From not being given any sauce packets with your drive-thru chicken sandwich to eating cereal you poured buttermilk on because you weren’t paying attention, there’s some frightening stuff happening in the real world. Okay, those are actually minor inconveniences, but someone probably got squeamish while reading that.
Seriously though, there are plenty of things that are no laughing matter. Oral health in America is one of them. Read on to find out how many people aren’t getting the dental care they need, as well as some oral health tips so you can make sure your teeth are in tiptop condition.
Worrisome Facts Regarding Dental Health in America
- More than 17% of children haven’t visited their dentist in the past year
- 13% of children have untreated cavities
- Only 65% of adults have visited their dentist in the past year
- 26% of adults have untreated cavities
- Over 47% of adults have some form of periodontal disease
- 25% of adults have lost all their teeth
- About 45 million adults don’t have dental insurance coverage
- Cost is the main reason why adults with an oral health issue don’t go to the dentist
What Can I Do to Avoid Problems with My Teeth?
You certainly don’t want to be contributing to the figures in the previous section. If you currently are in such a predicament, the fact you are reading this indicates you might be motivated to make a change. Here are some ways to protect your teeth and gums.
- Seek out a balanced diet. Important nutrients for teeth include magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorous, fluoride, and calcium.
- Don’t eat dark or sticky foods. Some items to avoid or at least minimize include toffee, red sauces, pastries, dried fruits, and cakes. They promote bacteria growth and/or stain teeth.
- Eating meat is good for your teeth due to the magnesium and phosphorous content. If you don’t eat meat, seek supplements for these nutrients.
- Avoid drinking soda. The acid is harmful to your enamel, plus dark colas can stain teeth.
- Don’t smoke. It can lead to halitosis and stain your teeth.
- Brush your teeth at least twice each day and especially in the morning and at night.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-rich toothpaste.
- Don’t brush for longer than two minutes in a session or apply too much pressure.
- Rinse with mouthwash daily. Also, rinse your mouth with water after each meal.
- Floss daily, whether you want to do it before or after brushing.
To save the best – or at least most important – for last, be sure to go see your dentist twice each year. They can help make sure the oral health of your entire family remains in good standing for years to come.
About the Practice
At Lakeside Daytona Dentist, we’re all about providing state-of-the-art dental services with outstanding patient care. Our experienced dentists and dedicated staff understand that the quality of your smile can literally change the quality of your life. We don’t like to see those stats about oral health problems any more than you do, but if you’ll entrust us with the care of you and your family, our team will help ensure that you all set a shining dental example. To schedule an exam and cleaning, visit our website or call (386) 274-2021.