Cosmetic dentistry represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup. This may come as no surprise to some, as teeth whitening agents and stick straight smiling models on billboards have become the new normal.
The number of North American teenagers seeking orthodontic treatment has doubled to 80 percent. Adults now make up about 25 percent of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. and Canada.
Recent surveys related to orthodontic and dental healthcare concluded that:
- 38 percent of Americans would decline a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth.
- Americans prefer a nice smile to clear skin, willing to give up desserts or vacations to achieve their desired look.
- Those with straight teeth are 38 percent more likely to be perceived as smart, compared to their counterparts.
Although this spurt of growth in orthodontic patients can be attributed to social perception, many see oral health as a necessary part of their overall wellbeing.
A lack of oral health care can create serious issues in the mouth, which can then quickly spread to other areas of the body.
In addition to orthodontist appointments, adults can also keep these oral health tips in mind from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control:
- Eating certain foods such as fiber-rich fruits and vegetables stimulates salivary flow, aiding in the remineralization and strengthening of teeth.
- Drinking fluoridated water and using fluoridated toothpaste can protect against tooth decay for all ages.
- Limit the amount of foods rich in sugars and starches as these can strip the teeth.
- Take care of your teeth and gums from an early age. Regular brushing and flossing is easy and essential to prevent gingivitis and other gum diseases.