Oral Health Information: For Patients
With oral health being spotlighted this month, it is especially important to understand your overall oral health. That is why we have gathered information for you to share with your patients so they can increase their understanding of oral health. Feel free to share this information on your professional web pages or to print out for your offices to share with your patients directly.
It is noted that poor oral health can affect the whole body. There are very simple guidelines that can help for us to eliminate and prevent poor oral health. These include brushing your teeth 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste, replacing your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist every 6 months. These tasks may seem easy, but many people are affected by poor oral health. The following are facts about oral health.
- More than 1 in 4, or 27%, of adults have untreated tooth decay.
- Nearly half of all adults, 46%, aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease.
- Severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults.
With this knowledge, it is important to properly take care of ourselves to prevent diseases. In order to do so we must look at all areas of our lives. Lifestyle choices can play a large part in our oral health as well. It is also important to talk to your dental professionals to see what else can be done to take care of your oral health.
Anthem. (1970, August 13). 5 Things That Will Change the Way You Think About Brushing and Flossing. Retrieved March 7, 2019, from https://www.anthem.com/infographic/living-healthy/5-dental-health-facts/?cnslocale=en_US_co