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Oral Hygiene and Cosmetic Dentistry Five Facts to Make you Smile

Written by Dental Magazine. Posted in Crowns, Dentists, General dentistry

It’s a fact of life: a bright, healthy smile is a good way to meet people and open new doors for conversation, careers and camaraderie. In fact, a recent survey by the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) found that a healthy smile is socially important to 99.7% of all people questioned.

Yet many people are reluctant to visit the dentist (translate that to actually mean ‘petrified’). The thoughts of fillings, crowns and caps are all just too much for them!

Others will admit that they are less than vigilant about the upkeep of their oral health. But good dental habits are highly important to your overall health, and your local dentist would tell you just that.

Here are five quick facts about visiting the dentist and oral hygiene that might help you in maintaining your bright and healthy smile…or even consider making your current smile even more dazzling!

Frequency-Infrequency
25% of Americans only brush once a day, instead of twice, and 10% say they regularly forget to brush completely!

My Lips are Sealed
If you are anxious or hesitant about visiting the dentist (again, translate that to actually mean ‘petrified’), you are not alone…approximately 15% of all Americans feel just the way you do! That is why sedation dentistry has become so popular recently.

…Short of a Full Load?
Are you missing a tooth? Or teeth? Well, there’s no need to keep your hand over your mouth for the rest of your life. A dentist can fill that gap with a crown or bridge replacement. Just ask the other 15 million Americans who already have them!

Cultivate Your Own Garden
There must be something special about dental implants: 3 million people already have them today. But the number is growing–burgeoning–with every year finding that 500,000 more people have them!

Over Here, Veneer!
What is a porcelain veneer? Well, a veneer is defined as a thin sheet of material placed over another material to improve its appearance. The term veneer was used primarily in woodworking, originally. But now veneer is mentioned in more senses because its use has broadened. Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain placed over the teeth to improve their overall appearance. Veneer, in this sense, is used for cosmetic dentistry.

With all the advances in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, there many ways to make sure you take care of your oral health. Awareness and upkeep are two great ways to make sure you stay on top of things…so you’ll keep smiling!

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