“You don’t have to floss all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” This popular phrase, posted in many dental offices, takes a humorous approach to preventive dental care. Although daily tooth brushing and flossing require a little time, once the habits are developed the benefits of healthy teeth and gums are significant.
If you’re overusing mouthwash, you could have an increased risk for oral cancer. Researchers studying this issue discovered that people who use alcohol-based mouthwash more than three times each day may have a greater chance of developing mouth or throat cancer, especially if they skip brushing and flossing.
Although dental professionals may have different recommendations, ultimately both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective tools in removing food particles and plaque, a sticky film that adheres to teeth and attracts bacteria.
Babies often start developing their first teeth by 6 months old, and by age 2 1/2 many have a full set of 20 primary teeth. Because the root system from the primary teeth establishes the foundation for permanent teeth, primary teeth are critical to good oral health throughout life.
Most women recognize the importance of eating nutritious foods during pregnancy, but new research also reinforces the importance of maintaining good oral health.
A study conducted by University of California researchers found that elderly women who brushed their teeth less than once daily were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed every day. For men, this number was 22 percent.
Tooth decay has become one of the most common chronic health issues that kids face today. Nearly 6 out of 10 kids in the United States have cavities.
You know it is important to brush your teeth. But did you know there is more to toothbrushing than just brushing? Many people swish their toothbrush across their teeth a few times, and think they have done a good job. Actually, they may be doing more harm than good.
Most germs are harmless. They are digested along with food and killed by stomach acids, and others are eradicated by enzymes in saliva. But there also are several types of bacteria that create oral health problems because they attack tooth enamel causing decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Many Americans take excellent care of their teeth and gums. They visit the dentist once or twice a year for exams and cleanings. But often they don’t use a lot of their annual maximum benefit. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a reward for good oral health?