How much do you really know about dentistry? Sure you go to the dentist twice a year, but do you know why? If you are curious to know more, read on to learn three interesting facts about dentistry.
3 Interesting Facts
1. Plaque, the material that builds up on your teeth when you do not brush or floss properly, is actually harmless and made up of microorganisms already present in your mouth. Once plaque has the opportunity to build up, however, it can carry over 300 types of bacteria. One of the biggest problems with plaque is that it can mineralize and form tartar, which is very destructive and can lead to gum disease.
2. Tooth decay, more commonly known as a cavity, is the second most common disease among men and women in the United States—the common cold is the first. Tooth decay happens when the bacteria in your mouth creates acid, which starts to eat away at the tooth. If not treated, the cavity can grow to cause pain, bone loss, and infection. The solution to prevent tooth decay is simple: brush and floss daily.
3. The average American spends 38.5 days of his or her life brushing their teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Proper brushing should include short, gentle strokes with the toothbrush. It is recommended that you pay attention to areas that you may usually miss, such as hard to reach places like the back of your front teeth and the gum line. Brushing your tongue can leave you fresh breath all day long. Challenge yourself and your family to brush for at least two minutes! The next time you brush set a stopwatch. You may be surprised that you have not been brushing for as long as you should be.