Fun Facts about Keeping Your Mouth At Its Healthiest
You may know you’re supposed to brush them and floss them, but there’s a lot more to know about your teeth and mouth than just the basics. Oral hygiene is important to your complete health, and there are many different ways to ensure that you keep your teeth strong and your breath fresh. That’s why we came up with some of the reasons why and how you can keep your mouth at its healthiest.
Soda consumption has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, kidney stones, and tooth decay. Cola beverages, in particular, contain phosphoric acid and have been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones.
Strength in Tooth Enamel: You may tell people your abs are the hardest part of your body, but despite the hundreds of crunches you’ve done, your tooth enamel takes the gold as hardest part of your body. This is what protects your teeth as you bite into a crisp apple or a crunchy treat. Crunch on. The layer underneath the enamel is called dentin and it is also a hard surface. Proper oral hygiene can help keep the enamel strong and healthy.
Those Two Minute Brush Sessions Add Up: While it doesn’t seem that long at the time you’re doing, the average person ends up spending 38 days brushing his or her teeth over the course of their life. It’s worth it for oral hygiene, and healthy teeth as you age are worth the month of your time spent brushing. It’s not just the time spent brushing that is important, but the method, too. Your dentist at Kaizen Dental can teach you the best way to make sure all surfaces of the tooth are cleaned.
Pass the Tissues and Mouthwash: It may come as no surprise to most that the most common disease is in fact the common cold, after all, its part of the name. But next on the list is tooth decay, but with proper oral hygiene it doesn’t have to be! Brush your teeth at least twice per day, and if you can do so after each meal and before bed. And your dentist is right when encouraging daily flossing, as this keeps debris from gathering between teeth.
Take a Drink: Many people don’t realize just how much sugar is in the drinks they consume, and one can of soda contains up to 12 teaspoons of sugar. That much sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth, and a simple substitution of water, infused with fruit can help keep your mouth healthy. Too much sugar can cause cavities. Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and create the acid that can destroy your tooth enamel.
Your Toothbrush has the Blues: Toothbrushes come in nearly every shape, size and color to take care of whatever your oral hygiene concerns may be, but it turns out people are more drawn to blue toothbrushes than red ones. But when deciding on which toothbrush is the best for you, it’s important to take into consideration what your personal oral health. Talk with your dentist to help determine what is the healthiest option for you. Consider soft bristles versus firm or an electric toothbrush for the best clean you can get. Color doesn’t matter!