The start of a new year is always a good time to consider what actions you can take to improve your health. As we get into gear with 2019, the dental-care experts at southwest Florida’s Island Tower Dentistry suggest that you may want to consider getting a grip on periodontal disease, the most prevalent oral health disorder in America. Not only do about half of all Americans have some form of the disorder, also commonly referred to as “gum disease,” but it is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Its prevalence is even more pronounced in older Americans, with about 70 percent of those older than 65 estimated to have the disease.
Wisdom teeth tend to be an “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” topic of dentistry in that while most people get them, few people ever talk about them. Many people don’t have a clear understanding of what wisdom teeth are or why most people end up having them removed.
While oral health is the primary focus of most dental offices, many people also seek out dentists for cosmetic reasons. This may be an appeal to vanity, but cosmetic dentistry also provides health benefits by boosting self-confidence and enhancing overall emotional well-being. Among the easiest, and most noticeable cosmetic dental treatments are professional teeth whitening treatments. Such treatments go above and beyond store-bought whitening toothpastes, rinses and treatment kits, and the dental professionals of Southwest Florida’s Island Tower Dentistry offer customized whitening trays, or a more permanent solution such as porcelain restoration.
When many people hear the word “orthodontics” the first image that usually comes to mind is a kid with braces. But did you know that about 30 percent of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. are adults, and that orthodontics involves more than just straightening crooked teeth? And this begs the further question of: what exactly is orthodontics and how does it differ from dentistry?