HOW OFTEN TO BRUSH
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day. Not just that, it’s also recommended that you floss and rinse your teeth with an alcohol-free mouthwash at least once a day.
Brushing your teeth regularly and properly will go a long way toward preventing plaque or bacteria buildup on your teeth. This, in turn, is vital in protecting your teeth from cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems.
So, how well do you stick to this routine?
Fox News recently published a story about a survey by oral care startup Hello Products. The company surveyed about 2,000 Americans. And while it’s understandable that we may be forgetful and lazy at times – we are human after all – the revelations here are quite startling.
|•||About 30 percent of those surveyed brushed only once a day.|
|•||Some people go two days without brushing (oh my heart!).|
What’s More Startling?
About 62 percent of those surveyed are more afraid of the dentist than they are of public speaking. It gets worse: Some indicated they may even abstain from being intimate with their partner for a whole month rather than seeing the dentist for a cleaning or other oral hygiene procedures!
Brushing Once a Day Just Isn’t Enough!
A lot still needs to be done to get people to take charge of their dental lives. Brushing regularly alone is not enough to rid your mouth of all the present bacteria.
That’s why you’re advised to supplement brushing with flossing and regular dental checkups.
Now, imagine what happens when the precautionary procedure of brushing gets reduced to just once a day. It’s definitely an invitation to dental disaster.
Brushing your teeth regularly and maintaining a healthy dental lifestyle will do you a lot of good. Aside from helping you prevent minor and severe oral health conditions, maintaining good oral health can also help reduce your risk for serious overall health complications that can greatly reduce your quality of life, including heart attack and stroke.
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