Caring For Your Teeth For Years To Come
People are living longer and longer – so long, in fact, that our teeth have trouble keeping up. Recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control show that 95% of adults from the ages of 40-59 are affected by tooth decay. The average adult of 60 years and older has 17 decayed, missing, or filled teeth. The message is clear: we have to take care of our teeth as best we can, because as we get older, the odds are stacked against them.
While keeping a perfect mouth forever is just not possible, there are easy steps you can take to keep your teeth in good condition for longer:
1) See your dentist as frequently as your mouth needs to
Many dentists stick to the old rule of thumb of "come back every six months", but this is not appropriate for everyone. Your dental visits should depend on the health of your gums, teeth, and overall mouth.
Ask a qualified dentist how often you should come in. If you hear "six months from now" without any follow-up questions about your mouth’s condition, you may want to get a second opinion.