Taking care of your mouth is important for more than minty fresh breath and a beautiful smile. Your oral health can affect your general wellness and overall quality of life. If you skip brushing before bed or don’t see your dentist regularly, here are 5 alarming dental stats you should know.
1. Oral and General Wellness are Linked
Your oral and overall wellness are closely connected. Various dental issues can increase your risk of several health conditions. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, diabetic complications, and more. Your general health can also affect your smile. For example, acid reflux can cause enamel loss while pregnancy can raise your risk of gum disease. Keeping your mouth healthy is an investment in your well-being.
2. 92% of Adults Have Experienced Decay
Most adults will experience tooth decay, despite almost always being preventable. Decay occurs when your teeth are regularly exposed to sugar and starches. They combine with bacteria in your mouth to create an acidic plaque that will erode your enamel over time. Although enamel is stronger than some metals, it won’t grow back once it is lost. Good oral hygiene and limiting sugars can reduce your risk of cavities.
3. Half of Adults Have Gum Disease
Over 50% of adults have a form of gum disease, but many people don’t know they have the infection. Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are signs of gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. If it progresses to advanced periodontitis, it can destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, leading to tooth loss. The infection can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, preterm delivery, and much more. Daily flossing is the best way to remove plaque your toothbrush can’t reach to keep your gums healthy.
4. 1 in 6 Americans Suffers a Dental Emergency
You may never expect to suffer from a dental emergency, but they are common. Besides traumatic injuries, they are often caused by untreated dental problems, like cavities. Routine cleanings and checkups can lessen your risk of dental emergencies. You can also safeguard your smile by wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. Keep inedible objects out of your mouth and never use your teeth in place of scissors or other tools.
5. One-Third of Adults Never See a Dentist
Brushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep your mouth healthy. You should also see your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Preventive dentistry stops common oral health issues from occurring in the first place to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You’ll also reduce your long-term oral health expenses by avoiding dental work down the road. It’s never too late to commit to a healthier mouth and body.
About Dr. Alan R. DeAngelo
Dr. DeAngelo earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has regularly pursued additional training in various specialties, like dental implants, endodontics, prosthodontics, and Invisalign. He is an award-winning dentist who strives for excellence. Request an appointment through his website or call (815) 671-4058.
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