affected by an unattractive smile.
When adults over the age of 50 were surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, over half of them agreed that smiles continue to be attractive to them as they age. Furthermore, 96% of the adults surveyed believe a nice smile makes them more attractive to the opposite sex.
Many people, approximately 32% of those surveyed, are concerned, however, by the appearance of their teeth. While the reasons for this will vary from person-to-person, there are some common issues. Important to note is that these can be addressed by visiting a dentist for regular comprehensive dental exams. Nevertheless, on average, many adults go three years between dental exams and treatment.
A minimum of one-in-five people in the United States have untreated cavities. By the age of 17, 78% have at least one cavity.
While many people may leave their cavities untreated due to being low-income, a lack of dental insurance, or other reasons, others actually avoid going to the dentist for treatment.
Another issue is periodontal disease. It is estimated that 74% of all Americans have some form of this disease. Adults over 30–approximately 47.2%–have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, which increases with age. In fact, it’s been found that 70.1% of adults 65 or older have it as well.
Missing teeth is another major issue. Over 30 million people in the United States, for example, have no teeth in their upper and/or lower jaw. Only half of these people, however, have dental replacements such as crowns and bridges.
If you’re in the process of considering dental replacements such as crowns, bridges, and dental implants to restore your smile, you’re in good company. Dental implants have been gaining in popularity, and three million individuals have them. Furthermore, the number of dentists in the United States that provide this service is also increasing. Currently, approximately 10% of American dentists offer dental implants.
In order to ensure you put your best possible smile forward, there is quite a bit that you can do. Here are a few tips on creating–and maintaining–that healthy smile:
- Brush your teeth often
- Floss daily
- Purchase new toothbrushes
- Have regular dental exams
- Have regular teeth cleanings
- Don’t ignore cavities
Even when you do your best to take care of your teeth and gums, accidents or other issues may arise that cause you to lose teeth. When this occurs, just know that there are dental replacements available.