The care and keeping of your teeth is an important thing indeed. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth in your lifetime and their proper care can greatly influence your overall quality of life. Your teeth can influence many other aspects of your health and even your social life. After all, recent surveys have shown that more than 95% of all American adults feel that the appearance of your teeth and overall smile can play a critical role in your social life – and dating life. And very nearly three quarters of this adult population also feels that your smile and its quality (and therefore the quality of your teeth) can influence your professional life as well.
But how can you go about ensuring that your teeth stay in as good a shape as is possible? Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure this is the case. For one thing, the proper daily care of your teeth can actually go a long way, as any general dentist will be able to tell you. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice throughout the course of the day, as this will help to prevent the buildup of plaque – and reduce your risk of developing any dental concerns like cavities, which are so common that more than 90% of the adult population in the United States alone has experienced at least one, if not a good deal more than that. Choosing toothpaste with fluoride in it can also help to protect and strengthen your teeth against decay. And in addition to all of this, flossing at least once a day will better the quality and health of your teeth as well as your gums, which go hand in hand with your dental health when it comes to overall oral health and hygiene.
Visiting a local dentist is also very important indeed. As a matter of fact, it is recommended that one visit their local dentist at least twice throughout the year. A local dentist is likely to not only examine the teeth and mouth as a whole and determine if there are any issues threatening overall oral health, but the local dentist will also provide a thorough cleaning. This is very important indeed, as the level of cleaning that the average local dentist can provide is certainly better than what the average person can do, no matter how diligent they might be. Therefore, going to your local dentist is not just ideal, but necessary to your overall oral health.
Unfortunately, far too few people are taking care of their teeth as they should, something that the data gathered on the subject has only been found to support in terms of general dentistry. For one thing, only around half of all adults are seeing their local dentist on a biannual basis, leaving up to half of the adult population of the United States lacking in this area of dental care. In addition to just not going to see a local dentist on a regular basis, far too few people are even brushing their teeth as they should, with up to one fourth of all adults stating that they don’t brush twice throughout the day (though they may brush once) and up to one tenth of all people saying they forget entirely at least occasionally.
However, the consequences of neglecting not just to see a local dentist but all aspects of dental care can be very serious indeed. After all, there are a great many people throughout the country who have had to get dental implants. In fact, up to three million people already have them – and with each passing year, that number swells by up to half of a million, no small group of people indeed. But dental implants can often be avoided through proper dental care. Therefore, taking the time to visit your local dentist twice throughout the year is very much going to save you time and money alike at the end of the day. From the dental checkup to brushing your teeth not just once a day but twice a day to flossing regularly, all aspects of dental care should be taken seriously.