5 Reasons to Take Care of Your Teeth

“You don’t have to floss all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.”

This popular phrase, posted in many dental offices, takes a humorous approach to preventive dental care. Although daily tooth brushing and flossing require a little time, once the habits are developed the benefits of healthy teeth and gums are significant.

The next time you think about putting off brushing or flossing, consider these five reasons to take care of your teeth:

  1. Early detection – As soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts, parents and caregivers should wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth to remove sugars from beverages or foods. Schedule a dental checkup by the child’s first birthday so the dentist can check alignment, jaw development and overall health. Remember that baby teeth lay the foundation for healthy adult teeth.
  2. Save money – Putting off brushing and flossing provides an opportunity for decay to develop in one or more teeth, resulting in costly dental repairs.
  3. Avoid pain – Brush your teeth at least twice each day, after breakfast and at bedtime, and floss once daily to help remove bacteria and plaque that can build up on teeth. If it’s not removed, plaque turns into tartar, a hard, sticky substance that attracts bacteria and can lead to painful tooth decay and gum disease.
  4. Protect your smile – Kids, and adults, involved in sports, biking, skateboard or other athletic activities should wear a mouth guard to protect against broken teeth. Another good idea is to ask your dentist to apply sealants on the chewing surfaces of your kids’ back teeth to prevent decay.
  5. Thorough cleaning – Schedule dental appointments for professional cleanings and checkups at least once or twice a year, as directed by your dentist, to head off decay and check for oral and medical problems. Invest in dental benefits to assist with expenses. Research shows that people with dental insurance tend to use their benefits.
  • Ramonan Phillips ,

    need Dental Ins.

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      • Chris Sanders ,

        I would like to add another reason why you need to take care of your teeth. Confidence. Nice teeth will make you feel attractive and confident around people. This is why we need to take care of our teeth as early as when we are young…

        • Jeff Curtis ,

          Thanks for this great post on reasons to take care of your teeth. All of these reasons sound like really good ones to me. I don’t often think of the saving money as one of the reasons though. It makes a lot of sense, if you prevent dental issues, you save money! Thanks for this great post, I really need more motivation to help my kids take care of their teeth.

          • Paul Bola ,

            Understanding the benefits of dental care is totally depend upon right advice and proper care. A good dentist can advice you but caring your teeth is your responsibility. Caring teeth can cost you little but its good to taste your favorite food for a long time.

            To be a good dentist, it’s your duty to provide your patients proper care but due to heavy schedule most of dentist are not able to delivery quality services, to avoid inconvenience, choose right patient relationship management software…

            Thanks for the post, I like informational post on dental health..

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