- Nearly 20 percent of American children between the ages of 5 and 19 have cavities that arent receiving the care of a dentist.
- Among adults between the ages of 20 and 44 the percentage is more alarming - nearly 30 percent.
- In fact, 80 percent of us have some form of gum disease. Thats a jaw-dropping number and a dangerous one.
Many households have family doctors, but a lot of them dont have a family dentist they see on a regular basis. Dental health often falls by the wayside until a crisis occurs. And some people arent even aware that they have a dental crisis in the making. If your diet is full of sugary beverages, acidic condiments, and processed foods full of artificial chemicals and preservatives thats a recipe for dental disaster. And smoking and alcohol consumption can only make matters worse.
Failure to take care of your teeth can cost you a lot more than the bill from a dentist when you finally yield and go. Your first impression is shaped by your appearance - and your smile is often the first thing people notice. If your teeth are in such bad shape that youre reluctant to smile, that can leave a bad impression.
Brushing And Flossing
And your ability to speak properly and confidently may influence a prospective employer. So not taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day can cost you socially, professionally, and therefore, economically. Not only that, but without proper dental hygiene, your mouth is a gateway for an assortment of germs and superbugs that can wreak havoc on your overall health.
For diabetics, bacteria can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.
Bacteria from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and cause your arteries to harden, triggering a stroke or heart attack. Bacteria from gingivitis can migrate through the bloodstream to your brain and set off the kind of toxic deterioration that leads to dementia. And apart from the unpleasant social stigma of bad breath or halitosis, your ability to breathe at all can be severely reduced by bacteria entering your lungs and compromise your respiratory system.
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