Just about any dentist in Gilbert will tell you how important it is to brush and floss, however, we wanted to give you some hard facts as to why it is so important. As an adult, you’re probably well aware of how often to brush your teeth, but many times it can be a struggle to get kids to follow an appropriate schedule. Chances are, even as an adult, you aren’t flossing as much as you should! The best way to get your children on a health oral hygiene routine is to lead by example. Here are a few facts to remind you of the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth:
- According to the CDC, nearly 16% of children aged 6-19, have tooth decay. Tooth decay at a young age can set the stage for oral health or other health issues for the rest of their lives.
- Nearly 24% of all adults have some tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to other health issues and it could cause permanent, cosmetic damage.
- 25% of adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth. While some genetic or extenuating circumstances may result in the loss of teeth, in many cases it is completely preventable.
Anyone with teeth, including young children, should be brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily. Consider carrying a toothbrush or floss with you on the go for a mid-day boost between your morning and nightly brushing. Brushing and flossing is such a simple and inexpensive routine, that no one has any excuse to skip the step. Taking matters in your own hands to protect your oral health will go a long way. Along with brushing, flossing, and routine dental care, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile throughout your life.