According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people tend to visit the dentist less often as they age. For patients between the ages of two and 17, 84.7 percent went to the dentist in the past year. However, only 64 percent of patients aged 18 to 64 visited recently and those over 65 were even less likely, at 62.7 percent.
At the same time, the rate of dental caries (cavities) goes up as people age as well. Only 18.6 percent of patients aged 5 to 19 years old had untreated caries. The rate nearly doubles for patients between 20 and 44, at 31.6 percent. With these statistics in mind, it’s clear that less dental visits can put your oral health at risk, especially as you age. In this month’s newsletter, your dentist wanted to illustrate why restoring your teeth can make a big difference in your quality of life as well as your wallet.