It's an exciting milestone for parents when their child loses a baby tooth for the first time. You can start planning out visits from the tooth fairy, capture some adorable gap-toothed photos, and start singing "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."
It's sad to imagine that all the sweet treats we love can be a cause of pain and misery through oral problems. Your smile, confidence, and self-esteem could be ruined by poor oral health. Dental health is so important that Americans are spending over 2.75 Billion annually on cosmetic dentistry./
Americans lose an average of 12 teeth by the time they turn 50. While proper oral hygiene can prevent many cases of tooth loss, some things are beyond our control. Historically, the standard of care for tooth replacement was either a bridge, which involves altering two additional teeth or dentures, which come with many unpleasant effects.
Do you have missing teeth? Are you suffering from tooth decay? Or perhaps you have a hard time smiling because of your yellow or brownish teeth?
One in five American adults experiences mental illness. That is about 46 million adults facing psychological problems. And oral health issues on the side can only compound the situation.
US dental statistics are pretty shocking
According to that source, 85% of Americans believe their oral health is important. Yet (in a drop from previous years) 42% of us fail to visit the dentist at least once a year. It's no surprise that only a quarter of Americans are properly satisfied with their oral health.
Visiting the dentist can be nerve-wracking to some. To help you feel at ease, here's our guide to sedation dental care and how it works.