It's no secret that practicing good oral hygiene daily is important. We've been told since childhood to brush and floss daily. And the words plaque and gingivitis have become commonplace due to their exposure on television, radio, and in magazines. We are constantly being bombarded by ads from the media that try to sell us new dental products. Models with dazzling smiles insist that you must try this new wonder toothpaste. Every product boasts that it is new and improved, better than the rest. Buying a new toothbrush is enough to make your head spin.
So why is it that three out of four adults will develop some form of periodontal disease (gum disease) in their lifetimes? And why are children still getting cavities at alarming rates?
To keep your teeth healthy, it is important to have a basic working knowledge of gum disease and tooth decay. It is also important that you establish an effective daily oral hygiene routine and have regular visits to your dentist/dental hygienist.