As we age, we start to notice a difference in our skin, our hair, our joints, etc. but many of us don’t pay too much attention to our teeth. We use our teeth for so much…from the obvious such as chewing and talking to the not so obvious like kissing and non verbal communication. So the question is, “How long will you need your teeth?” And I am willing to bet that the simple answer is “For the rest of my life.” Well, how long do you plan on being alive? The average life expectancy for men in the U.S. is 75.6 years. For women, it’s 80.8. Almost all people get their adult teeth from the ages of about 6-13 years. That is a long time that you need your teeth to last. As we live longer it becomes more important to take great care of your smile and keep it in working order. As we age, digestion becomes less efficient and having multiple missing teeth and/or a denture decreases that efficiency even more.
If you have a problem tooth, please get it fixed. It might cost more than you had expected, but this is your health and well-being at stake. If you think losing one tooth won’t matter, you could be right. But what we normally see is that your teeth are a team working together. If one player leaves, the rest have to pick up the slack and they in turn tire more quickly and break down. It could turn into a situation like dominoes and you could be fighting an uphill battle with breakdown and problem teeth. With proper care and maintenance you can enjoy your later years eating, talking and kissing the grandkids with less time in the dental chair or soaking your dentures on the nightstand 🙂
I heard the other day the the second phase of the Columbus Commons project will be completed by 2014. The City Center Mall was razed, a park has been built, and this summer the amphlitheater will be completed for outdoor concerts. The next development that is great for downtown and our dental practice is the construction of 300 apartments and street level retail that will be built facing High St along the West edge of the park. The Atlas building on the corner of High and Long is slated to be renovated and converted to apartments/condos and the Neighborhood Launch project at Gay and 4th Sts is expanding. As a business owner and dentist in downtown Columbus, I couldn’t be more excited about these developments. Of course, we are here to be available and provide convenient dentistry for all the busy office workers, but having a boom in residential development is great for our dental practice as well. With more people living downtown, a neighborhood culture will arise and we will be ready for all those new residents looking for a dentist in downtown Columbus Oh.
Did you know that Dr. Piper offers Botox and dermalfillers? Most people who are considering Botox would never think to have it done by a dentist, but consider these points:
1. Dentists are very knowledgeable about the dynamics of facial expression and how the underlying muscles, when functioning, can cause wrinkles over time.
2. Dentists are trained to know what looks good as far as facial symmetry. We take courses all the time that deal with esthetics of a smile. We can create masterpieces when it comes to teeth and now we can improve the frame that showcases those masterpieces with Botox and dermalfillers.
3. Dentists are confident with precise, comfortable placement. No other healthcare provider uses syringes in the facial area as often as a dentist and we deal in measurements as precise as 1/2 of a mm.
Come see Dr. Piper soon and look younger in 2011.