Did you know that George Washington never owned a set of wooden teeth? His entirely toothless mouth was filled with cow and human teeth, and sometimes dentures made of gold, silver and Hippopotamus ivory. That sounds like only a slight upgrade from wooden teeth. While you noodle that, here are three other mouth myths that might apply to your dental habits more than the quality of George Washington’s dentures:
- MYTH: You should brush immediately after eating.
It’s logical to assume that the sooner that you brush the food out of your mouth, the greater you can protect your teeth from the decay the food might cause. However, Mother Nature blessed our mouths with two layers of protection against food:
- The enamel that coats our teeth is actually harder than bone and pro (more…)
It seems like every parent must go through a battle every morning and night to get their children to brush their teeth. Ironically, many of these parents may just be hypocrites. An estimated one in four adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day, including one third of the male population.
It’s not news when someone finds themselves facing oral surgery due to improper teeth maintenance, considering the frequency it seems to occur. Orthodontists can perform a multitude of dental procedures required to return someone’s teeth to good condition. Implants such as crowns and veneers have become popular operations because these replacements can be more reliable than actual teeth. Some people even have them im (more…)
Having a good-looking set of teeth plays a huge role in your overall level of self-confidence and the way others perceive you. However, studies have shown that Americans don’t practice dental hygiene habits as well as they should, which has led to an influx in cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry. If you fall into the portion of Americans who don’t take care of their teeth, it’s not too late to make a change.
Take a look at these four surprising facts about dental hygiene in the United States:
1. We don’t visit the dentist as much as we should: Dentists recommend t (more…)