Dental problems are a huge concern in the United States due to the lifestyle and eating habits of the general population. According to a fact sheet released by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, about 78% of Americans have at least one cavity by the time they turned 17.
To make matters worse, only 36% of working-age adults saw a dentist in 2011 and about one-quarter of them had untreated tooth decay. To be precise, 27.4% adults between the ages of 20 and 44 years had untreated dental cavities, while the number stood at 17.5% for children between the ages of 5 and 19.
In 2007, about 500 million visits were made to the dentists but the worrying part is that most of these were emergency cases. Teeth are an important part of the body and to give them a long life, here are a few tips.
Brush Your Teeth Well
Time and again parents, teachers and relatives have underlined the importance of brushing your teeth well and yet most of us fail to understand this simple thing. It is the easiest way to keep your teeth clean and doesn’t even require too much effort.
Brush your teeth twice a day and use the up and down motion to get the best results. Also, use a tongue cleaner to get rid of bacteria and to minimize the amount of food particles left for them to party on.
Say No to Tobacco and Alcohol
Do a big favor to your teeth by saying no to tobacco, alcohol, sodas, etc. While tobacco can lead to oral cancer and periodontal complications, beverages containing additives, such as corn syrup, can discolor your teeth and make them appear dull.
Many people are unaware of the fact that if you follow up a cigarette with a cup of tea or coffee, it doubles the amount of damage, say experts at Revitalizing Smiles.
Increase Calcium Intake
Just like your bones, your teeth also need plenty of calcium. So, replace the beverages that have caffeine with milk and orange juice. Also add yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products to your diet.
While Calcium and Vitamin D are needed to maintain the health of your gums and teeth, Vitamin B stops the gums from cracking and bleeding.
Lastly, pay regular visits to the dentist. You should have a full mouth treatment at least twice a year to maintain good oral health. It is no rocket science that people who visit dentists regularly are likely to have less dental problems than those who don’t.