30 Facts about Dental Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene not only helps achieve strong teeth and gums, but it also provides an overall healthy lifestyle. It boosts self- confidence and improves your day-to-day social interaction.

Enforcing proper dental hygiene everyday helps you avoid embarrassing encounters such as yellow teeth as you display your smile to your crush or that bad breath when you chat with your friends.

Milk, cheese and vegetables strengthen your teeth.

Missing teeth or teeth gaps lowers self-esteem and holds you back from giving your best smile and grin.

Poor oral hygiene increases your chance of heart disease.

Too much brushing or flossing results to mouth bruises and bleeding that leads to infection.

Frequent soda drinkers have 62% tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than others.

Babies that are bottle-fed with sweetened milk are prone to tooth decay. Gently wipe your child’s gum with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth during bath time.

Newborn babies don’t have tooth decay bacteria but when someone kisses the baby, bacteria is transmitted.

Cavities are the major cause of children’s tooth loss while periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Eating healthy snacks like celery, carrots or apples sweeps away the left-over foods trapped in between your teeth.

Dental fluorosis is higher in adolescents than in adults and highest among those aged 9-15.

Men are more likely than women to have severe dental diseases.

9 out of 10 patients don’t change their toothbrush as is recommended. You are supposed to replace your toothbrush every two to three months or after episodes of illnesses you went through.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but it is not advisable to uncap a bottle with your teeth.

Don’t put your toothbrush near the toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel to a distance of 6 feet.

Ice-cold sodas, iced teas or drinks with big ice cubes can cause microscopic cracks in the surface of the enamel that can lead to worse dental problems.

You are wrong if you think firmer toothbrush is better. Hard-bristled toothbrush may irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth.

Thumb sucking causes misalignment of the teeth.

Clean and brush the surface of your tongue because there are bacteria present at the rougher top surface of your tongue that contributes to bad breath or halitosis.

Smoking and chewing tobacco causes tooth decay, bad breath, tooth discoloration and even oral cancer. Masking the smoky and bad breath with candies and coffee doubles the amount of dental problems.

Too much intake of tea, coffee and red wine stains your teeth. 

Quit the jaw clenching and tooth grinding. There is a severe amount of pressure when you grind and you get micro-fractures or actual fractures in your teeth. Micro-fractures weaken the area of your teeth and results to more severe damage.

Teeth are not pliers. Teeth are not tools. So, stop ripping the package of your chips or unscrewing your bottles with your teeth.

Toothpicks help clean the areas between your teeth if you do it carefully but if you don’t, you are hurting your gum tissues.

Nail Biting can cause teeth to break or tooth enamel to splinter.

Holding any objects between your teeth when you’re in the middle of concentration is a bad habit you need to break. The pressure you are putting on your teeth causes your teeth to break or shift.

Sharing your toothbrush to your family members is a way of transmitting bacteria and infection.

The average person should brush six minutes a day.

Brushing in a circular or elliptical motion a couple of teeth at a time, and then gradually brushing the entire teeth is one of the best techniques of brushing.