Freddy Krueger, graveyards, Monday mornings, your mother-in-law visiting – there’s some scary stuff out there in the world. Oral health isn’t all rainbows and puppies either, as there are some frightening statistics relating to people who don’t take proper care of their chompers.
Keep reading to learn some scary stats, as well as some helpful oral health tips.
Concerning Facts About American Dental Health
- Over 47% of adults have some form of periodontal disease
- 25% of adults have lost all their teeth
- 26% of adults have untreated cavities
- 13% of children have untreated cavities
- 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
- Only 65% of adults have visited their dentist in the past year
- More than 17% of children haven’t visited their dentist in the past year
What Can I Do to Protect My Teeth?
You certainly don’t want to become a person that contributes to those troubling stats in the previous section. Or if you already are in that predicament, surely you want to make a positive change. Here are some ways you can take care of your teeth and oral health in general:
- Brush your teeth at least twice each day and especially in the morning and at night.
- Don’t brush for longer than two minutes in a session or apply too much pressure.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride-rich toothpaste.
- Floss daily, whether you want to do it before or after brushing.
- Avoid drinking soda. The acid is harmful to your enamel, plus dark colas can stain teeth.
- Seek out a balanced diet. Important nutrients for teeth include magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorous, fluoride, and calcium.
- Rinse with mouthwash daily. Also, rinse your mouth with water after each meal.
- 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.
- Don’t smoke. It can lead to halitosis and stain your teeth.
- 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.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure you are not contributing to the statistic about people who haven’t been to the dentist in the past year. There are some worrisome stats about dental health issues for sure, but you have every opportunity to be certain you and your family do not contribute to them.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki received his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Florida and earned his master’s degree in Dental Science. Well-aware of the troubling dental health stats in America, Dr. Nawrocki wants to ensure that residents of Orange Park do not contribute to those haunting figures and instead star as shining examples of oral health. To schedule a dental exam and cleaning, visit his website or call (904) 272-1588.