The Root of Dental Care

by Lauren Hales

Healthy teeth and gums count for more than a pretty smile in pictures. Regular brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist help prevent both cavities and serious gum disease.

  • Brush your best!
  • Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid harm to your gums.
  • Aim for 30 seconds in each quadrant in your mouth for a total of two minutes.
  • Brush at least twice a day. Make sure one time is before you go to bed.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride for the best protection against plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Remember to brush your tongue—bacteria live on your tongue as well as on your teeth.
  • Floss! It’s just as important as brushing and most effective just before bed.
  • Be sure to change your toothbrush every two or three months.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Finally, try to eat and drink fewer sugary foods. A healthy diet means healthy teeth and gums.

Did you know?
Before the modern era, people used some of these mixtures to clean their teeth: powders made from ashes, eggshells and pumice; ground chalk or charcoal; tobacco and honey mixture; powder of burnt bread mixed with soap.
100 years ago, few people had a daily habit of brushing their teeth. Concerned about rotting teeth of soldiers, the US Army provided toothbrushes and toothpaste during World War II. Later, a Pepsodent ad campaign appealed to the masses by promising a brighter smile, and the habit took hold.
47 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of gum disease.
An even higher 70 percent of adults 65 years and older suffer from gum disease.
Researchers are studying a link between gum disease and heart disease.
Another area of study is an association between gum disease and early labor and low birth weights.
Protecting your smile could have long-lasting benefits for your overall health.


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