Just about half (50.5%) of Americans floss every day — and that also means half of all Americans are not flossing on a regular basis. This fact is pretty telling, and it is an accurate snapshot of dental and oral health in the U.S. People of all ages have untreated cavities and poor dental habits, and they are especially prone to even greater problems, like mild to severe gum disease or periodontal disease. How did this happen? Some Americans may believe that lackadaisical brushing and flossing affect their oral and dental health only. That’s just not true. Your teeth and gums can also affect many other areas of your life. Here’s how.
You May Be More Susceptible To Serious Health Problems
There are many benefits of family dental services and dentistry in general. Professional cleanings and preventive dental work, for instance, can do a great deal of good for your health. Without regular cleaning, orthodontics, and traditional and/or cosmetic dentistry, patients may suffer from dental decay. Dental decay increases the likelihood of gum inflammation and gum infections, and poor oral health can ultimately leak into other areas of your life as well. Americans with poor oral health have heightened risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and sometimes even dementia.
Poor Dental Hygiene May Sabotage That Job Interview
Over two-thirds of Americans believe that a bad smile can negatively affect your career. (That may be why tooth whitening, an aesthetic procedure, is also the most common dental treatment.) For instance, at a job interview, recruiters assess candidates on their physical appearance and hygiene. Having stained, yellow teeth may suggest a lack of effort on your part, which can be a turn off for a prospective employer. Employers, after all, want evidence that you do your best at whatever you do.
Letting your dental and oral health go doesn’t just affect the appearance of your teeth. It may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, and — in some cases — it can even prevent you from advancing in your career. So schedule your appointment today – you will be glad you did, and so will others!