Posted November 29, 2010
Do you value your oral health? Do you daily brush and floss your teeth, use an antiseptic mouthwash, and regularly schedule dental appointments for cleanings and checkups?
How well you care for your oral health today will affect the healthiness of your teeth and gums in the future.
It’s easy to put off taking care of your teeth. After breakfast you are in a hurry to get to work and at night you are too tired to remember to brush and floss. And scheduling a dental appointment takes time out of your busy schedule.
Why brush and floss?Regular brushing and flossing helps control the buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the outside of and between your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing removes two-thirds of the plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Value of regular dental appointments. During a dental exam, your teeth are professionally cleaned and your oral health is carefully evaluated. The dentist analyzes your gums and teeth for signs of oral and medical concerns that can lead to thyroid problems, leukemia, certain cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, bulimia and anemia, if left untreated.
Periodontal disease has become a significant concern as health researchers have discovered a direct link between this disease and serious health problems, including diabetes, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Advanced gum disease affects 4 -12 percent of adults in the United States.
Review these important statistics:
- Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for American kids, affecting more than one-fourth of those ages 2-5, and half of those ages 12-15
- According to national data estimates, kids ages 5 -17 miss nearly 2 million school days in a single year due to dental health problems
- One-fourth of U.S. adults age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth
- About 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year
- Employees miss approximately 20.4 million work days annually due to oral health problems
Remember, you don’t need to take care of all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!
Do you regularly brush and floss your teeth? How often do you have your teeth cleaned and checked? – Scott Delisi, Ameritas Group