When it comes to keeping your teeth and mouth happy, it’s important to stay engaged in your oral health. To stay engaged in something, it’s good to acquire and cultivate an interest in said thing.
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few fascinating facts about teeth, smiles, and overall oral health that might just help you get a little more engaged when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
1.) Kids Laugh Upwards of 400 Times Per Day
While adults are said to laugh anywhere from 5-20 times per day, Psychology Today asserts that children laugh 300-400 times per day. This means it’s all the more important to build and maintain a healthy set of pearly whites at a young age.
2.) Your Oral Health is Linked to Your Overall Health
Study after study ends up supporting the idea that your oral health and your overall health are hardly mutually exclusive. Bad oral health and gum disease has been linked to all sorts of negative health conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Conversely, maintaining good oral health has been shown to help prevent these awful health conditions.
3.) Tooth Decay is a Modern Phenomenon
A fairly recent Berkeley study suggests that dietary changes associated with the Industrial Revolution (which occurred about 150 years ago) have contributed greatly to the cause of the tooth decay and gum disease epidemic. Many believe this is because sugar is introduced and added to so many foods today, and that sugar is introduced into children’s diets at a young age. Agriculture has been around for over 10,000 years, and cases of gum disease and tooth decay did not happen to our cave people predecessors, which means that it can only have come about from modern diets and lifestyles.
4.) Toothbrushes Have Been Around Since the 1700s
It’s hard to believe, but toothbrushes have only been a fixture in most people’s bathrooms for only a few hundred years. Before contemporary oral health tools were invented, people used rough cloth to clean their teeth. Yuck!
As always, Dr. Pantano is here to answer any questions you or any member of your family may have about your oral health and how the health of your teeth and gums are inextricably linked to your overall health.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We have an amazing track record of building healthy smiles for the entire family and we’re here to help you take care of yours for the long haul!