Dental health has an impact on our overall health and neglecting one can negatively impact the other.
Nearly half of all adults over 30 suffer from some form of gum disease. One in four children under the age of five already have cavities. Children as young as 17 months may already have one or more cavities.
When the carbohydrates in the food and drinks that you consume aren’t cleaned from the teeth regularly, they provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria. These bacteria can start forming plaque on teeth within twenty minutes of eating, so if you’re a frequent snacker, you may want to clean your teeth more often than twice a day.
If you develop complications from tooth decay and gum disease, you may be dealing with bills for anything from fillings or crowns to more costly and complicated procedures such as root canals or oral surgery to extract damaged teeth and place dental implants or be fitted for dentures.
You should replace your toothbrush every few months, floss daily, and use a mouth wash daily to help prevent these costly dental problems.