There are a lot of myths surrounding dentistry and oral hygiene, so you should always be weary about what you read online. However, there are some incredibly interesting, surprising, and helpful oral hygiene facts that your dentist in Arvada wants to share. Keep reading to learn 7 fascinating facts about your smile and oral hygiene that you probably didn’t know.
#1. Putting a Cap on Your Toothbrush
Do you put a cap on your toothbrush after using it? While it may seem like you’re protecting your bristles from germs and bacteria, the moisture that the cap traps in your bristles actually promote bacterial growth.
#2. Gum Disease is Really Common
Did you know that 75% of the US population suffers from some form of gum disease? The most common cause of this disease is tartar. Plaque that isn’t removed through routine brushing and flossing can harden into tartar, causing inflammation and infection of your gums.
#3. The First Toothbrush
The first toothbrush was made over 500 years ago in China, and the bristles were made out of hairs from horses, hogs, and badgers. The first toothbrush made commercially was in 1938. Thankfully, modern dentistry has eliminated the use of animal hair in toothbrushes.
#4. Soda Drinkers and Cavities
People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda a day have 62% more tooth decay, cavities, fillings, and tooth loss than those who don’t. If you simply must indulge in soda, it’s a good idea to use a straw. This avoids contact between the sugary liquid and your teeth.
#5. Replacing Your Brush After Sickness
Brushing your teeth is one of the best things that you can do for your teeth, but not if your bristles are infected. Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or brush head for electric brushes) after sickness to avoid getting yourself sick again and damaging your teeth.
#6. Don’t Let Your Kids Eat Fluoride Toothpaste
Be sure to teach your kids to spit out their toothpaste after brushing. Ingesting too much fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis, which can discolor your child’s teeth during their first 8 years—the time when permanent teeth start growing in.
#7. Newborns Don’t Have Cavity-Causing Bacteria
Typically, the mother transfers bacteria to the baby when she kisses them or through her natural breathing close to the baby. That’s why it’s important to watch what your little one puts in their mouth. If only this lack of bacteria stayed the same throughout your life, right?
After learning some interesting facts about oral hygiene, do you have any questions for your dentist? Contact them or schedule a visit to stay on top of your oral healthcare. You can use some of these tips to keep your smile looking and feeling great.
About the Practice
Dr. Terry Batliner and Dr. Christopher Kellum are a team of dentists who have a passion for quality care. They believe in patient education, which is why they want you to know some surprising dental facts. They currently practice at Sage Dental Care, and they can be reached through their website or by phone at (720) 502-6290 for any questions.