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Your 40-65 Year Old Smile Needs Love Too

November 20, 2010

FOR PEOPLE BELONGING TO PAST GENERATIONS, chances were slim that somebody could keep their healthy, natural teeth over their entire lifetime. Fortunately, today’s remarkable technologies and advanced materials, coupled with our dentists’ artistic eye and extensive training, greatly increase the likelihood that you can keep, and enjoy, your smile for life!Sometimes, when we visit with our valued patients and friends, we recognize that making decisions about various treatments isn’t easy. We know there are a lot of choices and would like to help you better understand dental service decision making. So we’ve set up a simple little framework explained below. It’s our hope that this will help bring additional clarity to your decision making. Of course, the decisions are always YOURS to make, we just want to be sure you have good information.

For purposes of the last two, and next blog posts, we’ve divided “The Lifetime of Your Smile” into four phases:

  • Your 1–20 Year Old Smile
  • Your 20–40 Year Old Smile
  • Your 40–65 Year Old Smile
  • Your 65+ Year Old Smile

In addition to finding YOUR smile’s current phase, you probably have family members, loved ones, and friends who are in the other phases as well. We invite you to pass the information along!

Must do. Should do. Could do.

Each day—consciously and subconsciously—we prioritize decision making in all aspects of our lives by “must do’s,” “should do’s,” and “could do’s.”Here at Lake Oconee Dental our goal is to make sure you’re comfortable with every oral health decision you make, and that you see the difference between the “musts,” the “shoulds,” and the “coulds.”Of course, these lists aren’t exhaustive—and, there are no absolutely right or wrong answers to what you must, should, or could be doing about your oral health and appearance. Everyone has different priorities and different wants and needs. Think of these posts as a starting point! And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to let us know…We’d love to chat!_______________________________________________________

Today’s Post Is About Your 40–65 Year Old Smile

THE BEST PART OF LIFE IS HAPPENING! What a great time in history to be this age. And don’t forget, as science continues to prove, the crucial role proper dental care plays in your overall health and appearance. So eat right, exercise, enjoy yourself along the way, and flash that gorgeous smile more often!

Must do.

  • It’s estimated that up to 75% of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. Make sure you work with your dentist to be certain it doesn’t happen to you.
  • 63% of “boomers” have an oral health problem considered to be an indication of a more serious problem but are unaware of the connection. Please don’t skip your regular check-ups, we want you to stay healthy in every way.

Should do.

  • Most of our patients still have silver mercury amalgam fillings, placed in the teen years. Not only are they unsightly and can damage tooth structure, but they may present other disadvantages as well. Working with your dentist, you can systematically replace them with greatly-improved, durable white composite fillings.
  • Half your life lies ahead. You remodeled your home after a few decades, now it’s time to remodel your smile. Drs. Bradley and Boswell provide “upgrades” that will allow you to keep your teeth healthy.

Could do.

  • Well beyond botox, breast implants, and viagra… Nothing makes you look and feel younger than a beautiful smile. It’s a fact. Today’s whitening treatments—often combined with one of many porcelain veneer options—can create a personal smile makeover that is truly your “fountain of youth.”

At Lake Oconee, our entire team wants to be your oral health partners for life!Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, if you haven’t already.

Watch for our next blog post to learn about the last phase in “The Lifetime of Your Smile”!

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