Mother’s Day Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover It can be a real challenge to find a gift for Mother’s Day that is not superfluous, trite or cliched. If you’re the sort of adult child who would like to give your mother a substantial gift with life-altering results, consider helping her get a smile makeover this year.

Here’s a short list of reasons why a smile makeover is not only a very practical gift, but a very thoughtful one, as well.

Reasons to Give Mom a Smile Makeover

1.       Often, there is a significant need. According to information from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 percent of adults 60 years old and older no longer have any natural teeth, and about 23 percent of 65- to 74-year-olds have severe periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Many of today’s elderly grew up before public water supplies were fluoridated, and the importance of regular brushing and flossing with proper technique was less well-established. Additionally, many seniors lack access to dental insurance and are living on a limited income.

2.       Smile makeovers can be part of a preventative dental treatment
plan. Researchers from the University of Maryland who analyzed records from Medicare beneficiaries have found that older adults who had preventive dentistry services performed had more dental visits, but fewer visits for expensive non-preventive procedures and lower dental expenses overall. Restorations such as crowns and dental implants protect natural teeth and/or stop further damage in a patient’s teeth and gums from occurring.

3.     Smile makeover procedures can improve a person’s quality of life. The vast range of procedures that can be part of a comprehensive smile makeover – including teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and dental implants – help a patient look better as well as function better. The improvement in their looks can help them feel more confident and less self-conscious at family functions or when out with friends. Even more importantly, an improved ability to chew and speak helps older adults enjoy their food, choose a wider range of nutritious foods, and communicate their needs clearly to those around them.

“A smile makeover can give your Mom years of enjoyment with pain-free teeth and gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in private practice in central Phoenix.

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