5 Amazing Facts That Could Save Your Oral Health

5 Amazing Facts That Could Save Your Oral Health

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You would be surprised by some of the chilling facts that have come out of research that oral health organizations have released over the years. While most people don’t pay much attention to their oral health, it’s one of the most important parts of being healthy.

Shocking Stats That Can Save Your Oral Health

Learning more about oral health with these 5 amazing facts can help you save your oral health.

1. 75% of Americans have periodontal gum disease.

You could be one of those Americans if you don’t take excellent care of your teeth. What does excellent care mean? It means brushing after meals, flossing twice a day, and seeing your dentist every six months. Most people aren’t doing that, and it just allows bacteria to build up and cause problems like periodontal gum disease.

According to Dr. Jacob Taylor, “removing plaque as soon as possible is your best defense against gum disease. Brush, floss, and get that tartar off your teeth, so you can be in that meager 25% of gum disease free people.”

2. People who drink more than 2 glasses of soda a day are 62% more likely to suffer from tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss.

It’s not just soda that will lead to poor oral health – juice does too. Anything that contains a high amount of sugar will corrode your teeth. It’s best to stick with water and milk when you’re thirst to protect your teeth and gums.

3. Smokers are three times more likely to lose all of their teeth when compared to non-smokers.

Tobacco affects your bones and soft tissue in your teeth. It also disrupts the normal functioning of gum tissue cells. This makes smokers at risk for periodontal disease and other oral issues such as the inability to heal wounds in the mouth. This all leads to losing teeth, and for some people, at a young age.

4. 50% of Americans do not visit the dentist regularly.

Regularly means seeing your dentist for a checkup every six months. If you fall on the side of not doing this, make an appointment right now. Your dental hygienist is eager to get in your mouth and give you a good cleaning. Your dentist wants to check for any problems, so he can treat them as soon as possible. This is your oral health we’re talking about, and it’s greatly important to your overall health. Don’t neglect it another day.

5. One in four children have untreated tooth decay.

Tooth decay is common among children who do not care for their teeth. This means brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist. Help your children understand the importance of good oral hygiene, so they can stay healthy.

Turning The Facts Into Action

You have choices to make every single day – care or don’t care for your oral health. As a dental hygienist, I have seen the devastating effects of not taking proper care of teeth and gums. It’s not pretty or painless. Patients come in all of the time complaining of excruciating pain and sometimes, tooth loss is the only choice at that point. A toothless grin can be treated, but the expense is high.

It’s much easier to take action by allowing these facts show you the importance of your oral health. So get started now, brush and floss your teeth.

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