Taking care of your teeth over the course of your life is critical, as regular and sufficient dental care will be instrumental in your overall good health – as well as your overall quality of life. For far too many people, however, this dental care is neglected. Unfortunately this is reflected in the data surrounding the dental health of adults as well as the dental health of children.
Cavities, for instance, are incredibly common among people of all ages. As a matter of fact, nearly half of all children (around 40% of them, to be a bit more specific) will have had at least one cavity by the time that they reach the age of 5 or 6 and are entering kindergarten. By this point in life, some of these children might have even had multiple cavities, some of them serious. And more than 18% of all children have at least one dental cavity that has gone untreated, something that is likely causing them a good deal of pain.
Adults are also hugely prone to cavities, with very nearly 100% of all adults having had at least one of them by the time that they reach their adult years. For most adults, cavities are run of the mill and simply a normal part of life. However, cavities should be taken seriously and treated as soon as a problem is noticed. Unfortunately, seeking such dental care is more uncommon than one might realize and up to one fifth of the adult population is actually currently living with at least one untreated cavity if not more. If left unchecked, such cavities can worsen and even spread to other teeth, making the eventual dental care and course of treatment much more complicated than it initially would have been.
Fortunately, there are many avenues of dental care that will keep your teeth strong and healthy and free of many dental problems. Seeing a dentist on a regular basis is, for instance, a critical part of regular dental care. Ideally, you’ll see your family dentist twice throughout the year for an exam and thorough cleaning. You’ll also be brushing your teeth twice a day as well as flossing at least once a day.
Starting off your children right with a good pattern of dental care and dental hygiene is also hugely important. After all, many dentists recommend that dental care in some forms begin as soon as the first baby teeth break through, which typically happens at around only just six months of age. First, you will just need to wipe down these first teeth with a wet washcloth but ideally you will be able to make an appointment with a dental office before your child’s first birthday. Just getting them used to dentistry and dental care as a whole can help to instill values of good dental hygiene from a very young age, which will certainly be hugely beneficial as time passes on.
Dental services don’t just provide cavity treatment and a thorough cleaning, though both of these can be a critical and important part of overall dental care. In addition to these services, however, you might decide to get your child fluoride treatments once they reach the appropriate age to have them. Fluoride treatments can be ideal for strengthening your child’s teeth from a young age, reducing the risk of cavities and other dental problems and allowing them to live without any dental pain. After all, untreated dental pain has been known to keep far too many children out of school on far too regular of a basis.
Cosmetic treatments might also be an important part of the dental care that you seek out. After all, many people very much feel that the overall appearance of your teeth and smile as a whole can actually have a profound impact on everything from your professional life to your social one to even your romantic success. Therefore, even something as simple as a professional teeth whitening treatment can be a form of dental care that increases the confidence of the patient considerably. And professional results for such treatments will be far better than over the counter ones that are available.