Most Americans Need to Brush Longer – and More OftenSaturday, March 29th, 2014, 7:44 pm
American life seeming is hectic amd it seems as though we’re all forced to take time away from some tasks to make more time for others. One area that should never be neglected, however, is dental care. We all need to brush longer — and brush more often than we are!
Unfortunately, studies are showing that Americans are cutting more and more time from their dental routines – and their teeth are showing the effects of this. Shaving off a minute from your nightly tooth-brushing may not seem like a significantly harmful thing to do, but this rushed routine can severely damage your teeth in the long run. . A recent study found that Americans only brush for about 31 to 60 seconds – much less than the recommended minimum of two minutes for each brushing session.
It seems that Americans are aware that their brushing habits are sub par, or that they could at least dedicate more time to taking care of their smiles. Only one-third of Americans say they do an “excellent” job of taking care of their mouth, teeth and gums, according to the American Dental Association.
Adults aren’t the only ones who are neglecting their dental health. A recent report from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research focused on how well American children are brushing, and whether their parents are addressing the issue when their kids don’t brush enough. About a third of the survey respondents, or 35 percent, reported that they know their child brushes his or her teeth less than twice a day.
When you don’t adequately brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day as recommended by the American Dental Association, you leave behind harmful bacteria that multiplies and spreads throughout your mouth. Improperly cleaning your teeth can result in cavities, tooth decay, gum inflammation, gingivitis and other periodontal disease.
Not brushing and flossing thoroughly and often enough can also result in halitosis, or bad breath. By devoting a full two minutes each time you brush and making sure to floss daily, you’re investing in your future oral health and preventing a handful of dangerous and unpleasant dental conditions.
Dental Health in Toccoa
If you would like to learn more about oral health, annual dental check ups or any of the dental treatments that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be contacted at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.