A recent survey compiled by Colgate found that 47%, almost half, of surveyed young women (aged 24-35) brush their teeth once a day, if that, and admit to having “poor” oral health. Of the 1,007 women surveyed, only 8% said they had “excellent” oral health, and half of all women surveyed said they don’t get regular dental check-ups.
No matter your gender or age, nothing should get in the way of regular dental check-ups, which translates to visiting the dentist at least once a year. It may be perceived that going to the dentist is like going to the doctor – you don’t need to go unless you have an issue. But frequent dental check-ups are all about preventing problems.
Although we highly recommend going to the dentist for a routine check-up, there are a few easy ways to care for your teeth on your own. For instance, don’t brush your teeth too hard. You can wear away your enamel. Keep a soft brush and brush gently. Remove or limit the amount of acidic foods in your diet. This includes diet sodas, sweeteners, and fruits. Floss regularly, and finally, brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal, but especially before bedtime. At night, there is less saliva in your mouth so there is less protection. And did you know that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque than your standard toothbrush? They’re more expensive, but worth it.
Maintaining a healthy dental hygiene is not just important for your oral health but for other parts of your body. Poor oral health is associated with major chronic diseases and it can cause disability. Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors. Finally, general health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions.
Nothing’s more important than your health so call Austin Premier Dental today to schedule a check-up with Dr. Bruce Silva!