Dental Health Facts You Don’t Know Yet
When it comes to the talk about dental health and dentists, it sure feels like there’s nothing interesting about them. While you probably are already aware about basic dental health things like maintaining oral hygiene and visiting the dental office regularly, there are actually several fun facts you still don’t know. This is what this post is about.
1 – Chewing gum is good for your mouth.
But be reminded that not every chewing is good for you; and as a matter of fact, it only can be good for you and your mouth if it’s sugar-free gum. By munching on sugar-free gum, the excess debris from the food you ate earlier will be removed in between your teeth. Additionally, chewing gum encourages the production of saliva in the mouth, and that’s actually a good thing because saliva is the catalyst in the prevention of tooth decay.
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2 – You can use celery as toothbrush.
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You probably already know that certain foods help in cleaning your teeth and the most popular ones are apples and carrots. Aside from those two, celery is an interesting alternative as it acts more like a natural toothbrush. Hence, munching on celery means cleaning your teeth along the way. Its abrasive properties help in wiping off plaque and tiny food particles that stick to the teeth. However, it should be noted that no fruit or vegetable out there can replace the effectiveness of brushing your teeth the usual way.
3 – A lot of people, maybe including you, hate the idea of flossing.
According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology, majority of respondents would rather do household chores like washing dirty dishes or cleaning the toilet than flossing their teeth. But the thing with flossing is that even if you hate it, it still is an essential part of your daily routine because it’s the only effective way of successfully removing food debris found in between your teeth and gums.
4 – All dentists know the fact that patients aren’t completely honest when it comes to oral hygiene and dental health.
To be fair to you though, you probably only lie about how you do your oral hygiene routine. This means that while you tell your dentist you do regular flossing and brushing, they can easily detect and figure out that you’re not really doing your job well.
5 – The gums are so soft and fragile that you need to give them double the protection you give your teeth.
You obviously have experienced bleeding gums before. That’s why if you ask a dentist for advice, he or she will recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles so that they won’t cause bleeding gums once you brush your teeth.
So those right there are some of the fun dental health facts you can add to your knowledge book. Remember that in maintaining good health for your teeth and gums, you need to do your part and don’t think for a second that it’s only the dentist’s job.