Dental Hygiene Basics Rule The Week On Social Media
Did you know that 83 percent of people say their teeth are as important to their look as their hair and eyes? So why not invest a little time in improving your appearance – and, you know, your whole life – by getting the dental care you need for the best possible smile? That’s one question we asked on social media this week.
We also wondered if you know that you’re missing 66 percent of tooth surfaces if you choose not to floss. Dentists push flossing, we explained, because it’s a necessary part of total dental hygiene – and because flossing reaches the third of your tooth surfaces you can’t reach with a toothbrush.
We also pointed out that:
· Teaching children to brush from an early age makes it more likely they’ll smile for you in years to come
· Gum disease interacts with other kinds of disease, so a healthy mouth could be caused by or be the cause of other important medical conditions – including killers heart disease and diabetes
· An astounding 25 percent of Americans have lost all their teeth, but good oral hygiene practices could dramatically reduce that number
· Mouthwash is never a bad idea, and
· Preventing gum disease prevents dental problems.
It’s all basic stuff, right? You already know all of this, right? You might not know the specific stats but everyone knows they need to brush, floss and do whatever it takes to keep gum disease in check for the best possible overall health.
So why do so many people not bother to do what’s necessary and what’s right for the best possible oral and dental health? It’s a question we struggle with every day. At Brighton Dental in San Diego, we’re holistic dentists who wish we knew the answer to that big mystery of the dental profession.
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