Most people know how to maintain good oral health: brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam twice a year. When patients don’t follow these practices, their oral health may suffer.
Neil L. Starr, D.D.S. provides general and restorative dentistry services to address dental problems. He also educates patients about dental statistics for some of the most common dental conditions. Read on to learn more, and then contact our Washington, D.C., practice to schedule an appointment.
Tooth Sensitivity Is Common
Maybe you are avoiding the dentist due to tooth sensitivity? Perhaps your sensitive teeth make it hard to brush or floss? If this is true in your case, you are not alone. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, as much as 25 percent of the population between the ages of 18 and 64 have tooth sensitivity.
Brushing too hard, gum recession, teeth grinding, dental erosion, and gum disease all contribute to sensitive teeth. Getting tooth sensitivity in check can help you keep up with your good oral hygiene habits.
Dental Decay Is a Concern
Cavities are a considerable concern for most patients. If they are left untreated, tooth decay can spread and cause further oral health problems, such as tooth loss.
Missing teeth, shifting teeth, and a misaligned bite are just some of the issues caused by cavities and tooth loss.
For those patients that avoid trips to the dentist, this next CDC statistic might not be a surprise: about 19 percent of children and teens (5 to 19 years of age) have untreated dental decay; 32 percent of adults (20 to 44 years of age) have untreated dental decay.
Gum Disease Is Another Big Issue
Gum disease is an infection of the periodontal tissues. It develops when bacteria accumulate at and below the gum line. Gum disease can cause inflamed gums, bad breath, bleeding gums, and at worse, tooth loss.
This condition is easy to prevent with daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings that remove the plaque and bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Yet still, many patients develop the dental condition.
The CDC shows that:
- 47 percent of Americans aged 30 and older have some level of gum disease.
- 70 percent of Americans aged 65 and older have some level of gum disease.
Dental Plan Coverage
An understandable obstacle for receiving needed dental care are the costs, especially for lengthy or complicated procedures. Fortunately, an estimated 77 percent of Americans have some dental coverage, and 66 percent of Americans have private dental coverage, which is offered through an employer. With this coverage, most patients can get the care that they need.
For patients who still have out-of-pocket expenses, either because they do not have dental coverage or their plan does not fully cover certain procedures, Dr. Starr has financing options through third party lenders.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Dr. Starr wants you to get the care you need to enjoy a healthy smile. Call his office today at (202) 293-7177 to make your appointment, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Starr.