Next Forty Dentistry is not just a fancy way to talk about how we care for you and your teeth. It involves what we BELIEVE, and therefore how we ACT.
Standards of dental care have been shaped by many factors—insurance policies, consumer product company profits, dentist groups, government regulation, curriculum of dental schools, and more. These factors have helped most Americans keep their teeth for 65 or 70 years, though not necessarily in good repair.
Since Americans are living well beyond 65 years these days, we now need to reexamine the standards for how we take care of our teeth and mouths.
Maintaining good oral health is a challenge. Everything that enters our mouths is potentially bringing in viruses or bacteria, changing the chemical composition of our saliva, and subjecting our teeth and gums to the risk of injury.
Typical dentistry repairs problems as they occur but fails to restore complete health. Over time, there is a gradual decline in oral health as the mouth goes through cycles of good health, deterioration and disease, and partial restoration.
At Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates, we see the results of good and bad oral healthcare at ages 40, 50, 60, 70, and beyond. The lessons we have learned have led us to adapt our methods, recommendations, and practice style to help you have a healthy mouth and teeth your entire life. We call this comprehensive approach Next Forty Dentistry.
DENTAL LIFE STAGES
Our dental needs change as we grow and develop.
- Our “baby” teeth are eventually pushed out and replaced by our adult teeth in our early teens. As children, it is important to keep our mouths healthy so these adult teeth can come in strong and attractive.
- As teens, many people have orthodontic procedures to keep teeth straight, to correct for alignment issues, and to make more space for teeth. Orthodontics improves our appearance, protects teeth, and improves the basic function of our mouths: eating, speaking, etc.
- As young adults, most people are generally at the peak of their dental health. Teeth are healthy and white. Gums are healthy. Most orthodontic work has been completed and the teeth are well aligned. The teeth have little or no wearing from day-to-day use.
- As we age, teeth, just like the rest of us, begin to change. They move, wear down, discolor, and are chipped. Gums may start to recede or develop disease. Dental work—such as simple fillings, crowns, or replacement teeth—repairs problems. By the time most people are 40 or 45, some aspect of their dental health may be compromised.
- Beyond our 40s, many of us suffer from conditions that indicate dental health is not being maintained: aging smiles, faded and stained teeth, chipped teeth, pain and sensitivity, missing teeth, inability to eat what you want. Research shows that if you are dating or looking for a new job or new clients, your smile is often one of the first things people notice and the first determinant of your success. You can protect that smile with Next Forty Dentistry.