This week is Dental Health Week, making now the time to turn your attention to the importance of those pearly whites.
Not only do healthy teeth facilitate speech, eating and self-confidence, they are also linked to our general health and wellbeing.
Here’s an insight into the importance of teeth, and how you can help them stay in tip-top condition for life.
Some fun facts about teeth
Although they only begin appearing at about the time a child is six months, teeth start forming long before a baby is born.
In total a human produces 52 teeth across the course of their life – 20 baby teeth and 32 adult teeth (counting those wisdoms)
These teeth are coated by the strongest substance found in the human body – enamel. But of course, it’s not impervious to wear, tear and decay, and looking after your teeth is imperative.
Some hygiene hints
During the average human’s life, we spend about 38.5 days brushing our teeth, but often that daily routine is not quite as attentive as it should be.
Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, spending two minutes thoroughly cleaning all teeth.
As about half the surface of your teeth (40 per cent) is between them, flossing is a non-negotiable part of that routine, and should be undertaken once daily.
Meanwhile, although many people believe they spend two minutes diligently brushing, research indicates it’s often more like 45 to 70 seconds.
And yes, seeing your dentist regularly is a must. You should visit your dentist for a check-up at least once a year, and more regularly if potential problems like gum disease have been identified.
Unfortunately, as a result of poor diet, inadequate hygiene and missed dental check-ups, Australian adults aged 15 and above have on average 12.8 missing, decayed or filled teeth.
Oral health affects general health
Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is considered the gateway to the body, and dental health has impacts far beyond just the condition of your teeth.
In fact, poor oral health including tooth decay and gum disease is linked to a whole host of other health issues, like cardiovascular disease, the risk of stroke, and some cancers.
Baby teeth matter
Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, baby teeth are very important for speech, eating and development.
Critically, baby teeth are the place holders for the adult teeth which will follow. And should a baby tooth be lost prematurely due to trauma or decay, a space maintainer might be required.
In addition, establishing good dental hygiene habits when a child is young helps set the up for a lifetime of better dental health.
About Brite Dental
Brite Dental is a community-focused dental practice, committed to ensuring you and your family receive the highest quality of care in a warm and professional environment.
Offering a full range of dental services, ranging from children’s dentistry through to orthodontics and high-end cosmetic dentistry, we are conveniently located in central Panania.