Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35? On the bright side, in the majority of cases, gum disease can be either controlled or prevented. For this to happen, though, you need to visit a dentist for a professional dental cleaning.
For various reasons, 40% of adults do not visit the dentist at least once a year, the timeframe recommended by health professionals. Here are three ways a dental visit can benefit you.
1. Professional Dental Cleanings
A part of every routine dental exam is the process of cleaning your teeth. During the check up, a dental hygienist will polish your teeth, as well as clean off tartar and plaque buildup. You might even receive a fluoride treatment to prevent weak spots from forming in your enamel. Plaque is a colorless film that develops on teeth after sugars and starches are consumed. Plaque bacteria produce acids that eat through your teeth, causing permanent damage and tooth decay that will require expensive fillings. In other words, prevention is worth the price!
2. Dental Crowns
Did you know that more than 2.3 million crowns are made for patients every year? Crowns are a form of restoration. They are basically tooth “caps” that either encircle or completely cover a dental implant or tooth. They are needed when there is a large cavity, and they are bonded onto the tooth using dental cement. Crowns not only improve the appearance of the tooth, but they eliminate the ongoing risk of a developing cavity, and improve the strength of the tooth. Common materials include porcelain, gold and silver.
3. Dental Veneers
Have you ever wondered how celebrities get their perfect looking teeth? Many of them, in fact, have veneers. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells adhered to the surface of the tooth in order to improve its appearance. They can cover up everything from cracks to serious stains, and help to create a uniform and brighter looking smile. Although “chicklet” style veneers were popular in the 90s, today patients usually prefer veneers that have a more natural, if improved, appearance. Porcelain veneers are not cheap, though, and cost an average of $1,000 per tooth.
If all you need is whiter teeth, a dentist can apply a peroxide based solution to your teeth instead, and this only costs an average of $200.
What are your thoughts on these dental procedures?