Sure, we all forget to floss (or just don’t) every now and then. But dental care isn’t that important, right? Wrong. Dental hygiene is actually quite vital for your health. According to the TeensHealth, 84% of 17-year-olds have dental caries (tooth decay) and 60% of 15-year-olds have gingivitis. Tooth decay can cause severe pain, difficulty when chewing, loss of teeth, and an inability to speak properly. Gingivitis, which is usually caused by a build-up of plaque, is the initial stage of gum disease. Moreover, treatments for tooth decay and gingivitis are both damaging to your wallet. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent these, as well as other issues, from occurring.
Initially, brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. Try to brush for at least two minutes each time. Brush softly against your teeth—especially around the gums—so that you don’t cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, or loose teeth. Also, remove bacteria from your tongue and the roof of your mouth by lightly brushing those areas from back to front. Additionally, check your toothpaste to confirm that it contains fluoride; fluoride guards against cavities. Sadly, brushing doesn’t remove all of the bacteria. Flossing, however, will remove the stubborn food that is stuck between your teeth, underneath the gum line, or under your braces. Be careful not to harm your gums while you floss, though. Floss gently.
To further protect your teeth, avoid as much sugary food as possible. If you love sugary foods, remember to brush your teeth after eating. At least rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash. If you have a desire for soft drinks, note that these drinks expose your enamel to harmful acids. Please remember to keep up your dental hygiene routine. Also, visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. Be proud that you take care of your teeth. Smile!
By: Mikenzi Brasfield