Dentists often say that there are two types of people: those who are prone to cavities, and those who are prone to periodontal disease. Most of us report that we brush and floss daily, but almost half of all American adults are suffering from some form of periodontal disease. Often referred to as gingivitis, the bacteria that cause periodontal infections can cause bone loss, bad breath, and even tooth loss in extreme cases. Taking care to brush and floss daily — and to replace toothbrushes every six weeks — is the first step toward professional dental care.
Adults neglect to brush and floss, so how can we help our children remember to brush their teeth twice daily? A nice smile that shows healthy teeth and gums is a major asset: people who have healthy teeth are more likely to get hired.