How to Avoid Tooth Loss as an Adult

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As you have grown older, your smile has not performed like it used to. Too many times in recent years you have been embarrassed to talk to people because of your mouth full of disappointing teeth. Now is the time for you to take action. Contact a cosmetic dentist and see how can have your true smile return to you.

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the United States. If office bleaching procedures generally use a light cured protective layer that is carefully painted on the gums and papilla to reduce the risk of chemical burns to soft tissues. Many times, dentists can provide patients with kits to whiten their teeth at home. There are a variety of teeth whitening home remedies on the market including gels, chewing gums and toothpastes. A whitening toothpaste can be made by mixing one part baking soda and two parts hydrogen peroxide.

An estimated 80% of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease, and many are unaware that they have gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Signs of gum disease include redness of the gums while brushing teeth, gum swelling that recurs and spitting out blood after brushing teeth. The first step in treat of periodontitis involves nonsurgical cleaning below the gumline with a procedure called scaling and debridement. Many surgical approaches are used to remove periodontitis including open flap debridement as well as guided tissue regeneration and bone grafting. Daily oral hygiene, including brushing twice daily and flossing, can help prevent gum disease.

An estimated 69% of American adults ages 35 to 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth. There is hope if you want to cover up an embarrassing gap. A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. Americans have an estimated 2.3 million tooth crown procedures annually in the United States. A dental implants procedure traditionally has a high success rate (93 to 98 percent) and offers a long life (10 to 15 years) for the prosthetic teeth.

A cosmetic dentist can help you reclaim the smile you enjoyed when you were younger. Through cosmetic dental implants or a dental cosmetic surgery, your smile can return to its former glory. Meet with your local cosmetic dentist and start enjoying your life again. Find more on this topic here.

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