How can you achieve good oral health at any age? Well the key to achieve this feat is prevention! Did you know that for every dollar you spend on good oral care and prevention, you will save approximately $8 to $50 on emergency dental care in the future as well as necessary future restorations?
Having poor oral costs is actually pretty costly. Having a poor smile is costly in your finances, your quality of life due to all the pain and suffering, lost productive time, and even reduce life expectancy.
Why is this the case? Well, consider these facts and statistics:
Oral health in children: Kids that have poor oral health are actually three times more likely to miss school because of the vast amounts of dental pain. When children miss school, it can affect their grades. The more the child misses school due to dental pain, the more their grades are affected and the more “catch-up” work there is to be done.
Oral health in teens: 20 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 19 years have untreated tooth decay. This dental decay can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss. It seems like it would be impossible for someone so young to have gum disease or tooth loss but it is more common than many of us realize.
Adults: Gum disease increases in odds three-fold in adults in their 20s; by the time an adult reaches their 50s, it reaches a whopping 50 percent. Think it stops there? No, the older you get, the greater the odds. Overall, about 75 percent of adults are affected by periodontal disease to some extent; this disease can lead to others such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and more.
Seniors: Poor knowledge of good dental care, and even medications, may be to blame for the fact that 25 percent of people over the age of 65 have lost most or all of their teeth.
A neglected smile can impact the quality of life one is able to lead at any age. The simplest and most budget-friendly solution is preventative dental care; schedule regular dental appointments with your dentist. Regular checkups and cleanings, plus fluoride treatments, sealants, and x-rays when needed, can keep your smile bright and healthy for a lifetime. Don’t mess around with your smile, get it taken care of and make sure to watch out for abnormalities.