As the years go by, and we go through different stages in life, our needs and concerns often change. The same is true for our dental health: Some problems tend to occur more often at certain ages, while others may be an issue at any time. Gum disease, for example, is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, but rarely affects children. Tooth decay, however, remains the most prevalent chronic disease for both children and adults.
Today, adults ages 24 to 65 comprise over half the U.S. population. A vast and diverse group, they share some common concerns when it comes to dental health. Many want to fix cosmetic dental issues such as stained teeth, to benefit their career or personal life. Additionally, eliminating bad breath and restoring damaged teeth can be an asset in social situations.
Some adults begin to experience the problem of sensitive teeth around middle age, as old dental work or gum problems may begin to cause pain or soreness. And while more seniors these days are keeping their natural teeth than ever before, missing teeth — and the related health problems they can cause — remain a significant issue.
No matter what your age, it's important to address dental concerns as soon as they arrive — and to visit your dentist regularly for checkups, professional cleanings and preventive services. Paying attention to your oral health can help you keep your teeth functioning perfectly and looking great for your whole lifetime.
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