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Sara Davis, ThriveGlobal

April 5, 2018

The other day, I found out a friend of mine only brushes his teeth once a day. I was shocked. How could this good-looking, intelligent, charming guy only brush his teeth once a day?! Had he not heard the twice-a-day thing that I’d been hearing (and obeying) my entire life?

When you Google “brush teeth once a day,” over 5 million results come up, so apparently, it’s quite a common issue. But even if you brush your teeth twice a day, are you flossing? And even if you’re brushing twice a day and flossing, are you doing a good enough job to avoid being one of the 64.7 million American adults who has some form of gum disease?

No matter what your oral health situation is, we can always be improving! Here’s some motivation for you: if you don’t take care of your teeth, they will fall out one day; your oral health (or lack thereof) is tied to your overall health, and oral health can promote self-confidence.

If you don’t take care of your teeth, they won’t take care of you

A recent survey found that 3.75 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth. How did these unfortunate few lose all of their pearly whites? By not caring for them! Let’s review what plaque and gingivitis are so we know what’s going on when we neglect our teeth.

Plaque is “a coating of bacterial film that feeds on the residual sugars left in your mouth. It produces acids that eat away tooth enamel and cause cavities.” Cavities cause toothaches, increased sensitivity, and even visible holes in your teeth as the decay increases.

Read the full article in THRIVE.