When was the last time you visited a dentist for a checkup? Neglecting oral hygiene and skipping dental appointments can result in oral health issues. Take action steps to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Improve your teeth and learn the shocking effects of dental neglect.
Shocking American Oral Health Statistics
A fear of dental procedures and increased anxiety during dentist visits prevent many people from scheduling routine dental checkups. One bad experience with a dentist could make people reluctant to schedule a routine appointment.
Oral health issues affect the quality of life for many adults in the United States.
- Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Statistics on Oral Health in America report that 90% of adults aged 20 to 64 years are affected by tooth decay. Almost 50% of adults aged 45 to 64 years have gum disease.
- Mouth Pain and Cavities: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report common oral health conditions many Americans face. More than 40% of adults experience mouth pain. More than 80% of people will have had at least one cavity by age 34. In fact, 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity.
- Periodontal Disease in Older Adults: Periodontal disease increases with age. About 70.1% of adults 65 years and older are affected. Certain risk factors, like dry mouth, can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease.
Neglecting oral hygiene and missing dentist appointments can jeopardize healthy teeth and gums and pose a threat to overall health. Improve neglected teeth. Adopt some simple yet effective oral hygiene habits for a healthy smile.
Tips to Improve Neglected Teeth
Our dentists can address your oral health concerns and identify a treatment plan for your dental care needs.
- Communicate your fears: More than 50% of Americans do not visit the dentist due to fear or dental anxiety. Talk to your dentist about what bothers you during dental procedures. We will make your appointment as comfortable as possible and offer sedation dentistry solutions for anxiety-free dental visits.
- Schedule routine dental appointments: Get back to the dentist to improve oral health. Visit the dentist for a routine exam and dental cleaning every six months.
- Practice good oral hygiene: Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing can help prevent dental problems. Brush teeth and dental implants twice per day with low-abrasive tartar-control fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use mouthwash. Dentures also require proper care and maintenance. Regular cleaning will help prevent plaque buildup, bacteria, and stains.
- Replace your toothbrush: The American Dental Association recommends replacing a toothbrush every three to four months or when the soft bristles of a toothbrush are visibly matted or frayed.
- Avoid Certain Food and Drinks: Consuming highly acidic or sugar-laden food and drinks can increase the risk of tooth enamel wear and decay. Drink plenty of water to prevent dry mouth and eat nutrient-rich food for a healthy smile.
Prevent dental issues before they become big problems. Commit to improving oral health. By following these tips, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Schedule an Oral Health Exam and Cleaning
Don’t let these shocking statistics become your reality. Take action steps today to improve dental health. Develop good oral health habits now to keep your smile healthy for years to come.
Contact Three Rivers Dental Group by calling 1-855-NO FEARS or request an appointment online to schedule an oral health exam and cleaning. We’re here to help you get healthy teeth and gums. Our dental offices are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Cranberry, Greentree, Greensburg, and Jennerstown.