Step 2: Flossing
Admittedly, dragging a thin thread through teeth to remove harmful dental plaque is not a fun task and some studies have indicated that 73 of the American population would rather go grocery shopping than floss. Those who actually follow that philosophy are doing themselves a grave injustice, as skipping that step will leave 40 percent of all dental surfaces untouched during the plaque removal process. Some equate skipping flossing to not washing 35 percent of one's body during a daily shower, yuck!
According to television's Dr. Oz, skipping flossing will shorten a total life span by six years as dental plaque as been known to contribute to heart disease. The process will also increase the odds of adult tooth loss as over time that dental plaque can fester between teeth it can harden and convert to stubborn tartar and cause tooth decay, gum disease and ultimately tooth loss.
Step 3: Professional Dental Care
If everyone conducted their due diligence in regards to their daily oral hygiene, no one would choose to be a professional dentist for fear of lack of business. Instead the opposite is true and individuals must include regular dental exams and dental office visits into their oral care regime or risk tooth loss down the line.
Individuals who opt to see a dentist twice a year can expect the visit to be twofold involving a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist as well as an exam by a qualified dentist. During the cleaning portion of the visit, a dental hygienist will work diligently to remove dental plaque, dental tartar and a tooth polishing to prevent future dental problems from occurring. A dentist will then examine teeth to check for signs of tooth erosion, gum disease and other factors that if left unchecked will increase the odds of tooth loss down the line.
Consumers looking to find a dentist in order to be able to follow all three recommended steps to prevent tooth loss simply need to call 1-800-DENTIST. Our lines are staffed 24/7 with helpful operators that can instantly connect those in need to a great dentist in their area. Preventative dentistry can help save teeth and money, so why wait until a tooth is loose, call 1-800-DENTIST now.